Ambitious parents, wilful kids, and the pursuit of prestige - no matter the cost... A gripping page-turner, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies.
'More than a touch of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies' The Observer
In the peaceful, privileged community of Crystal, Colorado, a group of close friends are raising their families in harmony.
Until one day, news begins to spread that a 'gifted school' will be opening its doors in their town. There are only a few prestigious places, and the competition will be ferocious.
As parents and children begin to compete, cracks start to show in this picturesque community. Fault lines appear between friends and siblings, in marriages and careers, as old resentments start to simmer and long-buried secrets threaten to detonate under the pressure...
Just how far will these parents go to give their children a good education, and what will be the ultimate price?
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'Wise and addictive... an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class'
NEW YORK TIMES
'Snapping with tension, this is a book for our times. It will push a lot of buttons for a lot of people'
SHARI LAPENA, AUTHOR OF THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
'Like Big Little Lies with standardized testing... a deeply pleasurable read'
MEG WOLITZER, AUTHOR OF THE FEMALE PERSUASION
'Exposes how easily a mix of good intentions, self-delusions, and minor sins can escalate'
THE NEW YORKER
'The summer read that predicted the college-admissions scandal'
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
'Timely and relevant'
'A (hilariously) timely book that explores the lengths to which privileged parents will go to get their kids a top education'
NEW YORK POST
'On the pulse of modern times'
MAGIC BOOK CLUB
'If you loved the shananigans of the pushy parents in TV hit Big Little Lies you'll love this scorching novel . . . bitingly dark'
'Relevant and relatable'
In this sharply entertaining novel from Holsinger (The Invention of Fire), Crystal, Colo., is an affluent community where a new gifted magnet school for grades six through 12 will soon open. With limited spaces available, the competition among parents to get their offspring into the school, called the "Stuyvesant of the Rockies," turns ruthless. Dr. Rose Holland, a pediatric neurologist, uses her position to gather inside information that could be vital for her daughter, Emma Q's, admission. Queen bee Samantha Zeller and her moneyman husband, Kevin, are not above lying about the IQ test results of their daughter, Emma Z. Divorced Azra and Beck are forced to deal with the emotional fallout when the admission process causes friction between their twin sons. And single mother Lauren's daughter, Tessa, recently out of rehab, keeps a video blog that sees through all the adult pretensions around her. As the application process spools out, it pits parent against parent, student against student, and spouse against spouse until relationships are frayed to the breaking point and betrayals build to a shattering climax during an open house at the new school. This depiction of the depths to which some parents will stoop to win social advantage for their offspring makes for a smart, piercing novel, and timely given recent headlines.