Girls with Bright Futures, a review by Tanya

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Girls with Bright Futures
By Tracy Dobmeier, Wendy Katzman
Narrator Mia Barron

11 hours, 15 min
Published Feb 2, 2021 by Recorded Books

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Book Summary:

Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they’ll each get what they deserve.

College admissions season at Seattle’s Elliot Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions, and students as impressive as their parents are ambitions. 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 cutthroat 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.

My Review:

For everyone that has stressed about the college admissions process or have teenagers you are helping to get into college, this is the book for you. This is the story of the ultimate overachieving parents that will do ANYTHING to get their kids into the most prestigious schools, including ‘taking out’ the competition!?

At the beginning, I was a little disgusted and put off by all the preppy parents and how pretentious they all were, but as the story went along, I found myself siding with Maren and Winnie and couldn’t wait to see when they would stop letting people walk on them and how they were going to carve out their place and secure Winnie a spot at Stanford, against all the wealthy parents who are all trying to buy their way in.

It’s a bit of a slower start but picks up the pace pretty early on and was a good ‘whodunnit’ thriller for those that like stories with the prep school backdrop.

The narrator did a great job and was a positive influence on the listening experience.

Thank you to #NetGalley for providing this book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy and all views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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