The Ivy by Lauren Kunze with Rina Onur

book cover of   The Ivy    (Ivy, book 1)  by  Lauren Kunze and   Rina Onur
Read a synopsis here!
Number of pages: 322
The Ivy was actually a good book! It wasn’t great, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well the story line was written and carried out. The Ivy starts out with Callie Andrews on her first day at Harvard, and she begins to get to know her roommates, and the extremely attractive boys living just across the hall. Of course Callie continuously falls and has a few social blunders in the following weeks, and she feels as if everyone will know her as the klutz from California.
This I found a little unbelievable. Yes, it’s written in 2010/2011 and there is a lot of social media so things spread, but come on, Harvard has thousands of students. Not every single person is going to know or care about her tripping in the dining hall. 
In the beginning of the novel, Callie is the perfect student, going to class and  taking notes, but as the novel progresses she starts to care a lot more about her social status. This is when I started losing respect for her because, for crying out loud, you’re at Harvard. Many students pine and pine to get in there and can’t, and Callie is there and I felt that she was wasting her educational opportunities. Of course she should join some clubs, and try to advance her social career as well, but come on, it’s not as big of deal as she made it out to be. 
Callie also wants to keep a secret all to herself, and constantly cries about the circumstances of the situation that it has put her in (the incident occurred back when she was in California and she hopes that it does not follow her to Harvard). I started to think her too, why did she not take legal action? Sure, she might be embarrassed, but if she’s going to Harvard she’s got to have at least SOME brains up in that beach blonde head.
Towards the end of the book there was just one element that I could not get out of my mind. Callie has to email a paper to herself to print in a lab, because she doesn’t own a flash drive. Come on, you live in 2010/2011, and you’re going to HARVARD, how do you NOT own a flash drive? I found that way too unbelievable so the circumstance that was related to this handicap sort of made the conclusion feel too fake and forced. The story definitely could have taken a different route.
It was a good plot line, and I would say the writing was nice, but there was a few circumstances that just felt way too unbelievable. Hopefully, the second and third novels in this series are better!
See you soon!
Paige

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