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500 Words or Less

Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy Leagueobsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays.But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore....

Title : 500 Words or Less
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ISBN : 9781534410442
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 373 pages
Status : Available For Download
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500 Words or Less Reviews

  • Tova

    Thank you for posting relatable content! And if you'd like to see my own 500 Words or Less Essay you can read my full review + college news & essay here!


    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell (most likely).

  • Kathleen

    I've become a big fan of novels-in-verse, and this was a relatively enjoyable one for me. That said, I wouldn't list it with my favorites. And, even though I currently spend my days talking books with high school students, it's not one I would push into the hands of any student I know right now. It's a story about a young, rich half-Chinese, half-White high school student who is struggling with her moral compass and her identity. A lot of the poetry, on its own, is wonderful; the hard part is we ...more

  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!*

    “When I write essays,

    I write about the emotionally raw moments,

    the lowest points,

    the authentic experiences that change and shape us.

    I am more than writing college essays.

    I am telling stories that we are too afraid to tell,

    because to tell them is to relive them,

    and sometimes it hurts too much.”

    First, forgive the formatting. My ARC was digital and for some reason my Kindle messed with the format of the ve

  • Michelle

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

    Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. The book's narrator Nic Chen is flawed and messy and falling apart, and such an excellently written character that you can't but help relate to her and her insights to her classmates.

  • julianna ➹

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights

    Maybe I was broken inside,

    with a moral compass

    that no longer pointed north.

    Or maybe I just wanted

    to be wanted,

    to be heard,

    to be seen,

    by someone.


    500 Words or Less is about a half-Chinese, half-white girl who went through a breakup in the past and basically lost the friends most important to her. And while she's trying to discover herself, she starts a business where she starts writing college a ...more

  • Rashika (is tired)

    I went into 500 Words or Less not knowing what the book was about at all so I was in for a bit of a surprise when it wasn’t actually a fluffy contemporary?

    Nic Chen is a complicated MC. She cheated on her ex, who everyone knew to be a great human being. Worse than that, she cheated on her ex with his best friend (who coincidentally, her ex is still talking too…so…) But she doesn’t want to known as the girl who cheated on her ex so she starts writing people’s college essays for them. But the more

  • Whitney Atkinson

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written the whole book out instead, it would have probably been so boring and just as unremarkable. Although this book had a cool aim and cast of characters, we weren't really let in to know a lot about them, so it fell flat ...more

  • Shelly

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the ending/twist.