The Ivies is a young adult murder mystery thriller set within a private academy. I loved the premise of an overly competitive group of girls gunning for limited spots in school, I have known girls this competitive before and the personalities are spot on. Olivia's character was interesting to see in the mix, she knew she was an outsider, but didn't know how much the other girls kept from her. At the same time Olivia didn't realize how complicit she was in their scheming. Though the plot was fairly predictable, I still binged this rather quickly. The writing kept a good pace and I liked Olivia's investigation as well as the fact that she turned things over to the police when she needed to. I also liked that Olivia was dedicated to trying to find who killed her friend even when it made her look bad in the process. It was fitting that almost everyone seemed to have a consequence to their actions as well. With some interesting twists and turns at the end, The Ivies is a suspenseful, atmospheric thriller that once again reminded me that teenage girls are literally the worst.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.