The gifted school by bruce holsinger. Bruce Holsinger (Author of The Gifted School)

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger review

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

Consider the supportive roles that neighboring families can play in the raising of children within a shared community. Seen through the lens of four families who've been a part of one another's lives since their kids were born over a decade ago, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go to get ahead, but the effect on the group's children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers, as simmering resentments come to a boil and long-buried, explosive secrets surface and detonate. The book also examines the pros and cons of schools for gifted children, the biases of testing and other admission-related decisions, and the thin line between striving for equity and creating quotas for traditionally under-represented populations. This was not enjoyable This was not a winner for me, womp-womp. I personally found all of the drama between these so-called friends boring and trivial. The cast of characters is incredible.

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The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

What would you have done in a similar situation? Though I myself do not have kids, I have been envious before. There are a huge cast of characters. A new public magnet school is opening in the idyllic, privileged city of Crystal, Colorado. I've downloaded well over 1000 titles on Audible in the past ten years, and I've learned that even a really great story can be ruined by subpar narration when I even notice the narration after a few chapters, that's a problem. The children, the siblings, the marriages and careers are all affected. The ending seemed a bit too easy and wrapped up after the actions of the 4 families throughout the book. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

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Book Marks reviews of The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

No parent should have the right to place such high expectations on their offspring, at the expense of their well-being, social development, and physical and mental health. Yes they made some terrible life choices, but when it really counted they had each other backs. You can follow me on Instagram at Set in fictitious Crystal, Colorado. He is the author of The Gifted School, to appear from Riverhead Penguin Random House in summer 2019; as well as A Burnable Book 2014 and The Invention of Fire 2015 , award-winning historical novels published by William Morrow HarperCollins. And I needed a page turner kind of book. That mad obsession with securing the great chain of privilege has led to a culture in which children strategize their charity work for maximum résumé presentation, and trilingual sophomores compete for internships on cancer research at the National Institutes of Health. What could possibly disrupt such an idyllic set of friends? We were laborers on that gold-plated assembly line leading to Cambridge, and we learned that the anxiety of wealthy parents cannot be exaggerated: Being admitted to the right grade school is key to being admitted to the right high school, which is key to being admitted to an Ivy League college, which is the only guarantee of happiness and success.

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Bruce Holsinger (Author of The Gifted School)

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

None of the characters were likable. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. How do gifted-and-talented programs work in your local school district, and what roles do race and class play in these programs? The scandal generated waves of attention, most of which combined humor, rage, and an absolute lack of surprise. Parents end up lying, cheating, bribing and destroying their lives and the lives of their children as they fall prey to the Take 4 competitive mothers. Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies.

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The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. So you do not have to be a parent to relate. I was really looking forward to it and it was my first buddy read with Lisa and it was lots of fun. Great characters, story and narration. When word gets out that their affluent town of It's always nice when fiction illuminates the worst in people, isn't it? How did Ch'ayna's views of the gifted school shift by the end of the book? What would you do to ensure your child got a place in a special school for gifted and exceptional learners? I wanted so much more from this, given all the praise it has received. Everybody loves diversity -- until it comes to school admissions; then accusations of elitism, affirmative action, privilege hoarding and political correctness start flying around like vampire bats. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband.

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The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

I listened to this book on Audible and really enjoyed the narration by January LaVoy. Four close friends, their husbands, their children, their housecleaners—and one application-only magnet school that will drive them all over the brink. This part of the novel was almost too real. Do you feel this applies to all levels of education? It's always nice when fiction illuminates the worst in people, isn't it? While each mother seems to root for all their children to make the cut, behind the scenes a different story unfolds as lies are told and old jealousies surface. Do you think Tessa is justified in publically sharing their secrets? One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. As the adults scheme intently and their beleaguered children act out their frustrations, The Gifted School becomes a sharp, skeptical primer on how things stand in 2010s America where everyone is desperate to get their slice of an ever-shrinking economic pie. His regard for their dreams and fears, regardless of their weaknesses and failings, remains deeply humane.

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Stuck In Books: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger ~ Giveaway

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

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 conflicts between achievement and potential, talent and privilege. This original, timely, and deeply relatable portrait of one American family is essential listening. In this book, we follow the lives of a group of friends or are they who live in the fictional city of Crystal, Colorado. Frankly, most of these adults get a much happier ending than they deserve. Their actions have an effect on the kids and the whole thing gets ugly. The admission process starts with an admission test which students must score well on to make the first cut. The four women at the core of the novel certainly had an inconsistent rollercoaster friendship, where companionship, warmth, and understanding went hand in hand with ruthlessness, jealously and backstabbing.

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Book Marks reviews of The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

the gifted school by bruce holsinger

The four mothers met years ago and have maintained a close bond through the usual challenges of infidelity, illness, divorce and widowhood. This was one of those stories that I thought about long after I read the last page and wished it hadn't ended so soon. I did notice the narration throughout this book paradoxically after my earlier comment but only to marvel. This book is like watching a train wreck but it also has much to say and is less light and way more human then I ever expected. It does make you think about how far you would go.

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