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The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger


Summary: A new public school is opening for the most gifted students in the area. Four families are willing to do whatever it takes to get their children in.















What lengths would you go to in order to get your kid into the best school?


The Gifted School was one of my #BookoftheMonthClub picks because, as a parent of a gifted child, the idea was intriguing. While the book was well-written, it felt more like a suburban off-brand of Sex in the City.


The Gifted School features the story of four female friends, their families, and one ethnic family thrown in to the mix occasionally. The families each has their secret scandals that slowly become known throughout the book.


I think the part that bothered me the most was two of the families daughters. Both happen to share the name Emma and are best friends. Now, if you had a child who had the same name as their best friend, what would you refer to them as? Maybe Em and Emma or Emmy and Emma? There are lots of options. Except in this tale, everyone including their parents refer to them by the first letter of their last name. It just felt...weird.


Otherwise it was a good story that was full of drama, which is why I gave it four out of five.


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