The Gifted School

The Gifted School

Smart and juicy, a compulsively readable novel about a group of friends and families 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.

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. 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. It's a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost.

Title:The Gifted School
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525534976
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    The Gifted School Reviews

  • Dianne

    Not as biting and sardonic as I would have liked; too much soap opera family drama and not enough black humor. This is a topic ripe for a sharp skewering for someone with a jaundiced view of over-stri...

  • Bren

    “Insidious, these false versions of superiority and ease we project onto other families: how often they blind us to the surer comforts of our own.” ― Bruce Holsinger, The Gifted SchoolThis book ...

  • BernLuvsBooks

    The Gifted School is a slow burn read, centered around friendship and family drama with a few twists to spice things up along the way. ⁣⁣As an educator for over 20 years I found the book very real...

  • Renee (itsbooktalk)

    I’m at a loss for how to tell you about this book without telling you too much of what makes it so juicy and enjoyable. I’ll just sum it up as READ. THIS. BOOK! ⠀⠀⠀⠀Seriously I’ll tell ...

  • Larry H

    It's always nice when fiction illuminates the worst in people, isn't it?Rose, Samantha, Azra, and Lauren have been best friends for years, in many cases since their kids were infants. The four women a...

  • karen

    i got this ARC.i am on the fence about it.convince me - pros/cons, impassioned speeches in either camp....

  • Lydia

    LOVED this book. It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion. It reminds me of BIG LITTLE LIES- parents behaving badly in believable, horrifying, yet shockingly relatable ways! So so so good....

  • Brandice

    I didn’t find any character in The Gifted School to be very likable though that didn’t stop me from bingeing through this entertaining story of four Colorado moms, vying to get their children into...

  • Anna

    Set in fictitious Crystal, Colorado. Rose, Stephanie, Azra and Lauren met when their children were babies, and have remained close friends ever since. When a new charter school for gifted and exceptio...

  • Chris

    Never has a novel about parents trying to figure out the best school for their kids left me with so much dread and kept me reading until the small hours of the morning. The Gifted School is fantastic:...