- A Novel
- Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
- Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-18-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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The Hawthorne family has it all. Great jobs, a beautiful house in one of the most affluent areas of Northern California, and three charming kids with perfectly straight teeth. And then comes their eldest daughter's senior year of high school....
Firstborn Angela Hawthorne is a straight-A student and star athlete with extracurricular activities coming out of her ears and a college application that's not going to write itself. She's set her sights on Harvard, her father's alma mater, and, like a dog with a chew toy, Angela won't let up until she's basking in crimson-colored glory. Except her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she's suddenly losing her edge at cross country, and she can't help but daydream about the cute baseball player in English class. Of course Angela knows the time put into her schoolgirl crush would be better spent coming up with a subject for her term paper - which, along with her college essay and community service hours, has a rapidly approaching deadline.
Angela's mother, Nora, is similarly stretched to the limit, juggling parent-teacher meetings, carpool, and a real estate career where she caters to the mega-rich and super-picky buyers and sellers of the Bay Area. The youngest daughter, Maya, still can't read at the age of eight; the middle child, Cecily, is no longer the happy-go-lucky kid she once was; and the dad, Gabe, seems oblivious to the mounting pressures at home because a devastating secret of his own might be exposed. A few ill-advised moves put the Hawthorne family on a heedless collision course that's equal parts achingly real and delightfully screwball.
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By jennifer on 09-13-15
Anything for success
Nicely woven contemporary fiction on how the members of an affluent California family strive for perfection, and the unfortunate means they choose to achieve it.
Engrossing listen as well: the story grabs you from the start and the pace keeps intensifying as the characters reap the consequences of the questionable choices they have made.
The author uses of this story to shine a light on the perils of our culture's obsession with success, with being the best. Getting into the most prestigious college; attaining the most impressive job; becoming a slave to the practice of success in all forms. It's demented.
Well worth the credit.
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