FICTION

Girls with Bright Futures

Sourcebooks Landmark. Feb. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781728216461. pap. $16.99. F
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DEBUT When prestigious Stanford University informs Elliott Bay Academy that it has only one early admissions spot still available, a cutthroat competition begins. Famous CEO Alicia thinks a big donation will ensure her average-at-best daughter Brooke’s acceptance. Stay-at-home mom Kelly tries to use her school volunteerism and whatever inside info she can extract to ruin the other girls’ chances of taking her anxiety-ridden daughter Krissie’s spot. Meanwhile, Maren, Alicia’s personal assistant and mother of the academic powerhouse Winnie, tries to convince her daughter to forget Stanford and apply to other schools. Things get scary when one of the girls is in a suspicious accident a few days before the deadline, but it doesn’t quell the competition. Which daughter, if any, will prevail, and at what cost? Longtime friends Dobmeier and Katzman team up to pen an unputdownable and wildly entertaining debut full of shocking twists and turns. Whether or not it was inspired by a 2019 scandal involving prominent business figures and celebrity parents, it’s similarly compelling.
VERDICT Fans of mother/daughter relationship novels won’t want to miss this fast-paced take on mama bears and the cubs they will do anything to protect.
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