We Regret to Inform You

We Regret to Inform You

Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly resume-padding extracurriculars (read:...

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  • Jenny Chou

    The college admission process is brutal, but A.E. Kaplan’s WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU manages to make what is essentially a roll of the dice for even 4.0 students into a seriously funny and thought-provoking novel, perfect for teens and their anxiety-riddled parents. Mischa has the top grades, the test scores, the varied extracurriculars, and a scholarship at fancy Blanchard Prep. Maybe she won’t get in everywhere, but she should get in somewhere, right? Wrong. When even her not-quite-mediocre safe

    The college admission process is brutal, but A.E. Kaplan’s WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU manages to make what is essentially a roll of the dice for even 4.0 students into a seriously funny and thought-provoking novel, perfect for teens and their anxiety-riddled parents. Mischa has the top grades, the test scores, the varied extracurriculars, and a scholarship at fancy Blanchard Prep. Maybe she won’t get in everywhere, but she should get in somewhere, right? Wrong. When even her not-quite-mediocre safety school rejects her and the school’s college guidance counselor suddenly vanishes, Mischa hunts for an explanation. Along the way she uncovers a conspiracy involving both the guy she loves (who just might love her back) and her worst enemy (whose burning desire to attend Harvard provides Mischa with exactly the tools she needs.) My favorite characters are the Ophelia Syndicate, a group of girl hackers who have Mischa’s back as she struggles to figure out which direction her life will take now that all her expectations are flipped upside-down and college is no longer a given. A page-turner of a novel that’s also a much needed commentary on the zany process of getting into college.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    This was the moment, when it was all supposed to payoff. This was the reward for all her hard work, sleepless nights and her mother's financial sacrifice so that she could attend a top notch private high school. High SAT scores - check! Near perfect GPA (curse you freshman PE!) - check! A long list of leadership and club positions - check! Mischa was a dream on paper, but as everyone began celebrating their college acceptances, she received NONE.

    This book was one of my anticipat

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    This was the moment, when it was all supposed to payoff. This was the reward for all her hard work, sleepless nights and her mother's financial sacrifice so that she could attend a top notch private high school. High SAT scores - check! Near perfect GPA (curse you freshman PE!) - check! A long list of leadership and club positions - check! Mischa was a dream on paper, but as everyone began celebrating their college acceptances, she received NONE.

    This book was one of my anticipated reads for 2018, and it did not let me down. I throughly enjoyed Kaplan's debut, Grendel's Guide to Love and War, and therefore expected a story full or humor and heart. Not only did Kaplan deliver an often hilarious tale of senior year woe, but she also really took a hard look at the weight of expectations and the pressures that most high school students face.

    Many times, overachievers are portrayed as a little bit cutthroat, but that was not the case with Mischa. When we first met her, she was secure and confident in her abilities. Yes, she was over extended to some degree, but she had a great sense of humor and a friendly demeanor. I had no problem liking her, and when things took a turn for the worst, I had no problem sharing her pain.

    Mischa was lucky to have a stupendous best friend in Nate. He always seemed to have time for Mischa or made time for her. I loved the ease of their friendship and the support he gave to her. Nate was a lot more complex, than I originally anticipated, and I thought his backstory, which was slowly revealed, was an important part of Mischa's journey.

    And that brings me to the part I always appreciate in YA books, the main character's journey of self discovery. Mischa's whole life plan sort of went up in smoke. Without the Ivy League acceptance letter in her hand, she had no idea who she was or what she could be. It was sort of sad to think, that people see themselves as grades and scores, but most of us were once there or ARE there, and could therefore, totally relate to Mischa's identity crisis.

    I thought that was all this book was going to be about, but after all the rejections were received, a mystery began to unfold, the mystery of who sabotaged Mischa's college admissions. The whole Scooby thing with the Ophelia Syndicate was a lot of fun. How could I not love a sassy trio of stem loving girls. In addition to helping Mischa uncover the truth about her admissions failures, they also helped her see beyond "Mischa the Overachiever" and see Mischa the person.

    The mystery was filled with all the delicious drama that I was expecting. It also contained plenty of social commentary, and I liked the way multiple characters added to the exploration of "what comes next". It always bothered me, that college is made to seem like the only after high school option, and it was refreshing to see other options mentioned.

    Overall: This was a wonderful mixture of comedy, drama, and mystery with a touch of romance, that thoughtfully explored many of the pressures associated with the standard ideas of achievement.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Paul

    We Regret to Inform You is a piece of YA fiction that is a perfect hybrid of mystery and drama with a bit of romance. Misha takes some hits and questions herself, but ultimately, she escapes rock bottom with the help of her wit and determination. What starts as drama quickly turns to a satisfying caper that twists and turns to great conclusion. I would definitely recommend this one.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children’s Books, Alfred A Knopf for Young Readers, and A.E. Kaplan for the ad

    We Regret to Inform You is a piece of YA fiction that is a perfect hybrid of mystery and drama with a bit of romance. Misha takes some hits and questions herself, but ultimately, she escapes rock bottom with the help of her wit and determination. What starts as drama quickly turns to a satisfying caper that twists and turns to great conclusion. I would definitely recommend this one.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children’s Books, Alfred A Knopf for Young Readers, and A.E. Kaplan for the advanced copy for review.

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  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Netgalley

    Mischa attends a prestigious private school near D.C., at great personal cost to her single mother. Mischa has done everything she is supposed to do, keeping up her grades, doing well on tests, and getting good letters of recommendation from her teachers. When college acceptance day rolls around, however, things go badly, and in the end, Mischa doesn't even get accepted by her fall back school. Her friend Nate is very supportive and tries to help, but Mischa doesn't want to d

    E ARC from Netgalley

    Mischa attends a prestigious private school near D.C., at great personal cost to her single mother. Mischa has done everything she is supposed to do, keeping up her grades, doing well on tests, and getting good letters of recommendation from her teachers. When college acceptance day rolls around, however, things go badly, and in the end, Mischa doesn't even get accepted by her fall back school. Her friend Nate is very supportive and tries to help, but Mischa doesn't want to disappoint her mother, so claims that she got into Paul Revere, just so she doesn't have to tell her. She's so upset that she even visits Revere and talks to an admissions officer, and when she is there, catches a glimpse of her transcript-- which has Ds on it! Since the lowest grade she ever got was an A-, in gym, Mischa starts to investigate. A group of girls in her school who like to dabble in hacking help her out, and they soon uncover (after much fun sleuthing!) a grade changing ring that rewards the students whose parents have donated a lot of money to the school and that penalizes students who do very well but are poor. Even though this ring affects Nate, with whom she has an increasingly close relationship, Mischa manages to team up with her arch nemesis to put things to right.

    Strengths: This is blissfully middle grade appropriate, which I appreciated. Mischa is a great character who is focused and really wants to make her mother happy by being successful. Her mother, who has pushed her a bit, is completely understanding when she thinks Mischa has gotten into only Paul Revere. The romance with Nate is great, and the peek into the lives of the wealthy and privileged is fun. The hacking and spying is right up there with Carter's Gallagher Girls, but more realistic. I liked it so much that I am slightly sad I don't work in a high school so I could hand it to every reader who comes into the library. (But not really, because I love middle school!)

    Weaknesses: There is some borderline illegal activity, but it's essential for taking down the powers that are unfairly changing grades. There is also just a tiny bit of kissing, although to throw off a principal from finding out they had broken into the school to get records, one of the girls takes off her shirt, and there is also an Instagram account that is hacked and made to look like a girl is taking heroin.

    What I really think: This was so much fun, both the grade changing ring and the romance, and I really enjoyed it. I just don't think middle school students in my area will care all that much. I would definitely buy this for any high school library.

  • Lorilin

    Mischa Abramavicius is a straight-A student at a top private high school. The fact that she's there on scholarship has only motivated her to work her hardest, and it shows. She's consistently at the top of her class with good grades and impressive extracurricular achievements. When the time comes to hear which colleges she made it into, Mischa is anxious but still confident that the acceptance letters will come rolling in. So she is absolutely devastated when she gets into...zero schools, not ev

    Mischa Abramavicius is a straight-A student at a top private high school. The fact that she's there on scholarship has only motivated her to work her hardest, and it shows. She's consistently at the top of her class with good grades and impressive extracurricular achievements. When the time comes to hear which colleges she made it into, Mischa is anxious but still confident that the acceptance letters will come rolling in. So she is absolutely devastated when she gets into...zero schools, not even her safety. Of course, Mischa is humiliated. But as time goes by, she wonders what went wrong and, ultimately, concludes that the facts just don't add up. With help from her best friend, Nate, as well as a quirky group of girls in the technology club at her school, Mischa follows the trail of her admissions paperwork and uncovers some shocking truths.

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    This book wasn't at all what I was expecting it to be. I actually thought it was going to be about Mischa getting completely rejected from colleges and then having to, like, find a job and struggle to redefine her life. Ooooops. Not even close. In reality, We Regret to Inform You is basically a young adult mystery. There's a good story in there, but it's mostly a whodunnit. And it's great! The book is light and fun, quirky and entertaining, with lots of clever banter between characters. It never gets too deep or layered, but it works. This is a perfect feel-good read when you want something engaging but not too heavy. It's not the type of book I'd normally pick up, but I surprised myself by really enjoying it.

    Thanks to Alfred A Knopf and Amazon Vine for the ARC!

  • Marie

    We Regret To Inform You was a book I was eagerly anticipating, because I had this feeling. You know, the one you have for a book you know you’ll enjoy. I’m really happy to say that, I was right.

    Sweet, fun, entertaining, We Regret To Inform You was, for me, a bingeable kind of read. With the main topic of it being about a teenager not getting into the college of her choice, it really emphasized the process of getting into college at all in the United States. Being French, I never had to go throug

    We Regret To Inform You was a book I was eagerly anticipating, because I had this feeling. You know, the one you have for a book you know you’ll enjoy. I’m really happy to say that, I was right.

    Sweet, fun, entertaining, We Regret To Inform You was, for me, a bingeable kind of read. With the main topic of it being about a teenager not getting into the college of her choice, it really emphasized the process of getting into college at all in the United States. Being French, I never had to go through this stressful, complicated process with university applications (it is very different here from the US), so it was a really interesting discovery, too. You know me, I love books dealing with school and pressure.

    Our main character really wants to be the perfect, straight A, Harvard and every Ivy-League school material and has worked, with her single mom’s encouragement, towards it her entire life (almost). I really empathized with her struggles as everything goes the wrong way for her and was rooting for her right from the start, too. Her narration, sarcastic, funny, bold, was really good to read. This book also got its share of good side-characters, from the best friend (who is bisexual, yay!) to the group of girls hackers (yay!).

    Overall, We Regret To Inform You was a fun read, yet dealing with important topics such as the difference between who you are and the face you show to the world, school pressure. I’d definitely recommend it!

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  • Tatiana

    3.5 stars

    A rare YA novel that approaches overachieving and the relentless hunt for the “best school” in a moderately interesting way. (It really is amazing, although not surprising, how far some families would go to get into the so much coveted Ivy League schools.) But the characters are thinner than I prefer and often interchangeable. The mystery only exists because adults are oblivious/don’t do their jobs, as it always is in YA.

  • Dahlia

    Oh man I enjoyed that a

    . It was only partly what I expected; I kind of thought the MC would have more of an

    vibe. But she didn't, and I loved her for it. (Not a criticism of ETH - I love that MC - but I feel like it's the obvious voice for an overachiever and it's nice to see an alternative.) Also, the secondary characters are fabulous, especially Nate, whom I utterly

    . Woof I shipped them hard.

    ETA: I forgot to mention when I first reviewed, but also, I loved the littl

    Oh man I enjoyed that a

    . It was only partly what I expected; I kind of thought the MC would have more of an

    vibe. But she didn't, and I loved her for it. (Not a criticism of ETH - I love that MC - but I feel like it's the obvious voice for an overachiever and it's nice to see an alternative.) Also, the secondary characters are fabulous, especially Nate, whom I utterly

    . Woof I shipped them hard.

    ETA: I forgot to mention when I first reviewed, but also, I loved the little bits about her family history (especially as someone who has familial roots in the Holocaust), straddling the privilege line, and feeling the pressure to make more of life. Yes, that's a lot of things that resonated really hard that I initially forgot to mention because I was distracted by my love of the characters and ship. So sue me.

  • Jen Ryland

    Cute - intrigue surrounding college admissions. A promising senior at a private high school is rejected from every school she applies to and discovers that something strange happened to her transcript. No one is above suspicion! A nice balance of suspense, humor, family and romance. Had a bit of a Veronica Mars vibe, which I liked!

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