The Gifted School

The Gifted School

Smart and juicy, a compulsively readable novel about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the community This deliciously sharp novel captures the relentless ambitions and fears that animate parents and their children in modern America, exploring the conflic Smart and juicy, a compulsively readable novel about a previously happy group of friends and parents that is nearly d...

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Title:The Gifted School
Author:Bruce Holsinger
ISBN:The Gifted School
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:450 pages pages

The Gifted School Reviews

  • karen
    Feb 17, 2019
    i got this ARC. i am on the fence about it. convince me - pros/cons, impassioned speeches in either camp. ...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 10, 2019
    Compulsively readable but mannnnnn did I despise all of the characters. They all seemed like such miserable people. Ugh. 2.5 stars rounded up. ...
  • Mainlinebooker
    May 27, 2019
    Take 4 competitive mothers. Stir in a cutthroat community of affluent individuals. Add a new public school geared toward the gifted with stringent cutoff requirements. What do you get? Combustion! Incredibly prescient, this novel follows 4 mothers and fathers as they savagely vie for s...
  • Mehrsa
    Jul 05, 2019
    I saw the review of this in the Times a week or so ago and just by reading the title, I knew I had to read this book. The review promised that it was more of a satire than it actually was. The book is pretty serious, but the topic could not be more interesting. After reading it, I want...
  • Ron Charles
    Jul 17, 2019
    Four months after that sensational news story about the college admissions scandal comes this hefty novel by Bruce Holsinger about a group of wealthy parents who cheat, lie and bribe to get their kids into an exclusive school. One wants to say that ?The Gifted School? is preternatu...
  • Jana
    Apr 13, 2019
    This book! I did all I could to escape being an adult in the world and just disappear into this story. I had to find out what was going to happen, and I knew it would not go well (which was as I wanted, truth be told). And how prescient that the ARC I?m reading came out just befo...
  • Brei
    Aug 21, 2019
    I just couldn't get into this book. I didn't find any of the characters likable and that is something I look for in a good book. I want the characters to redeem themselves. I just felt like this was a bunch of privileged people walking around trying to outsmart the system. Longer r...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    Jul 10, 2019
    I?m at a loss for how to tell you about this book without telling you too much of what makes it so juicy and enjoyable. I?ll just sum it up as READ. THIS. BOOK! ?? ?? Seriously I?ll tell you just a smidge because this delicious, highly entertaining story needs to be ex...
  • Anna
    Aug 24, 2019
    Set in fictitious Crystal, Colorado. Rose, Stephanie, Azra and Lauren met when their children were babies, and have remained close friends ever since. When a new charter school for gifted and exceptional middle and high school students is announced, the competition is on, and it gets u...
  • Larry H
    Jul 22, 2019
    It's always nice when fiction illuminates the worst in people, isn't it? Rose, Samantha, Azra, and Lauren have been best friends for years, in many cases since their kids were infants. The four women and their families have weathered many crises?death, divorce, troubles with their...
  • Denise  Reed
    Jul 15, 2019
    Wow wow wow! I prefer to start books somewhat blindly so that I go into them without too many predispositions. I had read a few reviews of The Gifted School that peaked my interest, and thought it was rather relevant given the times, but that was the extent of my knowledge. When I saw ...
  • debra
    Aug 16, 2019
    3.5 It was very readable/listenable, but(and this is very unfair of me) I wanted more of a Big Little Lies book, and this wasn't it. ...
  • Megan C.
    Jul 01, 2019
    This book is solidly on my 'best of 2019' book list. The novel starts out at a decent clip, but looking back, that was the steady climb up the first big hill of one heck of a roller coaster. GET THIS BOOK NOW, Y'ALL. It comes out tomorrow (big thanks to the publisher for sending me an ...
  • SheLovesThePages
    Jul 21, 2019
    -Description- In an affluent Colorado town, they are opening up a magnet school for the gifted & talented students in the surrounding 4 counties. Four mothers (four best friends) are all vying for the coveted spots in the school....and all hell breaks loose. -Thoughts- 1. When...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Aug 24, 2019
    I wanted to love this one, but I had to force myself to get through it. It was spot on with how parent's act at these pretentious schools based on my own experience of having my own kids at a gifted magnet school and teaching for almost twenty years (believe it or not, parents to colle...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Aug 17, 2019
    This was not a winner for me, womp-womp. I think this is actually a case where I would have enjoyed this more as a television series or movie more than a 400+ page book. I?m not sure I?ve ever made that claim before. Guess there is a first time for everything. . The characters we...
  • Emily
    Jul 10, 2019
    "She wanted to erase, redo, rewind. Fly against the earth's rotation, pull against time." I don't pick up a lot of contemporary fiction books, but The Gifted School sounded too good to pass up. I buddy read this one with my friend Cody & I loved it so much! The Gifted School ...
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    Aug 19, 2019
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Jul 20, 2019
    (free review copy) ? THE GIFTED SCHOOL is all sorts of juicy drama in the world of a privileged town in Colorado, centered around the selection process for a new school for gifted children. This book is smart, witty and so so timely given the recent college admissions scandal. (but ...
  • Lisa
    Sep 04, 2019
    What would you do to ensure your child got a place in a special school for gifted and exceptional learners? SUMMARY THE GIFTED SCHOOL is set in Crystal, Colorado, a perfect little fictional town filled with wealthy, high performing families. It?s just been announce that a new ...
  • Authentikate
    Jun 17, 2019
    ????This was a compelling read for me for several reasons: 1) I live in Colorado (and was happy the author had a grasp of how we Coloradans refer to places like ?the Springs?); 2) my kids went to school in a highly competitive environment and played club soccer. Oi could I ...
  • Gilly Macmillan
    Jul 01, 2019
    Addictive, whip-smart, acutely observed and sharply funny, The Gifted School trains its lens on a community where a talented child is a social commodity and asks how far some families might be willing to go in pursuit of status. A delicious read. ...
  • Book of the Month
    Jul 01, 2019
    "Why I love it" by Brianna Goodman Great books are about a lot of things: love, loss, transformation? But you know what else they?re about? Badly behaved parents. We?ve got law-breaking parents, like the aspiring murderers in For Better and Worse. We?ve got dishonest pare...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    Jul 16, 2019
    Familial/friend drama with fully formed characters? COUNT ME IN. The small, liberal, upper-middle class town of Chrystal, Colorado is getting a new, exclusive ?gifted? school ? and every parent wants his or her child to get in. Some kids are intellectually gifted, others aren...
  • Chelsey
    Jul 21, 2019
    Five wonderful, did not want it to end, amazing stars!! Four women who have been friends for over a decade encounter new challenges when a cutting edge school for gifted children opens in their hometown. The new school creates a divide among the friends and in their children and bri...
  • Bren
    Jul 29, 2019
    This book makes the Varsity Blues scandal look almost G rated. This was one wild read! Review to follow. So I finished this yesterday. What a wild ride! I enjoyed The Gifted School. It s much deeper then I expected it to be frankly and though it is long, the pages sort of fly....
  • Lydia
    Nov 09, 2018
    LOVED this book. It?s like watching a train wreck in slow motion. It reminds me of BIG LITTLE LIES- parents behaving badly in believable, horrifying, yet shockingly relatable ways! So so so good. ...
  • NZLisaM
    Sep 14, 2019
    This is what happens when parenting becomes a competitive sport? When best friends ? Rose, Samantha, Azra, and Lauren ? all with children the same age, are informed that a school for the exceptionally gifted is opening in their neighborhood of Crystal, Colorado, they are determi...
  • Tracy Challis
    Jul 08, 2019
    As a teacher of more than 20 years, I can attest to the fact that the things that happened in this book are realistic and entirely credible. I know parents love their children and want what (they think) is best for them, but some go WAY overboard and end up damaging their children. ...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    Sep 01, 2019
    Exceptional? Oh yes! This, my friends, was just about the best inside look at privileged parenting I've ever read. What a great idea for a book! This novel takes place in a fictitious town of Crystal, Colorado. Being a Coloradan myself, it could have easily compared to Boulder, but ...