We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published on August 21, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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: Students for Sober Driving) ... all that for nothing.
As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as "The Ophelia Syndicate," Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.
We Regret to Inform You is every high achiever or over achievers nightmare.
YA books have been really hit or miss for me lately, but this one caught my eye, and I’m glad it did. At the beginning, I was a little irritated, well… maybe just bored… by Mischa. Which actually makes sense, because she was bored with herself as well. I gave it time and it definitely picked up, though not until after a good bit of self deprecation and woe is me time.
Once the ball was finally rolling, I was excited to see them work through the mystery of what happened to Mischa’s transcripts and applications. The Ophelia’s stole the show whenever they graced the pages. I loved them! Funny, brilliant, and snarky…. I just loved them. It took a while for Nate to grow on me. Speaking of Nate and her other friends, for that matter, I feel like we didn’t really get a good feel for her friendships with these people? Like they all seemed very superficial, no depth or anything really connecting them.
The breaking and entering, hacking, and running ideas and gossip through each other to create webs and narrow down suspects was definitely fun. Sure, it may be far fetched, but this is a fiction book anyway. But the whole scam that was going down seems like something that could legitimately happen – or might even actually be happening somewhere. Like it was pulled from the headlines. At the same time – Mischa could have just told someone, like even her mom – and I bet things could have been easily proven wrong or corrected in a different way. I mean I guess there wouldn’t be this book then, but still… just seems like it could be easily solved if Mischa wasn’t dramatic.
As much as like the way things all ended, and the path she chose to take, I still feel like she was kind of a crappy person for a bit. She bailed on a lot of obligations she had made, and did nothing to make up for that. They were never even brought up again, after she just ditched them, and not even in a nice or responsible way. I get that she was going through something, but what does that kind of behavior say about her? I think in the end I still preferred the Ophelia’s to Mischa.
I am so grateful that I did great in school, but was never put under pressure like this. I enjoyed school, but I feel like this would have killed it for me! But I imagine there are a lot of students right now who could sympathize with the emotions and stress in this book, so it’s definitely relatable for the right crowd!
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