Review: The Ivy

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 Gregory, the guy she loves to hate; Evan, the guy she’d love to forget; Clint, 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?

Callie moves from California to go to school at the prestigious Harvard University, and she’s in for a ride that is completely unlike Legally Blonde. First of all, her roommates couldn’t be any more different from one another and then there are the guys across the hall. Let’s just say that Callie is in for an interesting first semester.

Going into this, I was very interested because I love books set on campuses and the fact that it was college could give me the experience I missed since I was a commuter student to my university (and then online for my master’s). However, I didn’t end up liking this as much as I thought I would. The book is good and for the most part, but it didn’t have that ‘click’ that I have with other books. 

I just feel like this book kind of jumped around a little in terms of there would be a scene and then the next thing I knew it jumped to something else and I thought I missed something in between. It also jumped to other characters randomly, which made it a bit disorienting. Also, I think there was just a tad too much drama for one character. The thing with Callie’s ex was a good little twists that weaves its way into the story later, and then there’s one other surprise that I liked and is why I’ll go onto the next book. 

As for the characters, I didn’t feel close to any of them. Generally, I mostly liked them, but there was something missing from them that gave me a reader connection to them. I do adore O.K. and Matt – they were sweethearts all around. On the contrary, I did not like Greg or Cliff. They were just too generic for me and I didn’t find either of them swoon-worthy. The girls were a fun mix when they were together in the room because they were all so different, but again, I wasn’t attached to them at all or found much that I liked about them.

So overall, I didn’t hate this but didn’t love it. I’m going to continue to the next book eventually because of the little cliffhanger at the end, but I don’t think this will end up in my top favorite series.

Rating: 3 stars

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