Fun, light, easy reading can be just the ticket when you need to unwind. If you're finding your holidays a little (or a lot) on the stressful side, this is my pick for a little down-time next month.
Small Admissions, by Amy Poeppel. For fans of The Nanny Diaries or Sophie Kinsella, Poeppel's debut has gotten great reviews--critics have been calling it a smart, laugh-out-loud page-turner. Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has
turned into a major slacker. After being unceremoniously dumped by her
handsome French boyfriend, Kate ditches her grad-school plans in favor of binge-watching Sex and the City on her couch, only leaving her apartment for her dog-walking gigs.When she miraculously manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School, Kate finds herself in the thick of admissions season, which her new co-workers refer to as "the dark time." As the process revs up, Kate meets smart kids who are unlikable,
likeable kids who aren’t very smart, and Park Avenue parents who refuse
to take no for an answer...