The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore is the story of a family, pushed to their limits as their eldest daughter applies for acceptance at Harvard.

The acceptance rate at Ivy League schools is ridiculously low and as a result the pressure put on applicants is enormous. Only the best of the best will be accepted. It used to be that kids had to get the best grades and have an extra curricular activity or two. Now, kids are expected to perform at a higher level than many adults. This is the driving pressure behind Meg Mitchell Morre’s fictional novel, The Admissions.

Angela, a high school senior, is hell-bent on getting into Harvard, her father’s Alma mater. In order to get in, she’s has to stay at the top of her class in academics, keep on top of her curricular activities, and swipe Adderall wherever she can get it. She is driven and to everyone around her, she is succeeding in every way. But the truth is, Angela is never happy.

Angela’s story is the center of the Hawthorne family’s struggle, but they all have issues to deal with. The two youngest girls have their own odd obsessions while the parents are battling personal life-changing secrets and mistakes. As the family’s problems mount, Angela’s acceptance into Harvard is the least of their concerns.

The Admissions is a surprisingly good read and one that seemed rooted in the reality of present-day family life. Moore does a wonderful job of writing characters with struggles that feel familiar; they may even be struggles that you or someone you know is facing right now. I recommend that you give Admissions a try – it’s a quick read that will have you invested from the very beginning.