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Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman

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Book Summary

Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they’ll each get what they deserve.

College admissions season at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it’s allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cut-throat than they could have imagined.

Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter’s place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar daughter down.

That’s when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn’t appear to be an accident at all.

As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they’re willing to cross to secure their daughters’ futures…and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.


Condition: New

Paperback, Published February 2, 2021 by SourceBooks Landmark

ISBN: 172821646X


2 reviews for Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman

  1. KC

    Going into this one, I thought this may be a story similar to what transpired last year on the news with the college admission scandal. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

    In a recent interview, I learned the authors wrote this one prior to that scandal, and once I read it I learned how different the stories are. To me this one was literary fiction with a hint of mystery. And lots and lots of layers!

    This story follows three mothers and three daughters attending an elite school and vying for a remaining spot at Stanford.

    I haven’t seen this one around much, but I highly recommend to those who enjoy Big Little Lies type books full of drama and secrets

  2. Blondethrillerbooklover

    I thought this was going to be a story about the competitive environment of high school girls and their moms and the lengths they will go to get into the college of their choice.
    While that is the fabric of the story, it is much deeper than that. It’s a multilayered, heavy drama that left me crying like a baby at one point.

    It explores the ripple effect that actions have on lives. You will feel the whole spectrum of emotions. It’s about awful people doing awful things, but it’s also about strength, integrity and love.

    I have seen this listed as a thriller, I feel that’s miscategorization. It’s a drama/ literary fiction with an element of mystery.
    Although this book was different than I was expecting, I really enjoyed it.

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