No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant

No Ivy League

When 17-year-old Hazel Newlevant takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in her home town of Portland, Oregon, her only expectation is to earn a little money. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds her job working side by side with at-risk teens to be an initiation into a new world that she has no skill in navigating. This uncomfortable and compelling memoir is an important story of a girl's awakening to the racial insula...

Details No Ivy League

TitleNo Ivy League
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherLion Forge
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Young Adult, Contemporary

Reviews No Ivy League

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I feel like this graphic novel bit off more than it could chew, tbh. It tried so hard to do so many things and I feel like every aspect was lacking because of it. I am SO BUMMED that I didn't love this.
  • Tatiana
    Earnest, but needs so much more reflection, because ultimately this homeschooler-meets-the-real-world narrative touches upon many things (white privilege, racism, dating a younger and a much older man, etc.) but achieves and understands absolutely none of them.
  • ~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~ ☾
    FORMAT READ: eBook (Adobe Digital Editions)READ FOR: coming-of-age- themesTW: Cursing, Under-Age Relationships ⇒MY BLOG⇐*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise**Thank you to Lion Forge for the ARC to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* OVERALL: 3.5/5This was.. interesting… (in a good way)This is a story I probably would not have picked up nor would I have enjoyed if it wasn’t a graphic novel. The illustrations...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Insulated in her homeschool group, Hazel has no idea how privileged she is as the daughter of vegan, middle-class hippies in Portland, Oregon. Many of her preconceptions and ignorance are challenged, however, when she accepts a job at No Ivy League, a youth program designed to get city kids working in nature pulling ivy.I enjoyed this, but felt like it would have been better if it was a little longer and explore the major theme of white privilege...
  • Emma
    The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I think this book only touches the surface of a major problem which is white privilege. Hazel doesn’t realize how sheltered her life has been until she has the chance to work alongside a group of very diverse people. This story deals with her coming to realize some truths not only about the outside world and what she has never encountered...
  • Maia
    Hazel grew up white, middle-class, vegan, and home-schooled in Portland, OR. Lacking a social circle outside other home-schooled teens, Hazel had no idea how sheltered she was until she started a summer job pulling invasive English ivy out of parks in youth nature summer program. For the first time, Hazel worked along side teens from different schools, races, backgrounds and with different goals. It's a rude awakening, but ultimately an enlighten...
  • Queen Cronut
    When I first looked at this book, I'd assumed it was about Ivy League schools but as it turned out, was the memoir of Hazel Newlevant, told through a graphic novel depicting the summer she joined No Ivy League, a program for at-risk teens to clear invasive species in state parks.Hazel Newlevant, a vegan, home-schooled, and extremely sheltered girl finds a summer job working alongside other teens from different backgrounds leading to realize just ...
  • Anniek
    I read an eARC of this novel through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.This graphic novel starts off with an author letter, where she talks about what inspired the novel. One of the main themes is learning who you are as a person, in relation to the world around you. As always, the question here is if it's even possible to fully know yourself:"It's incredible, believing over and over again that you've figured things out - only to stumbl...
  • Chloe Quartier du Livre
    3.5/5a very nice autobiographical graphic novel, in wich the author/MC confronts the reality of the world that homeschooling didn't let her see. it's not mindblowing nor game changing, but seeing how her perception of the world changes because (or thanks to) a summer job in a national park was interesting. i liked the art, the author definitly has her own style and worked hard on it, defining it. The MC is very mature, however very naive since sh...
  • Laura
    This is the story of Hazel, a home schooled teen who has never had to mingle with people who might be from a different economical background, with different life experiences. The author writes this memoire from a distance of bout 10 years.There are other things going on, beside the homeschooling, as Hazel is also dating someone much younger than her. This is brought up by some of the boys, she is working with, and she is teased about it in a gros...
  • Erin
    This author and artist has a lot of potential, and this graphic memoir is an intriguing story, but almost like the first few chapters of a work instead of the whole thing. I loved the art style (can’t wait to see in color), and they did a great job of capturing Hazel’s conflicted feelings in each drawing. I agree with some other reviews I’ve seen that it seemed both unfocused and too tidy. But as someone who also grew up in a suburban Portl...
  • Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    Find this and more reviews and content on my blog Sometimes Leelynn ReadsDisclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Edelweiss, Lion Forge, and Hazel Newlevant for this free copy.I don't know when I finally realized that this was an autobiography of the author's life growing up, but I think I finally got it. I mean, unless Hazel named the main character after themse...
  • Alisa
    No Ivy League is a coming of age graphic novel following our protagonist, Hazel,during the summer as she gets her first job clearing ivy from a forest. I really liked Hazel. She is homeschooled, white and middle class so that makes her more privileged then other kids in the group. There is so much that she never had to think about and never noticed. This summer job opens her eyes to many things that her social status and homeschooling sheltered h...
  • Marti M
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a free advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. This graphic novel comes out August 20th. 3 ⭐This graphic novel follows 17 year old Hazel for the duration of a job she had clearing ivy from a park for one summer as a teen. Hazel is homeschooled and through working this job she is introduced to kids from different backgrounds than she’s seen during her sheltered life. Likes:-I thought t...
  • Kayla Miller
    This book captured the confusion, conflict, and intense emotions that come with being a teen and beginning to explore the world outside of your comfort zone.In a fully fictional book, the themes and plot may have been a bit neater, but this is a memoir and as such the author is pulling together themes and plot from their memory of events. Life is complicated and our stories don't always have finite conclusions. The main character has a lot of con...
  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    I thought this was an interesting memoir about a young girl who is home schooled, protected and privileged. She begins to realise this when she works on a summer project with kids from racially diverse and less affluent backgrounds. I enjoyed the artwork and it was interesting to see the way Hazel becomes aware of difference. What is more interesting is the way she then seeks to know and learn more. I actually think this is a story about a commen...
  • Amber
    The illustrations do a wonderful job conveying exactly what Hazel is trying to depict; however, the story itself it trying to tackle too much and suffers as a result. The reader does not find out that Hazel is working with what the story considers at-risk teens until a good portion of the story is over. While this is a memoir about Hazel's life, her awakening seems underdeveloped. Additionally, there is a side plot that is tossed in and then toss...
  • Megan
    Thanks to Edelwiess for the ARC of this graphic memoir set in Portland, OR over the course of one summer. The novel follows Hazel, a homeschooled student that decides to earn money pulling ivy in forest park, interacting with other teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. I’m not quite sure that I understood the central point of this graphic novel, which had several side stories and seems like it wants to tackle bigger issues of race and a gene...
  • Billie
    It was fine. I think the author was well-intentioned, but the length or the format or maybe both meant that she was unable to really explore both the environmental aspect and her ideas about privilege in any depth, which meant that both ended up feeling superficial and occasionally glib. I think this graphic memoir could have benefited by focusing on Hazel's privilege and her dawning awareness of it and putting the information about invasive spec...
  • Stephanie
    Good art and a decent story, but I wish it had been more introspective instead of just a linear timeline of events over the course of a summer.
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    This felt like two different stories and as a result neither was fully fleshed out. Partly it's a story about Hazel confronting her own privilege and understanding her family's part in Portland's history with school segregation. Partly it's a story about Hazel interacting with kids from different backgrounds away from the seclusion of her homeschooling community for the first time and how that broadens her perspective. Because of the short length...
  • J Earl
    No Ivy League is Hazel Newlevant's memoir about first coming to the realization that her life growing up was sheltered and privileged.The broad point of the memoir is that we are rarely, if ever, fully aware of just how different things are for other people. This is true even for those who went to diverse public schools. More specifically, in this case, it is white privilege as well as class privilege, especially where they overlap and reinforce ...
  • Kelly
    Starts slowly, builds into something real, and then ends abruptly and with no resolution.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for sexual harassment and racism.)Raised in Portland, Oregon, cartoonist Hazel Newlevant was homeschooled by their* parents (for hippie reasons, not religious ones), resulting in a somewhat sheltered childhood. When they were seventeen, they got a summer job removing English ivy and ...
  • Jaime
    Review also posted to my blog.content warnings: sexism, racism, sexual harassment (challenged), a kiss between an adult and a minor (dream sequence, one-sided from the 17 year old)representation: chilean main character, black main characters, latinx main character, side characters of colour “Here’s a super random question... Have you ever met a homeschooler who’s black?”“Huh, not that I can think of.” I have some conflicted feelings a...
  • Chadreadsbooks
    Firstly would like to thank netgalley for a arc of this graphic novel In exchange for a honest review. This graphic novel follows Hazel who all their life has been homeschooled and sheltered from the real world, so doesn’t really understand much about how much white privilege they has. So when they get a summer job to work with a bunch of other teenagers around their age who are not homeschooled as they are and sees the diverse group of people ...
  • Josee Bookshelf
    No Ivy League By: by Hazel Newlevant Synopsis:When 17-year-old Hazel Newlevant takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in her home town of Portland, Oregon, her only expectation is to earn a little money. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds her job working side by side with at-risk teens to be an initiation into a new world that she has no skill in navigating. This uncomfortable and compelling memoir is an important st...
  • Wayne McCoy
    'No Ivy League' with story and art by Hazel Newlevant is a graphic novel based on the author's own experiences with a summer job in Portland.Hazel is a homeschooler trying to save up money for a concert. When a job shows up to clear ivy from a large park in Portland, she takes it. She finds herself surrounded by other kids from different backgrounds. She wants to fit in, but feels like an outsider. She learns through an incident that this is a gr...
  • Olivia
    I was fortunate enough to get to hear Newlevant speak as a plenary speaker at a conference I attended last year and got a pre-print of the first chapter, so I definitely knew I wanted to read this when it was completed. This is a very focused autobiographical story about a summer Newlevant worked digging up ivy and was forced to recognize how much privilege they had in their life up to that point. It makes for a quick read but there’s no way it...
  • Theediscerning
    Meh. It's a good-looking book, and the setting – a group of feckless teens having an 'improving' summer job clearing invasive, non-native ivy from a wooded park – is certainly distinctive. But the book is just empty, and all of really little consequence. It's dressed up as this major thing where a home-schooled WASP learns about the real world y'all, but you'd have to read the blurb to know that. It's autobiographical, so the creator has gone...
  • Emily (Obsessed Reader)
    Hazel’s journey of stepping out of her comfort zone as a homeschooler and taking a new job with other kids her age causes her to learn about many things, for example she learns a lot about racial identity and white privilege. The author made some great points on those topics and I enjoyed watching Hazel grow in that aspect. However I felt the story started to also be a commentary on sexuality and relationships, but that side of it kind of dropp...