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Enroll in this boarding school thriller about a group of prep school elites who would kill to get into the college of their dreams...literally.

"The Plastics meet the Heathers in this murder mystery about ruthless Ivy League ambition." (Kirkus Reviews)

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I'm one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions...among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it's deadly. 

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn't an extracurricular.

©2021 Alexa Donne (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"The Plastics meet the Heathers in this murder mystery about ruthless Ivy League ambition.... A thrilling boarding school story with a satirical edge." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Donne pens a thrilling novel set in the world of competitive, hyper-elite college admissions, combining romance, suspense, and mystery into one thrilling story that closes with a twist." (Booklist)

"Quick pacing, dark humor, and deftly drawn characters distinguish this satirical thriller from Donne." (Publishers Weekly

"Donne unravels elite college admissions with a bitter blend of privilege, high pressure, competitiveness...and murder, in this twisty, page-turning thriller. A definite one-sitting read." (J.Elle, New York Times best-selling author of Wings of Ebony)
 

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A full filling ending, red herrings...yes.

Full characters, compelling plot, reality checks and characters not straying from their personality, yes please.

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  • Brendan Guyre
  • 25-05-21

Wow!

Donne’s entrance into the thriller space was a complete success in my opinion. Once I started this book, I quite literally could not stop. There were some things I was able to predict but the ending really got me! Overall, absolutely loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-21

Terrific teen thriller

This story was very well thought out. The characters were believably wretched, for the most part, and enjoyable. There were a lot of plot twists which kept me engaged. Great thriller.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-21

Good Story but predictable

I really liked the story and the idea of ivy school hungry kids willing to do anything to get into their dream schools. The thing that was a bummer for me was I felt the ending was predictable and I knew who the killer was going to be pretty quick, as well as the other perpetrators.

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  • Rachelskid
  • 14-06-21

Super Fun Read!

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending. It was the sort you know in your head is the truth, but in your heart wish was different. The whodunnit wasn’t as strong as I wanted, but it was still pretty great. Almost so obvious that you can’t guess. YA is not usually my thing but this had all my fav mystery tropes and it did not disappoint. The performance was terrific too.

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  • Monika
  • 01-06-21

A fun read!

Alexa has a nice entrance into thrillers! I didn’t realize this was a thing in Americans schools & how competitive it is, so that was interesting to read. I did find the main characters constant comparisons to the rich kids a little exhausting after a while & the why of the killer was silly, but I guess that was the point.
I liked the characters relationships but some could have been developed more.
I think the ending was little rushed & closed a lot of plot points abruptly but also a satisfying ending where I have no unanswered questions.
Overall I enjoyed it & finished it quickly. Plus I find Alexa’s YouTube channel very helpful. So congrats to all her hard work!

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  • Mirapot
  • 30-05-21

Twist after twist after twist!

I usually don’t read YA’s but I love thrillers, and it did not disappoint, even though I am no where near where the teens in this book are in regard to getting into Harvard I still had a great time with this book! Seeing all the dirty details of what goes on is very scary! Ps. I did not guess the correct suspect, it kept me hooked til the end!

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  • savannah gardiner
  • 29-05-21

Consumed it in 2 days!

The pacing keeps you listening long after you meant to! The end is just *chefs kiss*. This was my first YA thriller and it has opened up a genre door for me!

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  • The Cruzbabe
  • 29-05-21

Do not miss this book

This book is definitely unputdownable and a great read. The narrator was easy to listen to which was a plus. If you like the movie The Heather’s than this is most likely a great pickup for you. Solid characters and great plot twists keep you guessing until the end

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  • Aron
  • 03-06-21

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  • Rachael knight
  • 31-05-21

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Great thriller, lots of suspects, kept guessing. Fantastic rich kid imagery. Main character quite relatable.

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  • Bridget Johns
  • 27-05-21

A really fun ride!

I really really enjoyed this one! I loved that all of the characters had depth, that there wasn’t black and white morality to any of them - they remained sympathetic while being flawed, and the twists and turns of the plot really got me. Only slight drawback is I couldn’t help but feel some of sleuthing the main character got up to should have had more consequences - I kept internally screaming that she was leaving a digital footprint behind herself, but it was only a minor thing and didn’t hamper my enjoyment of everything else. I really loved the way this wrapped up, too, how it wasn’t too neat. Was very fitting for some messy characters.