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Title: The Ivies
Author: Alexa Donne
Publication date: May 25, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Thriller
Recommended for: 14+
Rating: 5/5

The Ivies, a group of five girls at Claflin Academy, are determined to get accepted into the Ivy League universities. These schools are known to be the most elite, prestigious, and influential in the United States. As the aspirations rise, the girls become willing to take drastic measures to receive admission, like having an outstanding academic record, occupying leadership positions, and winning competitions. Even so, their aspirations reach a minacious level as they become prepared to murder to fulfill their goals. Will the girls get into the college of their dreams? Or will the murderer threaten their university acceptance?

The Ivies by Alexa Donne takes the readers on a thrilling journey through the competitive world of high-achieving students and unmasks the darkness within the Ivy League competition. I immediately got pulled into the book, and it was impossible to put it down! I liked how the author showcased real-life topics of mental health, privilege, and the results of chasing after success. I recommend this book to ages 14+ who are into psychological thrillers and dark academia. This novel deserves an outstanding 5/5 stars! Be sure to check out her other novels: Brightly Burning, The Stars We Steal, and Pretty Dead Queens! Enjoy!

~Aarushi