Review: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

Hello 2017! Even though I read this book in 2016, it’s my first official book review of 2017 and I couldn’t be happier with this new year kick off!

Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. Even though she’s graduated at the top of her class from college and things seem positive in her life, everything takes a turn for the worst.

She was unceremoniously dumped by her “almost fiancé” she abandons her grad school plans and instead spends her days lolling on the couch, watching reruns of Sex and the City, and leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it.

Her friends don’t know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback, while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews.

Basically Kate is lost and has no idea what to do with her life. Then suddenly a job at the prestigious Hudson Day School lands in her lap and a whole new world opens for her.

Through every dishy, page-turning twist, it seems that one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary—including the truly unexpected.

I don’t read a whole lot of chick lit but this book sounded so entertaining and funny that I had to give it a go. I work in education admissions so this book sounded like something I could relate to and I wasn’t wrong. It was cheeky and funny and I really enjoyed Kate as the lead character.

Even though it was told in the third person, I still felt like I could relate to Kate as well as the other characters and enjoy their story. I think what I loved about this story the most was how much I could relate to it because of my job. For teachers, school counselors, and others who have worked in education and had to deal with helicopter and high maintenance parents as well as entitlement issues with parents and students then this book will find a special place in your hearts! Working in a school environment made this book all the more endearing for me.

While I think I loved this book more because of it, I don’t think you need to be a school worker to find humor and charm in this book. Poeppel has a great wit and ability to bring humor to various situations and I loved that about this book. Not to mention it was an easy quick read, just what I needed coming off the holiday season.

There was also a romantic element in the book but it wasn’t overwhelmingly the focus of the book which was nice but on the other hand I kind of wanted it to be. Sometimes in chick lit it’s either all romance or all personal journey stories but this book had a nice mixture of both so I liked that a lot…..even if I did want the whole book to be romance, the way it was written was satisfying.

On the whole, this was a great book and I loved the humor and journey of the character. I loved Kate and wanted all the best for her in this novel! If you are looking for something entertaining to kick off the holiday season then this is the book for you!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

  • ebook, 368 pages
    Published December 27th 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
    ISBN 1501122541 (ISBN13: 9781501122545)
    Review copy provided by: Author/Publisher in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5

Genre: Romance, womens fiction, chick lit

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

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