Friday, June 11, 2010

Hacking Harvard - Robin Wasserman

Rated: 8 stars

Hacking Harvard

It's the ultimate challenge: breaking into the Ivy League.
The hack:
To get one deadbeat, fully unqualified slacker into the most prestigious school in the country.

The crew:
Eric Roth -- the good guy, the voice of reason.
Max Kim -- the player who made the bet in the first place.
Schwartz -- the kid genius already on the inside...of Harvard, that is.
Lexi -- the beauty-queen valedictorian who insists on getting in the game.

The plan:
Use only the most undetectable schemes and techno-brilliant skills. Don't break the Hacker's Code. Don't get distracted. Don't get caught. Take down someone who deserves it.

The stakes:
A lot higher than they think.

They've got the players, the plot, and soon -- the prize.
It's go time.


This is a nice easy read that entertains well without being entire fluff. It takes on the biased admissions process in Ivy League Schools, while managing to keep the story line pretty light. While the ending isn't too hard to figure out, the novel manages to stay fresh with the characters' witty banter and the insight into the stress induced by such a warped admissions system. The story incorporates a couple of unforeseen twists, love, family, friendship, cool technology...basically a little bit of anything anyone would ever want.


A witty, easy read that manages to touch on social issues without become didactic. Well written with a good ending.


Young adult readers, chick lit readers, spy novel readers, computer geek readers - basically anyone from any genre that enjoys a little adrenaline rush.

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