Readers of Karen M. McManus and Holly Jackson will want to enroll in this boarding school thriller about a group of prep school elites who would kill to get into the college of their dreams–literally.

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

Praise for The Ivies

“The Plastics meet the Heathers in this murder mystery about ruthless Ivy League ambition….A thrilling boarding school story with a satirical edge.”


“Donne pens a thrilling novel set in the world of competitive, hyper-elite college admissions, combining romance, suspense, and mystery into one thrilling story that closes with a twist.


“Quick pacing, dark humor, and deftly drawn characters distinguish this satirical thriller from Donne. Myriad twists and Olivia’s keen detective work propel the mystery to a cynical, gratifying close.”

Publishers Weekly

“Twisty and thrilling…boarding school murder has never been so much fun!”

Kara Thomas

author of That Weekend and The Cheerleaders

“A fun, scandalous, and timely whodunit exploring the toxic and dangerous competitiveness of the elite. Anyone who loves boarding school mysteries will adore this!”
Diana Urban

author of All Your Twisted Secrets

“A timely and compelling examination of the maelstrom created when girls are pitted against their environment–and each other.”
L.E. Flynn

author of All Eyes On Her and The Girls Are All So Nice Here

“The Ivies is ruthless, clever, and infectiously thrilling—I couldn’t put it down. Donne’s prose is razor sharp with a wicked wit. The plot careens at a whiplash pace toward the breathtaking finale. A genuine stunner.”

Dana Mele

author of People Like Us

“A satisfying page-turner, full of surprises and dark humor.”
Emily Arsenault

author of All the Pretty Things

“Tense, twisty, and oh-so-addictive, The Ivies kept me guessing right up until the end.”

Emily Lloyd Jones

author of The Bone Houses and The Hearts We Sold

“Donne unravels elite college admissions with a bitter blend of privilege, high pressure, competitiveness…and murder, in this twisty, page-turning thriller. A definite one-sitting read.”

J. Elle

author of Wings of Ebony