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I Belong

Review: The Ivy by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur

Title: The Ivy

AuthorLauren Kunze & Rina Onur

GenreNA Contemporary

SeriesThe Ivy (Book 1)

Publication DateAugust 31, 2010

FormatHardcover, 312 Pages

ISBN-100061960454 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0061960451 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by Bridget


Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?

Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with

the guy she loves to hate …

the guy she’d love to forget …

the guy she’d love to love …

and Matt
the guy she really should love …

all vying for her attention.

But she has three fantastic roommates (best friends or her worst nightmare?) and a wholesome California-girl reputation (oops) and brains and beauty and big, big dreams.

Will it be enough to help her survive freshman year at Harvard?

Quick & Dirty: With a great protagonist, steamy romance, humor, and all the college drama, this was an addictive new adult contemporary read.

Opening Sentence: Callie Andrews struggled under the weight of two enormous cardboard boxes which, in a typical move, she had stacked one on top of the other: confident that she could gandle the load.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

California girl Callie Andrews has been accepted into the prestigious Harvard University, so she is golden or at least she thought.  She doesn’t have extravagant clothes, or a lot of connections, but she doesn’t seem to have a problem attracting guys.  Gregory is her totally gorgeous neighbor who happens to be the biggest jerk she has ever met.  Then there is her ex-boyfriend, Evan, that broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Next there is Matt, the sweet guy who is totally crushing on her, but she just sees him as a friend.  Last but not least there is the amazing Clint, who seems to be too perfect to be true.  Yeah, she has some serious boy problems that just seem to get more and more complicated.

She also has three wonderful roommates that can’t decide if they are her best friends or worst enemies.  As she juggles her crazy social life she also has to try and pass all of her classes and live some of her dreams.  Will she make it through her freshman year of college or will the pressure be too much?

Callie is a funny girl with a crazy life.  She doesn’t really quite know how to fit in at Harvard, and there is a lot of trial and error on her part. She is more of a t-shirt and jean type of girl in a world filled with Prada and Gucci girls.  But she is beautiful without trying, which seems to be a pretty big turn-on for a lot of guys.  She is a little flighty at times and she makes a lot of mistakes, but deep down she is a good person.  I found her an easy character to love, and I could really sympathize with her situation.

The cast of secondary characters was pretty large, so I’m not going to go into detail about all of them, but I will tell you about a few of my favorites.  Out of all the guys Gregory was by far my favorite.  Yes, he is a total man whore and he can be pretty mean at times, but that is mostly a front he puts on for people.  He is actually a pretty sweet guy, and I just loved him to bits.  My favorite roommate is Mia.  She is pretty much foreign royalty, so she acts like she doesn’t care what people think of her, but really she is just insecure. All the secondary characters are fun and they made the story interesting and filled with drama.

This was a funny and sexy read that was immensely entertaining. Once I picked it up, I was so engrossed. I actually finished it in one sitting. The writing style was unique, but it did get a little confusing at times. There were moments when it would jump from different POV’s, and I got a little lost sometimes because of it.  The romance in the story was sexy and filled with lots of delicious tension.  The story was funny and had lots of dramatic moments.  There is quite a cliffhanger at the end of the book, but luckily the next one has already been released.  I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a fun new adult series.

Notable Scene:

“You should have seen her the other day,” Vanessa said. “She was just too cute! Jumping around asking everyone if ‘Wigglesworth’ didn’t sound just like it was straight out of Harry Potter!”

Callie’s eyes narrowed, and she waited for the upperclassman to look at her like she was an overgrown eleven-year-old. Instead, if possible, he smiled even wider. “I love Harry Potter.”

I love you, too. I mean… “I love it, too!” Callie cried.

“Hmm.” Vanessa shrugged. “Maybe the two of you should get together and read it sometime….”

Callie froze. Keep feet planted on ground, she instructed herself.

“I’d love to…” the upperclassman started.

You would?

“… but unfortunately my girlfriend gets very jealous.”

The Ivy Series:

1. The Ivy

2. Secrets

3. Rivals

4. Scandal

FTC Advisory: Greenwillow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of The Ivy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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