Small Admissions

8 CDs. 9:30 hrs. HighBridge Audio. Dec. 2016. ISBN 9781681683751. $39.99. F
Kate Pearson has got to snap out of her funk, get over her broken-hearted disappointment, and get on with her life. So say her best friends, her sister, her parents, the lady at the liquor store, and even her downstairs neighbor. Everyone has a suggestion, but it isn't until Kate stumbles into an assistant admissions job at a prestigious New York private school that her balance, self-confidence, and humor return. The title refers to both the small children applying to the school and the small insights into human behavior that enlighten and instruct Kate. Performer Carly Robins has a large cast of characters to represent and does best with the secondary ones. She has a light touch and enthusiastic approach in her overall reading; however, she is less successful in differentiating between Kate and her best friend Chloe, which is unfortunate, given the device of having both of them be the primary voice at different points in the book.
VERDICT In general, a humorous chick lit, coming-of-age at 25 to 30-ish in Manhattan type novel with a fair amount of mature language. ["A witty and captivating page-turner punctuated with quirky characters and laugh-out-loud moments that are sure to appeal to chick lit lovers of the Marian Keyes/Jennifer Weiner/Susan Isaacs variety": LJ 11/1/16 review of the Atria hc.]
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