Book Reviews of The Ivy Chronicles

The Ivy Chronicles
The Ivy Chronicles
Author: Karen Quinn
ISBN-13: 9780670033812
ISBN-10: 0670033812
Publication Date: 1/31/2005
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 90 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
Fluff- but fun fluff. Great for a plane ride, rainy day or when you want to zone out and realize how ridiculous rich people in NYC can be.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this story. It was very funny and unexpected. It's a quick read that grabs you from page one and the laughs just keep going.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a very amusing look at private kindergarten admissions in NYC. The characters are smartly written. This is a fun summer read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Quick, entertaining read. Some of the subplots are a little unbelieveable, but overall I enjoyed the book!
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Ivy Ames loves her job, goes home early, hoping to get a hug from her husband (who has been out of work himself for 8 months) and finds him in the tub with a co-workers husband. She kicks him out and then has to re-think her entire life. The gorgeous apartment goes, the nanny goes, the dog walker goes. She gets an idea from a friend and begins to help people with getting their children - YOUNG children - into exclusive private schools. In doing so, she ends up finding herself.
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Great Read about High Society (School Admissions) Life.
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very cute story, and an easy read.
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HILARIOUS !!! How much truth is in this ?? No idea, but hilarious nonetheless.
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If you enjoyed the Nanny Diaries you'll love this novel. I was completely enthralled with the riches to rags story and how you really get a glimpse into the life of preschool entrance exams among the rich. I guess it's true you really will do ANYTHING for your children.
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Not my kind of book. Way too much fluff.
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A funny novel, but not very profound. An entertaining read otherwise
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Really cute read. I really enjoyed it
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The Ivy Chronicles is a laugh-out loud story about the cutthroat and corrupt kindergarten private school admission process in New York City, specifically, Manhattan. These wealthy and eclectic parents will stop at nothing to get their little darlings admitted to the top tier kindergartens known as the Little Ivies. Karen Quinn actually navigated these waters and her accounting of the ups and downs are positively hysterical. I haven't laughed this much in ages!
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When turbocharged Park Avenue mom Ivy Ames finds she's been downsized from her highpowered corporate job and her marriage, she swiftly realizes that she's going to need a whole new way to support herself and her two private school daughters. At first she does the obvious thing: she panics. Then she decides to put her years of marketing savvy to work and dreams up a brilliant new business-helping upscale New Yorkers get their little darlings into the most exclusive kindergartens in the city.
Ivy enters a parent-eat-parent world where the egos are directly proportional to their owners' enormous incomes, peopled by her only-in-Manhattan clients, including:
Lilith Radmore-Stein, a newspapre mogul who is willing to risk her entire empire in a demented effort to get her son admitted to Harvard Day
Omar Kuthcer ("Kuthcer the Butcher") a cold-blooded mob boss who seeks Ivy's counsel on whether to bump off or pat off the powers-that-be to get his "little pistol" into the city's best all-girl catholic school
Stu Needleman, Ivy's most obnoxious client, who threatens to ruin her if she won't help his four-year-old unibrowed daughter cheat on her kindergarten exam
Willow Bliss and Tina Herrera, the biracial lesbian parents of an adopted wheelchair-bound black child who is the "triple crown of diversity" that every school will covet
From the backstabbers of corporate America to the leading toddlers of Fifth Avenue, The Ivy Chronicles is more than an insider's look at this elite and utterly preposterous universe. It is also a tale of midlife re-invention and unexpected romance-for anyone who has ever lost what she holds dear and had to start over again.