And you thought what Aunt Becky did was repulsive. The Gifted School is being described as
I loved this novel. I think it will be one of my top five favorites for 2019. Now, I taught for 24 years in one of the wealthiest districts in the country, so I was intimate with the subject matter.
It's more substantial than a beach read, but not so literary that you need clove cigarettes and a beret to read it. Bruce Holsinger is a professor at the University of Virginia, so he knows a few things about gifted kids and competitive parenting.
And listen, there is a surprise at the end that I just didn't see coming. Then it was coming, and I just had to watch the train wreck.
What Holsinger does, though, is make you really root for and hope for good things for parents who are doing awful things. They say reading fiction makes you more empathetic, so if you're in education, you might want to pick this one up before school gets in full swing.
A group of long-time friends and families, as well as the idyllic community they live in, is nearly destroyed when an exclusive school for gifted children opens for enrollment in the small town of Crystal, Colorado.
A biting novel that dives deep into parents’ fears about their children and uncovers the lengths adults are willing to go to get ahead and the consequences blind ambition fueled by privilege has on marriages, careers, sibling relationships, and children’s mental health.
Good intentions collide with parental insecurities, and suddenly school enrollment becomes a blood sport.
This novel explores privilege, ambition, success, achievement and the parents who push their children to the brink of a breakdown.
It’s a story of four families who have been friends since their children were born over a decade ago, and how quickly secrets and lies collide with ambition and competition to wreck a community and its children.