Audio Book Review: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel


Title: Small Admissions (unabridged)
Author: Amy Poeppel
Narrator: Carly Robins
Length: 9.5 Hours on 8 CDs
Publisher: HighBridge
ISBN: 978-1-6816-8375-1


Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiance,” she abandons her grad school plans and spends her days lolling on the couch, leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don’t know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback, while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews. For reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there’s no time for self-pity during the height of the admissions season. Meanwhile, Kate’s sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends, dropping bombshells, and fighting each other on how to keep Kate on her feet. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome neighbor is more than he seems.

Through every dishy, page-turning twist, it seems that one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary-including the truly unexpected.

My Review:

When I see the word “admission”, I thought this book is about college admission, but it is actually about elementary school admission.  Kate is the center of the story, it talks about her parents, sister, ex-boyfriend, best-friends, colleagues, and even neighbor.  This novel is not the best, but it is entertaining and has some funny moments.  The interviews are the most humorous, especially the kid ones.

This novel is perfect as an audiobook.  Carly Robins did a good job narrating the book.  I love the voices she gives all the kids.  They sound like real kids, and acting out the whisper scene is a bonus.  However, I have to disagree on some of the men voices.  Angela’s husband sound too much like a jerk, but he is a good guy.   The hardest one is Robert.  He has a cartoon-ish voice with a French accent.  Robins nails the French accent, but not so much on the other part.

3.5 out of 5 stars
Received a free CD set from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review.


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