Thursday, 23 April 2020

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger


People seem to be either reading more than usual during the quarantine or much less than usual. I am weirdly falling into the camp of reading more than usual. It's productive procrastination. I feel good about reading a book because when I'm done, it feels like "I finished something".

My most recent read is The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger. The Gifted School was pretty popular when it released last year, and, as a teacher in a private school, I've been curious about this novel.

The story centres around four mothers who have been friends for over a decade. Their children have grown up together, and when an elite school for exceptional children starts taking applications for their first cohort, tensions rise and drama ensues.

Told through prose, news articles, and even a teen vlog, The Gifted School is juicy, entertaining, and compulsively readable. It calls out class, race, and privilege and is timely given the recent college admissions scandal. The characters aren't especially likeable, but I don't think they are supposed to be likeable. Instead, they are representative of many parents today.

This book is perfect for parents, educators, and lovers of literary and contemporary fiction.

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy to review.

xo
Jenn

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