Girls With Bright Futures

Tracy Dobmeier, Wendy Katzman

fiction thriller
dark reflective tense fast-paced

416 pages | first published 2021

Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they'll each get what they deserve.

College admissions season at Seattle's Elliot Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions, and students as impressive as their parents are ambitions. But when Stanford alerts the school it's allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cutthroat than they could have imagined.

Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter's place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar daughter down.

That's when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn't appear to be an accident at all.

As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they're willing to cross to secure their daughters' futures...and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.

What the community thinks

summary of 14 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

mysterious 66%
dark 50%
emotional 50%
tense 50%
reflective 33%
challenging 16%
funny 16%

Pace

medium 71%
fast 28%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 25% | Plot: 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

4.0