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New to the library: A review of The Gifted School

Hello, readers! I know it’s been a while since my last review, but a new decade, to me, means ten more years of new books to get my hands (and eyes) on. Sit down, relax, and enjoy my honest review of The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger.

The Gifted School is a novel about a group of parents in a small town in Colorado. They are very close knit, but as a new ‘gifted’ school opens up in their area, they start going to very extreme lengths in order to get their kids into the school. This, of course, starts to take a toll on their friendships, and the reader really starts to see the competitive nature of mature adults through clear lenses. The book showcases the admissions process and the events that unfold through both the parent and student points of view.

This book was really interesting to read, and there were definitely many parallels to certain events going on in our culture today with admissions to certain schools. I really liked how the author made the book seem almost like the events were real, and although I couldn’t personally relate with any of the characters, I still felt like I had a front row seat to every event taking place in the book. For the most part, this was a good read, but the way that Holsinger switched to different characters’ points of view was very sudden, and he wasn’t consistent on whether it was first person, second person, etc. throughout the entire book. The storyline was very interesting, but the style of writing that he used was very hard for me to follow. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a lot of time and patience when reading novels, because it is definitely a book that requires going back and re-reading certain parts. Another thing that I should let you guys know is that the book has some parts that are a little bit mature for younger readers, so I would recommend asking your parents before you check it out. If you are someone who enjoys easier reads and like more action I would suggest looking into other titles. 

I would like to once again thank Mrs. Hoffman for all of the help, and recommend that you stop into the library and browse the ‘New to the Library’ section for some great reads!

Rating: 3/5 stars