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Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they'll each get what they deserve. College admissions season at Seattle's Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it's allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers d Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they'll each get what they deserve. College admissions season at Seattle's Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it's allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cut-throat than they could have imagined. Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter's place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar daughter down. That's when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn't appear to be an accident at all. As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they're willing to cross to secure their daughters' futures...and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.


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Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they'll each get what they deserve. College admissions season at Seattle's Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it's allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers d Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they'll each get what they deserve. College admissions season at Seattle's Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it's allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cut-throat than they could have imagined. Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter's place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar daughter down. That's when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn't appear to be an accident at all. As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they're willing to cross to secure their daughters' futures...and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.

30 review for Girls with Bright Futures

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Three dreams to get into Stanford. Three Daughters. Three Mothers. Three Motivations. It is college admissions time at EBA (Elliot Bay Academy) in Seattle. Applications have been submitted, fingers have been crossed and lines have been crossed. Everyone is upset when Stanford announces that they are only allotting one slot to the school to non-athletes, students and parents alike are scrambling. Alicia is a tech giant who is determined that her daughter, Brooke is going to attend Stanford. Alicia Three dreams to get into Stanford. Three Daughters. Three Mothers. Three Motivations. It is college admissions time at EBA (Elliot Bay Academy) in Seattle. Applications have been submitted, fingers have been crossed and lines have been crossed. Everyone is upset when Stanford announces that they are only allotting one slot to the school to non-athletes, students and parents alike are scrambling. Alicia is a tech giant who is determined that her daughter, Brooke is going to attend Stanford. Alicia went there and wants her daughter to get in so bad she can taste it. It consumes her. Her daughter, on the other hand is ambivalent and at best, an average student. Alicia is willing and ready to do what it takes for her daughter to attend Stanford. Maren is Alicia's assistant and her daughter; Winnie is the top of her class. She is intelligent, articulate and wants to go to Stanford so bad that she can taste it. Things get sticky as Alicia is Maren's boss and has been paying Winnie's tuition to EBA and has promised to also pay her college tuition as well. Maren cannot afford the tuition and hopes Alicia keeps her promise of paying for Winnie's college education. Kelly, a Stanford alum, has three children attending EBA and uses her influence with the PTA and insider knowledge to try to get her fragile daughter, Krissie, into Stanford. She wants her daughter to go to Stanford so bad that she can taste it. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure her daughter in the student from EBA who attends Stanford. But with only one spot left, who will get in? Who will Stanford select? Will big buck donations help a student get admitted? Will underhanded actions be what it takes to get your child an acceptance letter? Will brains and hard work win Stanford over? With just one slot available, who will come out on top? Days before final applications are due, a student has a near fatal accident. But is it an accident? It does not appear to be. But who would do such a thing? Is it a coincidence? Is it related to the admission process? Talk about a timely read with the college admissions bribery scandal in 2019 which involved celebrities and wealthy parents getting caught cheating, bribing and scheming to get their children into top universities. Jeepers, just what will parents do to see their children get ahead. Plus, what message are you sending your children? In this book, the antics of some parents are quite dastardly, produce eye rolls and are comical at times. Who knew college admissions were so cutthroat! Every parent wants the best for their child, but what if your dreams for your child do not coincide with their wants and dreams? What if you wanted something so badly for them that you lose all sense of right and wrong? What if you do not care? What if you are willing to do ANYTHING to make things happen for your child? This was a fun and gripping look at power, greed, privilege, losing sight of the important things, college admissions, and being supportive of your child. It was fun to watch as the story unraveled, and we get a glimpse into the mothers’ thoughts and motivations through their POV chapters. The book is also told in parts and each one shines. Thought provoking, captivating and entertaining! Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Every mother dreams of a bright future of their children but what if they go too far, expecting their children succeed their unresolved dreams by putting extra pressure, playing dirty, being power thirsty, crossing the lines, getting definitely out of control! When three moms turn into mom-azillas to do whatever it takes for their children’s filling the last empty space at Stanford, the cutthroat competition between them raises the stakes, increasing the tension! Their actions remind us of gre Every mother dreams of a bright future of their children but what if they go too far, expecting their children succeed their unresolved dreams by putting extra pressure, playing dirty, being power thirsty, crossing the lines, getting definitely out of control! When three moms turn into mom-azillas to do whatever it takes for their children’s filling the last empty space at Stanford, the cutthroat competition between them raises the stakes, increasing the tension! Their actions remind us of great definition of insanity! We can call this “tiger parenting”, these mothers definitely love putting pressure for their daughters to attain high levels of academic achievements. Things get too far and one of their’s daughter injures herself at the accident just a few days before application deadline. Wow! This is jaw dropping, thrilling but also so much entertaining, fast, gripping, riveting reading! We already saw the real life examples during the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman became the faces of those mothers who want brilliant future of their children, violating the rules, playing dirty and facing the consequences ! This book is a great mashup of Desperate Housewives meets Big Little Lies ( by the way the real college scandal series are in the works)! I thought some parts include some cliches and exaggeration but now I think maybe it’s not. After seeing real life examples and reading so many stories about tiger parenting stories I started to think, the things I’ve read in this book can be definitely real! So I enjoyed the gripping writing style keep me in my toes and I never get bored or lost my interest during my read. I’m giving my shiny four, scandalous, momazilla stars! So many thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christina McDonald

    Wickedly paced and devilishly clever, Girls with Bright Futures is a serious case of moms behaving badly, perfectly showcasing the dark side of ambition in the cut-throat world of elite college admissions. With a ripped-from-the-headlines feel a la Felicity Huffman, we get a deep look at the frantic lives of three moms, each willing to do just about anything to secure the future they want for their children. But when one of their daughters suffers a near-fatal accident just days before the applic Wickedly paced and devilishly clever, Girls with Bright Futures is a serious case of moms behaving badly, perfectly showcasing the dark side of ambition in the cut-throat world of elite college admissions. With a ripped-from-the-headlines feel a la Felicity Huffman, we get a deep look at the frantic lives of three moms, each willing to do just about anything to secure the future they want for their children. But when one of their daughters suffers a near-fatal accident just days before the application deadline, they have to decide what lines they are willing to cross. Like Real Housewives meets Big Little Lies, you won't want to miss this wildly entertaining read. For those who enjoy mischief and mayhem in an urban, ultra-competitive private school setting, this smart and riveting debut is for you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    It's college admissions season at Seattle's Elliot Bay Academy and things are about to get a "bit" extra... Woah! The lengths some of these parents went to in order to get their children accepted into top-tier institutions was unreal. All the money being thrown around, the lies and deception. There wasn't a line they wouldn't cross. I LOVED this book!! The storyline was just SO GOOD! 👏 Every mother dreams of a bright future for their children. This is the story of what happens when parents go too It's college admissions season at Seattle's Elliot Bay Academy and things are about to get a "bit" extra... Woah! The lengths some of these parents went to in order to get their children accepted into top-tier institutions was unreal. All the money being thrown around, the lies and deception. There wasn't a line they wouldn't cross. I LOVED this book!! The storyline was just SO GOOD! 👏 Every mother dreams of a bright future for their children. This is the story of what happens when parents go too far. When they overlook their child's needs/desires and focus on their own. But it's also so much more than that ... Did anyone else picture the parents on Dance Moms while reading this? Hahaha!! Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for my review copy! Grab your copy today!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. Ah, Girls with Bright Futures is full of such delicious drama and deceit! As a parent, you want what’s best for your child, and you certainly want to give them every advantage to help them succeed. But three mothers of students at the prestigious Elliott Bay Academy (EBA) take that idea to the extreme. The Academy has always been able to help its most valuable students (read: wealthiest and those whose parents are the most powerful) get into the prestigious schools of their choice. S 4.5 stars. Ah, Girls with Bright Futures is full of such delicious drama and deceit! As a parent, you want what’s best for your child, and you certainly want to give them every advantage to help them succeed. But three mothers of students at the prestigious Elliott Bay Academy (EBA) take that idea to the extreme. The Academy has always been able to help its most valuable students (read: wealthiest and those whose parents are the most powerful) get into the prestigious schools of their choice. Sometimes it's just influence, sometimes it's a little financial contribution here or there, but success is almost always achieved. But this year, when Stanford announces that it only has one more slot for an EBA student after the athletes it will accept, three mothers will have to fight for their daughters' futures. For cutthroat tech CEO Alicia, there hasn’t been a problem her money and power haven’t solved for her, and she’s certainly not going to stop now. Who cares if her daughter doesn’t really want to go to Stanford? Kelly, who always believed the fact that she and her husband are both Stanford alums would be a hook for her daughter, tries to wield the insider information and power she’s gained as a school leader. Meanwhile Maren, Alicia's personal assistant, doesn’t have the money or the influence to compete in this battle, although she probably has the daughter most deserving of the slot. When one of the girls gets seriously injured in an accident (or was it?), the stakes get exponentially higher. Secrets will be exposed and lies will be brought to light. Will anyone win? Girls with Bright Futures was such a great and soapy read. I do love the whole adults behaving badly theme of this book. It’s frightening to think that some of this behavior actually does happen! Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman have written a book you just might not be able to put down! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Girls with Bright Futures was an addicting book to dive into. Since I've read so many books and watched a ton of movies and shows with backstabbing parents/people - well, it's safe to say that I was all over the place with vibes. It wasn't hard to start thinking of other things once you get sucked into the story. Especially when you have three tiger moms (in a way) that will do whatever it takes to get their kids to follow I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Girls with Bright Futures was an addicting book to dive into. Since I've read so many books and watched a ton of movies and shows with backstabbing parents/people - well, it's safe to say that I was all over the place with vibes. It wasn't hard to start thinking of other things once you get sucked into the story. Especially when you have three tiger moms (in a way) that will do whatever it takes to get their kids to follow their dreams. The competition, twists, and all the turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, I wasn't expecting so many deep dark secrets to come out. Or to meet so many assholes and twatwaffles in this book either. There's one scene that really pisses me off too. I don't want to go into great detail because it would be a huge spoiler.. but just know that I was pissed . Other than that, this book was pretty damn easy to devour. A lot is happening throughout the book and it might be a bit hard to keep track of it all. Just know that it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I do wish that I got more of something though - justice, karma, bloodshed. You name it - I wanted it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    "Girls with Bright Futures" is an "OMG!" impossible-to-put-down book about the college admissions process that earned top scores with this reader. How far will mothers go to secure a coveted spot at a prestigious Ivy League university for their daughters?  The answer will surprise you! This compelling college admissions saga focuses on three families with daughters attending Elliot Bay Academy, an elite private college-preparatory school.   All daughters are in the process of applying to college a "Girls with Bright Futures" is an "OMG!" impossible-to-put-down book about the college admissions process that earned top scores with this reader. How far will mothers go to secure a coveted spot at a prestigious Ivy League university for their daughters?  The answer will surprise you! This compelling college admissions saga focuses on three families with daughters attending Elliot Bay Academy, an elite private college-preparatory school.   All daughters are in the process of applying to college and qualify for an early-decision admission spot at Stanford.   THE PROBLEM:  There is only one Stanford spot available for Elliot Bay Acadamy students.   THE SOLUTION:   Since Rick Singer is not an option, what can a family do???   TRUE CONFESSION:   I was hesitant to give this book a try.   The authors were unknown and I had already "overdosed" on our country's most recent college admissions scandal.  Also, how good can a book about three teens applying to college be??? After listening to a short audio clip of the book, however, I decided to give it a try and I am glad that I did because this book truly surpassed my wildest expectations.   This book was very fast-paced with strong character development and a great flow.   I listened to the book's audio version (11 hours) and I was unable to stop listening and finished the book in two days.   The narrator was superb.  The book's beginning/middle was much stronger than the book's ending, but this book still easily earned its 5-stars. It's difficult to believe that this is the first novel penned by this "author team", and I will definitely be looking forward to reading future titles by these talented authors. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    Wowzer!!! Moms can be SCARY!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 / 5 stars Girls with Bright Futures is an intriguing and captivating book. It is part Women's Fiction and part mystery/suspense/thriller. This book takes place in Seattle and is divided into 3 parts. There is a prologue that takes place on October 29th, a few weeks before Part 1. The story goes back and forth between the time in the prologue and the present. Part 2 starts after October 29th and just moves forward in regular time. There are 3 female POVs (3 mothers): Maren, Alicia and Kelly (3rd 4.5 / 5 stars Girls with Bright Futures is an intriguing and captivating book. It is part Women's Fiction and part mystery/suspense/thriller. This book takes place in Seattle and is divided into 3 parts. There is a prologue that takes place on October 29th, a few weeks before Part 1. The story goes back and forth between the time in the prologue and the present. Part 2 starts after October 29th and just moves forward in regular time. There are 3 female POVs (3 mothers): Maren, Alicia and Kelly (3rd person POVs). Maren's daughter is Winnie. Alicia's daughter is Brooke. And Kelly's daughter is Krissie. All three of their daughters go to Elliot Bay Academy (a competitive private school in Seattle). Alicia is one of the most powerful women in tech. She will do anything to get what she wants. Maren is her longtime personal assistant. Kelly does a ton of volunteer work at her kids' school. All three girls want to go to Stanford. This book is basically about the lengths that they and especially their moms go to in pursuit of this dream. The beginning was very strong and had me hooked right from the start. There is a very interesting mystery added to this story. And I enjoyed that aspect of the book. Besides the mystery there was another super intriguing part of the story (to do with DNA). It was so interesting to see what some people were willing to do to get into the college of their choice. It definitely reminded me of the college admissions scandal with Lori Loughlin. Overall, this was such a good read. The story was riveting and the epilogue was really great. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, netgalley and edelweiss for allowing me to read this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman. Thanks to @netgalley and @sourcebooks for the e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s senior year at the elite school, Elliot Bay Academy in Seattle. While students prepare to submit their college applications, the parents begin schemes and scandals that rock the community. I could not put this book down. Since I binge read all day, I usually alternate reading two books at once. I could not do that with this one, so I read it straight through. This is Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman. Thanks to @netgalley and @sourcebooks for the e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s senior year at the elite school, Elliot Bay Academy in Seattle. While students prepare to submit their college applications, the parents begin schemes and scandals that rock the community. I could not put this book down. Since I binge read all day, I usually alternate reading two books at once. I could not do that with this one, so I read it straight through. This is the exact type of drama I love to read about: wealthy, helicopter moms, with both their priorities and boundaries completely out of wack. It reminded me a bit of the Gifted School, but even more drama! It had hints of the recent college admission scandals that have been in the news. I found myself wondering if that was what inspired the authors! A main take away as a parent from this book.... if you care more about the college admission process than your child, you may want to rethink the plan! Girls with Bright Futures comes out 2/2/21.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    Elliott Bay Academy is one of the top private schools in the Seattle area and the school prides itself on the fact that it's students get into top-tier colleges. When Stanford University lets the school leadership know that since they've already accepted several student athletes from EBA for the next year, that only one more student from EBA will be accepted at Standford. This sets off a fierce competitions between 3 senior girls and their moms. The narrative shifts between the 3 moms: Maren, Al Elliott Bay Academy is one of the top private schools in the Seattle area and the school prides itself on the fact that it's students get into top-tier colleges. When Stanford University lets the school leadership know that since they've already accepted several student athletes from EBA for the next year, that only one more student from EBA will be accepted at Standford. This sets off a fierce competitions between 3 senior girls and their moms. The narrative shifts between the 3 moms: Maren, Alicia and Kelly. Alicia is the CEO of a large tech company and is definitely cut throat. Her daughter is not so cut throat. Maren is a younger, single mom who works as Alicia's personal assistant. Her daughter is the top of her class and has dreamed of going to Stanford since she was young. Kelly is a Stanford alum, head of the PTA and a bit of a gossip. Her daughter is super anxioys about the whole deal. The book starts out with Maren rushing to the ER after she learns that her daughter was injured in a hit & run accident. The story then flashes back to earlier in the school year when all this intense competition started. There's lots of backstabbing, sneaky maneuvers, rumor mills, people digging up secrets etc. The book reminded me of both Big Little Lies and The Gifted School. It also, for me, brought to mind the college admissions scandal that has been on the news that past couple of years. Oh, what lengths some parents will go to in order to get their kids into college!! It was one of those books that I had to work hard to put down. I split my time between the eBook and the audiobook and enjoyed it in both formats. Thank you to the publisher for the audiobook in exchange for my honest review!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Big Little Lies meets the College Admission Scandal in this timely, split-perspective thriller. This book followed, primarily, three different mothers whose daughters attended the same school and were hopeful of also attending the same college, afterwards. The problem in their way was Stanford's limited acceptance. The solution was that doors could be opened with the contents of one's wallet. Due to the multitude of perspectives, I found this a very intriguing insight to how differing individuals Big Little Lies meets the College Admission Scandal in this timely, split-perspective thriller. This book followed, primarily, three different mothers whose daughters attended the same school and were hopeful of also attending the same college, afterwards. The problem in their way was Stanford's limited acceptance. The solution was that doors could be opened with the contents of one's wallet. Due to the multitude of perspectives, I found this a very intriguing insight to how differing individuals reacted to the barriers in their paths and also the wider implications these may have. College acceptance was portrayed here as heavily skewed towards the affluent members of societies, who had money to pave the way of their beloved offspring's success, despite their actual academic downfalls. Others had legacy to do the work for them, and each generation waltzed where they pleased with only the resource of a good last name to aid them. For those not so lucky as to be born with these privileges, hard-work and one's own merit had to be good enough. And, often, it was not. This made for an absolutely infuriating read and I can only imagine how heart-wrenching it must feel for any individual who has faced these closed doors only to witness them open for another clearly less deserving. I thought the subject was broached with honesty but also sensitivity and included a cover of all angles. Alongside this focus was another even more emotional in nature and it intertwined with the primary plot to deliver a raw and honest insight to modern America, with the struggles many families face when wealth and academic acumen have such a high importance placed upon them. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the authors, Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman, the narrator, Mia Barron, and the publisher, Recorded Books, for this opportunity.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This book resonated with me as a parent of teens whose college admission consumed us with GPAs, entrance exams, community hours, and of course dealing with the competition as admission decisions were being made. I found this book compulsively readable as within the story is a thriller where the competition becomes super high stakes when Stanford announced that only one student will be accepted. Written in the voice of three very different women where class and privilege divide is evident and vis This book resonated with me as a parent of teens whose college admission consumed us with GPAs, entrance exams, community hours, and of course dealing with the competition as admission decisions were being made. I found this book compulsively readable as within the story is a thriller where the competition becomes super high stakes when Stanford announced that only one student will be accepted. Written in the voice of three very different women where class and privilege divide is evident and visceral. Starting from the thrilling epilogue, this book was addictive as the differing point of views deliver tight plotting in three parts, and perfectly paced story lines. I really loved this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman in exchange for my honest review.*** Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. If the moms in Big Little Lies had high school seniors, they would be GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES. Stanford, the first choice university for three ambitious high school seniors, well, actually their mothers, is only offering one place to a student at the exclusive private s ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman in exchange for my honest review.*** Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. If the moms in Big Little Lies had high school seniors, they would be GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES. Stanford, the first choice university for three ambitious high school seniors, well, actually their mothers, is only offering one place to a student at the exclusive private school EBA. Although the least qualified, wealthy business mogul Alicia Stone believes her daughter Brooke deserves that spot and Alicia is willing to buy her way in. Scholarship student Winnie, first in her class has earned the spot, but her mom Maren discourages Winnie from applying for fear of upsetting her boss, Alicia. Kelly’s daughter Krissie doesn’t want Stanford as much as her mom withers with anxiety under the pressure. Then Winnie is almost killed in a hit and run, threatened to withdraw her Stanford application. GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES needs to be an HBO miniseries. Though primarily a story from the moms’ points of view, I fell in love with Winnie and her fierce moral compass. Initially I didn’t like Maren, but her character was steeped in nuance by the end I was cheering out loud for her. I don’t want to give too much away, except to say that GIRLD WITH BRIGHT FUTURES is a deeply satisfying story that I also hope to listen to on audiobook once it’s released.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    If you are a parent with a school-going child, you would certainly have encountered "Mom-zillas", mothers who are overinvested in every aspect of their child's life. Girls With Bright Futures has some such interesting monster moms, that can entertain you and open your eyes to how obsessed people become over trivial matters. We get to meet Maren (a single mother working multiple jobs) and her daughter Winnie (a class topper who dreams of going to Stanford), Alicia (ultra-wealthy president of a te If you are a parent with a school-going child, you would certainly have encountered "Mom-zillas", mothers who are overinvested in every aspect of their child's life. Girls With Bright Futures has some such interesting monster moms, that can entertain you and open your eyes to how obsessed people become over trivial matters. We get to meet Maren (a single mother working multiple jobs) and her daughter Winnie (a class topper who dreams of going to Stanford), Alicia (ultra-wealthy president of a tech company, Stanford alumna, dreams of her daughter following her path to Stanford) and her daughter Brooke (doesn't want to go to Stanford and rebels against her mom's pressure), & Kelly (middle class stay at home mom, active in PTA and school activities, Stanford alumna) and her daughter Chrissie (pressures herself to such an extent to go to Stanford that she is suffering from depression.) A couple of days before the Standard early admissions are supposed to close, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, leading to a nightmarish game of finger-pointing and blackmail. In the process, many more secrets come tumbling out and the mothers soon need to decide to what extent they are willing to go to fulfill their or their children's dreams. The book is narrated from the point of view of the three mothers. Alicia, Kelly and Maren depict three different types of moms, all of whom are very realistically shown. There are many other characters in the book who make a great impact even if they don't have as many pages dedicated to them. The obsessiveness over getting into Ivy League colleges is shown to an extreme degree in the book, but from what I've read in the news, there are parents who are willing to do anything to get their children into the elite universities. The book makes a pointed social comment against this kind of craziness. The audiobook is narrated by Mia Barron, and she does a fantastic job. Her reading is crystal clear, and she uses distinct voices for characters, which help you focus on the narration very easily. I'd love to hear more books narrated by her. Overall, this was an entertaining and enlightening read. Recommended for those book lovers who look for a light yet thrilling break from intense books. Thank you, NetGalley and RB Media, for the Advanced Audio Review Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun. Follow me on Instagram: RoshReviews

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christi Flaker

    What happens when a highly coveted spot to Stanford is only accepting 1 more student from an extremely competitive private Seattle high school? Shenanigans and drama, of course! Girls with Bright Futures takes place at the, fictitious, Elliott Bay Academy in Seattle, WA. The mom's at the school turn into something akin to The Real Housewives like The Real Tiger Moms of College Admissions, as each is trying their best to secure the best college spot for their daughter. For our cast of tiger moms we What happens when a highly coveted spot to Stanford is only accepting 1 more student from an extremely competitive private Seattle high school? Shenanigans and drama, of course! Girls with Bright Futures takes place at the, fictitious, Elliott Bay Academy in Seattle, WA. The mom's at the school turn into something akin to The Real Housewives like The Real Tiger Moms of College Admissions, as each is trying their best to secure the best college spot for their daughter. For our cast of tiger moms we have mega-famous tech CEO Alicia Stone who cannot be embarrassed by her daughter not getting into her school of choice despite her poor scores, not perfect grades and a serious case of apathy about the whole thing. Next up is Maren, Alicia's right hand woman who has worked for her for years and is not willing to do anything to jeopardize her job, including allowing her daughter to pursue her dreams. The third main player is Kelly, a stay at home mom who gave up her career to raise her children. Kelly and her husband are both alumni of Stanford so her daughters spot should have been a lock but with only one spot Kelly becomes obsessive about being a shining star and doing what it takes to get her daughter in. I enjoyed the ride and the drama in this fast-paced read. It truly felt like I was reading some crazy storyline from a reality TV show highlighting powerful, rich families and the lengths they will go to for their kids. There was some mystery, suspense and intrigue to keep you flipping the pages to find out what would come around the next corner. I kept being amazed by the lengths some of the moms would go to, but I feel like this probably isn't too far from real life especially with the real life college admission scandal of recent memory. CW: rape, childhood illness Thank you to NetGalley and RB Media for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon May

    Many thanks to NetGalley and especially to Sourcebooks Landmark for granting my wish to receive a digital ARC of this fabulous debut novel by the writing team of Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman - 5 stars! It's early decision college application time for seniors at Seattle's exclusive Elliott Bay Academy. Stanford University is the only school at the top of three girls' lists, well, really the only school acceptable to their moms. When EBA notifies the parents that Stanford can only accept one m Many thanks to NetGalley and especially to Sourcebooks Landmark for granting my wish to receive a digital ARC of this fabulous debut novel by the writing team of Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman - 5 stars! It's early decision college application time for seniors at Seattle's exclusive Elliott Bay Academy. Stanford University is the only school at the top of three girls' lists, well, really the only school acceptable to their moms. When EBA notifies the parents that Stanford can only accept one more student, the fight is on. Tech giant Alicia is a graduate of Stanford and has put her considerable wealth into ensuring that spot belongs to her daughter Brooke. Brooke, however, is more of an average student. Kelly and her family don't quite have the money that many of the EBA families have but her and her husband are both alums. Kelly has devoted her life into being a super volunteer at EBA and spends what money the family does have on tutoring and prepping daughter Krissie. Krissie is only made more anxious by her mom's pressure. Then there is Maren, who works as the personal assistant to Alicia and owes her entire livelihood to her. She lives in a house that Alicia owns and Alicia pays for the very expensive EBA tuition. Her daughter, Winnie, is an outstanding scholar who has dreamed of following in Alicia's footsteps and attending Stanford. Let the battles begin! This is such a fabulous book - I couldn't put it down. And it's the perfect example of life imitating art - the authors' note says that the book was in editing when the real world college admission scandal broke out. The book is told in alternating chapters from the moms' point of view. While we all want what's best for our children, this book takes it to that next level and it's a sad commentary but written in a dark comedy/suspense style that will keep you glued to the pages. Pre-order this book now so that you have it when it goes on sale next week! I can't wait to read more from this talented duo!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Alicia is a tech giant and Stanford alum who has the habit of never hearing No and using money to make everything possible. Brook, her daughter, is not that smart of a student and also not keen to go to Stanford but having a mother like Alicia is not easy. Maren is Alicia's personal assistant and doesn't want to lose her job by competing with her boss. Winnie, her daughter, is the best student in her class in EBA and Stanford is her dream. She deserves to go there after all the hard work she has Alicia is a tech giant and Stanford alum who has the habit of never hearing No and using money to make everything possible. Brook, her daughter, is not that smart of a student and also not keen to go to Stanford but having a mother like Alicia is not easy. Maren is Alicia's personal assistant and doesn't want to lose her job by competing with her boss. Winnie, her daughter, is the best student in her class in EBA and Stanford is her dream. She deserves to go there after all the hard work she has done. Kelly is a stay at home mother who is so obsessed with her children's education that she doesn't get time to care about the line between right and wrong. Krissie, her daughter, is equally desperate to go to Stanford and is just behind Winnie in EBA. Three families and one slot of Stanford is available. All of them wanted it desperately, you have to read this book to find out who is most desperate and capable to do anything for it. This story is so addictive and intense which kept me hooked all the time. Character development was so smart and real. I've read the books where students are competing with others to go to their dream schools but this book was on another level. This book focused on how far some people can go to get what they want either by using power or other dark ways. There is a difference between being supportive and being a psychopath. The story was told from a different POV which gives an insight into every character and the way story moved from past to present to somewhere between, it made the story more mysterious. The ending was well-done and I really enjoyed how all the side stories connected with one another. I'll totally recommend it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    “...as long as you had the money and status to back you up, every line was made to be crossed.” When Stanford alerts the elite Elliot Bay Academy it only has only one early offer place for its graduating students, the competition for the slot quickly spirals out of control. Tech mogul Alicia is determined that her daughter, Brooke, will attend Stanford no matter the cost, Kelly will do anything to ensure her daughter Krissie will be the chosen one, while Maren, with none of the advantages of her “...as long as you had the money and status to back you up, every line was made to be crossed.” When Stanford alerts the elite Elliot Bay Academy it only has only one early offer place for its graduating students, the competition for the slot quickly spirals out of control. Tech mogul Alicia is determined that her daughter, Brooke, will attend Stanford no matter the cost, Kelly will do anything to ensure her daughter Krissie will be the chosen one, while Maren, with none of the advantages of her wealthy rivals, and her job as Alicia’s PA on the line, doesn’t know how to tell her daughter, Winnie, that her Stanford dream is over. With excellent pacing Girls With Bright Futures unfolds over two timelines and from three perspectives. It begins with a prologue which reveals one of the three Stanford hopefuls has been the victim of a hit and run, and then moves to a few weeks prior as Maren and Winnie are being informed by the school’s college counselor that Winnie needs to rethink her application to Stanford. It’s immediately clear to them both that while Winnie is the strongest academic candidate, Brooke has the edge because of her mother’s wealth and status. While Winnie isn’t willing to back down, Alicia has made it clear to Maren that should Winnie compete with Brooke for the spot, Maren will be fired, and renege on a secret deal that provides financial support for Winnie’s schooling. Meanwhile Kelly, PTA President and Stanford alum, whose daughter is perpetually in 2nd place to Winnie, and is not quite wealthy or powerful enough to compete with Alicia, attempts to topple Krissie’s rivals with gossip and innuendo. With my own daughter having graduated highschool last year, I am so glad for the far more egalitarian higher education system in place here. While the authors insist that the events in this novel are an exaggerated, they seem all too plausible given recent, and past events in the US news. Some parents have already proved they are willing to do anything to ensure their precious offspring has every advantage, and when they can’t earn it, they are willing to pay, manipulate, or even kill (hello Texas Cheerleader Mom) to ensure it. Alicia Stone is a character you love to hate, selfish and entitled she wields her privilege without mercy. Her behaviour is repetitively appalling, there is more than one instance in which she takes advantage of Winnie, and as Maren’s employer she is endlessly demanding. Brooke is an extension of her ego, rather than a person in her own right. As for Kelly, her whole self is invested in her children’s achievements and while she definitely crosses the line, at least she recognises there is one. Naturally it’s Maren that attracts the most sympathy, a single mom doing everything she can to support her bright daughter but caught in a difficult situation, given her reliance on her employer. And is if that’s not enough, she is totally blindsided when her rivals machinations dig up a painful secret from her past. For me, the authors struck just the right note with Girls With Bright Futures. I found the pace to be addictive, the drama wickedly entertaining, and the epilogue hugely satisfying.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    This book is a wild ride! The parents in it are completely over the top, doing whatever it takes to get their kids into a prestigious college, even if it means someone gets hurt. From the college admissions scandal that came out a year or two ago, I knew that some parents were doing illegal things, but this ramps up to a whole new level. In an elite private school that funnels students to the ivy league, multi-millionaire Alicia and stay at home mom Kelly are devoting all their resources to gett This book is a wild ride! The parents in it are completely over the top, doing whatever it takes to get their kids into a prestigious college, even if it means someone gets hurt. From the college admissions scandal that came out a year or two ago, I knew that some parents were doing illegal things, but this ramps up to a whole new level. In an elite private school that funnels students to the ivy league, multi-millionaire Alicia and stay at home mom Kelly are devoting all their resources to getting their daughters into Stanford. This includes bribes, hiring professionals to write essays, and spreading gossip about the competition. Meanwhile single mom Maren is just trying to get by when her daughter is badly hurt and the recipient of threats if she applies to Stanford. The differences in the moms is interesting and I liked the juxtaposition. They're all doing what they think is best for their kids, but need a reality check. There are several turns in this and I was on the edge the entire time waiting to see what would happen with all this craziness. I also cried at my desk when a rape is described in graphic detail, I wouldn't wish sexual assault on anyone. It's a difficult moment to listen to, but I was glad it was addressed. I really enjoyed this audiobook and recommend it if you're looking for an intense thriller. CW: graphic description of rape, attempted sexual assault I received this audiobook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Latest Book

    Getting into College is hard, but these women make getting into College quite scandalous. This book focuses on the desire that 3 women have to give their daughters the brightest future (aka get into the best college possible).⁣ ⁣ Bribery, money, blackmail, and even a hit and run 🥴 these mothers will stop at nothing to get their daughters to the top.⁣ ⁣ They were constantly crossing the line over of what is morally and ethically right and each time I was shocked there was even a line to still cross Getting into College is hard, but these women make getting into College quite scandalous. This book focuses on the desire that 3 women have to give their daughters the brightest future (aka get into the best college possible).⁣ ⁣ Bribery, money, blackmail, and even a hit and run 🥴 these mothers will stop at nothing to get their daughters to the top.⁣ ⁣ They were constantly crossing the line over of what is morally and ethically right and each time I was shocked there was even a line to still cross. They were ruthless & not in a way that I admired. All the while damaging other peoples reputations along the way. I was truly embarrassed for these women & I hated how some them never even thought to care about what would make their daughters happy. But there is a silver lining to all this and it’s the mother daughter relationship between Maren & Winnie. They were strong, outspoken, and most of all, compassionate towards one another.⁣ ⁣ Aside from all the gossipy, backstabbing, and ruthless women in this book, it was masterfully written and oh so entertaining. I was able to get through it in less than 2 days and enjoyed every minute.⁣ ⁣ May I suggest you read this one if you liked:⁣ Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty⁣ Reputation by Sara Sheppard⁣ The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger⁣

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Solar

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you are looking for tons of petty, gossipy fun without the guilt, look no further! This book is the definition of Moms Behaving Badly, and I loved every second. With the ultra-competitive and cutthroat world of Ivyplus college admissions season on full display, you’ll be blown away by the gall of these all too real mothers and the lines they are willing to cross. 👩🏻‍🎓 Girls With Bright Futures follows three moms with senior daughters (who are all Stanford hopefuls) at Seattle’s elite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you are looking for tons of petty, gossipy fun without the guilt, look no further! This book is the definition of Moms Behaving Badly, and I loved every second. With the ultra-competitive and cutthroat world of Ivyplus college admissions season on full display, you’ll be blown away by the gall of these all too real mothers and the lines they are willing to cross. 👩🏻‍🎓 Girls With Bright Futures follows three moms with senior daughters (who are all Stanford hopefuls) at Seattle’s elite Elliott Bay Academy. Alicia is the CEO of a tech giant, a Stanford alum, and mother to average student Brooke. Maren is Winnie’s mother, longtime personal assistant to Alicia, and a single mom who just wants the best for her extremely bright daughter. Kelly is the overzealous PTA president and the mom of “always second best” Krissie. When the news comes out that Stanford will only be accepting one student from EBA for early admission, the heat is on, and these ruthless moms will let nothing stand in their way to get their daughters the sole spot. 👩🏻‍🎓 From the first chapter, I knew this book was going to be addicting, and I was absolutely right. Early in the book, someone is involved in an accident and then we flash back to learn how we got there. I got serious Big Little Lies vibes, because although in this book we do know who has the accident, everything else is a total mystery. This was definitely ripped from the headlines from the Felicity Huffman/Lori Loughlin college admissions scandal, but with its own twists and turns I didn’t see coming. While there are some very dark parts, I had so much fun reading about the outrageous lengths these women were willing to go to. My jaw quite literally dropped several times while reading. The writing was extremely engaging, and the plot was constantly in motion, holding my interest from beginning to end. Grab a fluffy blanket and a glass (or a bottle?) of wine, and settle in for this deliciously scandalous novel! Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Holy crap. I stayed up half the night to finish this book! It’s not due out until February 2021, but you should add this book to your TBR right now! This book centers around three vastly different women. But each is determined to get her daughter what she deserves – even if it means destroying someone else’s dream in the process. It’s college admissions season at the most exclusive private academy in Seattle, where the students are as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford a Holy crap. I stayed up half the night to finish this book! It’s not due out until February 2021, but you should add this book to your TBR right now! This book centers around three vastly different women. But each is determined to get her daughter what she deserves – even if it means destroying someone else’s dream in the process. It’s college admissions season at the most exclusive private academy in Seattle, where the students are as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school that its allotting only one spot to the school for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cutthroat than they could have imagined. Tech giant Alicia aims to buy a place for her average (and reluctant) daughter. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge of the school’s secrets. And Maren has the most promising candidate of all: a daughter at the top of her academic class. But Maren is single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community. Just when you think there’s a line that can’t be crossed, prepare for your jaw to drop as these moms cross it again and again. It’s delightfully dishy and dark as each mom goes to ridiculous lengths in order to get ahead, taking inspiration from today’s headlines and exposing the dark underbelly of parental competition fueled by early admissions, student rankings, resume padding, social status, and gobs of money, fueled by plenty of backstabbing and rumormongering. Think “Big Little Lies” but for the teenage set. Thank you #netgalley for the #arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! @jills_bookish_life

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ancillar

    I loved this book! Totally recommend it to anyone who needs Big Little Lies meets the housewives. This book sells the stories of perfectly normal mothers and their quest to get their daughters into a prestigious college.I was reading this and thinking how far will a mother go to get her daughter what she deserves even if it destroys another child's dream. This book also touched on privilege ,daringness and greed. I stayed up all night reading this book and I don't regret it at all. Highly recomm I loved this book! Totally recommend it to anyone who needs Big Little Lies meets the housewives. This book sells the stories of perfectly normal mothers and their quest to get their daughters into a prestigious college.I was reading this and thinking how far will a mother go to get her daughter what she deserves even if it destroys another child's dream. This book also touched on privilege ,daringness and greed. I stayed up all night reading this book and I don't regret it at all. Highly recommend it ! Thank you sourcebooks for my copy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyne

    4.5 stars! This completely exceeded my expectations. I absolutely loved this book! The beginning was a little slow but it still worked well. It was drama filled and so entertaining! By halfway through this book, I was totally hooked and could not get enough. I loved the audiobook, the narrator was excellent. Highly recommend! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free advanced copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen.Books.Cats.Travel.Food.

    4.5 rounded up to 5... Going into this one, I thought this may be a story similar to what transpired last year on the news with the college admission scandal. I couldn’t have been more wrong! In a recent interview, I learned the authors wrote this one prior to that scandal, and once I read it I learned how different the stories are. To me this one was literary fiction with a hint of mystery. And lots and lots of layers! This story follows three mothers and three daughters attending an elite school 4.5 rounded up to 5... Going into this one, I thought this may be a story similar to what transpired last year on the news with the college admission scandal. I couldn’t have been more wrong! In a recent interview, I learned the authors wrote this one prior to that scandal, and once I read it I learned how different the stories are. To me this one was literary fiction with a hint of mystery. And lots and lots of layers! This story follows three mothers and three daughters attending an elite school and vying for a remaining spot at Stanford. I haven’t seen this one around much, but I highly recommend to those who enjoy Big Little Lies type books full of drama and secrets. Special thanks to @booksparks and @bookmarked and Netgalley for sending my way.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    After finding out that Stanford will only be giving one more student at an elite private school a place, three women are determined that their daughter will be the one who gets it. Insanity ensues. This book was a fascinating and disturbing look into American society and the lengths the elite will go to in order to ensure that their children are given the maximum advantage in life. Like having millions isn't enough already. The characters were awful, their actions even worse, and the only people After finding out that Stanford will only be giving one more student at an elite private school a place, three women are determined that their daughter will be the one who gets it. Insanity ensues. This book was a fascinating and disturbing look into American society and the lengths the elite will go to in order to ensure that their children are given the maximum advantage in life. Like having millions isn't enough already. The characters were awful, their actions even worse, and the only people I liked were Maren, Winnie and Ted. Maren is the most relatable character, probably because she's the only one who isn't incredibly wealthy and actually has to deal with real world problems. After Maren's daughter Winnie is injured in a hit and run, Maren is determined to find out who did it. Unfortunately, she suspects it may be someone involved in Winnie's school, as Winnie is competing for the only remaining place at Stanford. Maren's life is further complicated because Alicia, her extremely wealthy boss, is determined that her daughter Brooke deserves the place. Likewise, Kelly feels that her daughter is the only worthy candidate. It was fascinating to see the thought processes of all these women and the impact their behaviour had on other people. This sounds like a book about petty rich women, and it absolutely is. But it's incredible because it deals with so much more than that. Family, love, surviving sexual violence, single parenting, economic inequality. All of these things were handled with skill and sensitivity. I loved to hate Alicia and Kelly, and I was cheering for Maren. Most of the characters were totally nuts and I loved it. I received an audio ARC of this book, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, and I highly recommend the audiobook if you get the chance. I was provided with this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Pre-review: I received an audio ARC of this (thanks NetGalley and the publisher) and I'm really looking forward to reading it. It's next up on my list. Competitive teens and pushy parents, coupled with an attempted murder. What could be better!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    So I had actually forgotten I had put this on hold at the library, and as I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to be interested. BUT the way this is told - in that it's very clear that these parents are extremely over the top, and not at all self aware - totally won be over. Higher Ed is broken, is the summary of this. TW rape though: (view spoiler)[one of the things utilised against one of the girls is that she's not in fact a first gen student, and it turns out her mother did one s So I had actually forgotten I had put this on hold at the library, and as I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to be interested. BUT the way this is told - in that it's very clear that these parents are extremely over the top, and not at all self aware - totally won be over. Higher Ed is broken, is the summary of this. TW rape though: (view spoiler)[one of the things utilised against one of the girls is that she's not in fact a first gen student, and it turns out her mother did one semester before dropping out because she got pregnant from being raped the summer before she started college. This sort of becomes known in stages, because for most of the book neither the girl nor the mother know who the father actually is. I think this book does a good job of showing him to be 100% responsible for his actions, but also as someone who grew up to do a lot of good, but those acts of good not overriding the harm he caused, without him being an outright villain. I don't know, I was impressed with how it was handled. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Martina Primerano

    This book was simply perfect. It was everything I wanted it to be -everything I needed to read at this very moment- and so much more. I started reading it figuring -and hoping, as I love this kind of books- I was in for a fun, wildly entertaining book about crazy rich moms and the madness of college admissions -seriously, reading this, and the fabulous Admission by Julie Buxbaum, I was so grateful to be an Italian girl studying at a nice, historical Italian university which is highly regarded, b This book was simply perfect. It was everything I wanted it to be -everything I needed to read at this very moment- and so much more. I started reading it figuring -and hoping, as I love this kind of books- I was in for a fun, wildly entertaining book about crazy rich moms and the madness of college admissions -seriously, reading this, and the fabulous Admission by Julie Buxbaum, I was so grateful to be an Italian girl studying at a nice, historical Italian university which is highly regarded, but one you don't have to buy a building or sell a family member to attend-, and it was, but it was also so much more. It was so interesting and entertaining it basically read itself -I could hardly put it down-, but I also grew really attached to some of the characters, while I ferociously hated others. I wanted to protect Maren and Winnie at all costs, while I saw read at many of Alicia's and Kelly's schemes and behaviors. They're absolutely batshit crazy and they almost scared me at times. Maren's story broke my heart, I was rooting so hard for her and Winnie to succeed, and the way it all unfolded in the end was so extremely satisfying that I teared up. I loved it so much, everything was perfect and it's going down as one of my favorite books of 2021. Can I have a thousand more books like this? I can't recommend it enough!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie | stephonashelf

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 It’s college admission’s season for three mothers and daughters navigating the college application practice. Ultra rich and ultra privileged families will do anything to make it happen. Everyone is vying for a spot at Stanford, and one almost fatal accident doesn’t seem to be much of an accident after all. This book is everything! These mothers will do ANYTHING to get ahead no matter who gets left in their wake. This compulsive, twisty, and witty read left me on the edge of my seat! This ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 It’s college admission’s season for three mothers and daughters navigating the college application practice. Ultra rich and ultra privileged families will do anything to make it happen. Everyone is vying for a spot at Stanford, and one almost fatal accident doesn’t seem to be much of an accident after all. This book is everything! These mothers will do ANYTHING to get ahead no matter who gets left in their wake. This compulsive, twisty, and witty read left me on the edge of my seat! This story will leave you rooting for the underdog and hating the mothers that are clearly more concerned about themselves than their children. The character development was spot on and the audiobook was excellent! TW: rape, cancer, car accident Thank you to @netgalley and to RB Media for this ARC in exchange for my honest review! ✨

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