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GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES – Tracy Dobmeier & Wendy Katzman (Released February 2nd, 2021)
Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they’ll each get what they deserve.
College admissions season at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it’s allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cut-throat than they could have imagined.
Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter’s place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar daughter down.
That’s when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn’t appear to be an accident at all.
As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they’re willing to cross to secure their daughters’ futures…and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
With the recent scandals around college admissions and celebrities, I think that this is perfectly timed! GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES follows three women and their determination to get their daughters into a prestigious school. You can’t have a successful future unless you go to the right schools, right? I think it’s so odd that people get so crazy about this because I literally applied to one university, got accepted, and that was that. I never had a dream school like a lot of others I graduated with, and I have done just fine since graduating.
Not only is the competition cut-throat to get the only opening, but when one girl is in an accident that almost kills her, people start to wonder if it truly was an accident. What lengths are these woman willing to go to in order to secure that spot for their daughters? How important is the “right” school for determining their futures?
I thought this was a fun and quick read. Just what I needed and I liked the concept because it’s incredibly real and we’ve all heard about how competitive it can be. Is it really worth it? I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fast-paced read with some memorable characters. Can’t wait to see what this writing duo comes out with next!