on December 1, 2020
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.
It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She's headed off to the college of her dreams. She's going to prom with the boy she's had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer--at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.
As she loses everything she's long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?
It’s hard to believe that the original event that spawned the idea for this novel happened over two years ago. One of the things I liked about this novel is that it answered a lot of the questions I had about why this happened in the first place. I do not know how close to the truth they are considering it wasn’t written by anyone involved in the real scandal. It still did, however, connect some dots.
I certainly felt connected to Chloe. She had absolutely no clue what her mom was up to but got thrown under the bus with her when everything hit the fan nonetheless. The scandal shakes up her world completely making her question everything including her past, her present, and her future.
I strongly suggest that you pick up this book. Whether you were interested in the original scandal or not the novel certainly helps give the reader a fuller picture. Leaving you to decide where you stand.