Author: Lacy Crawford
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Kristi of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: In Early Decision, debut novelist Lacy Crawford draws on 15 years of experience traveling the world as a highly sought-after private college counselor to illuminate the madness of college admissions.
Working one-on-one with Tiger-mothered, burned-out kids, Anne “the application whisperer” can make Harvard a reality. Early Decision follows five students over one autumn as Anne helps them craft their college essays, cram for the SATs, and perfect the Common Application. It seems their entire future is on the line—and it is. Though not because of Princeton and Yale. It’s because the process, warped as it is by money, connections, competition, and parental mania, threatens to crush their independence just as adulthood begins.
Whether you want to get in or just get out, with wit and heart, Early Decision explodes the secrets of the college admissions race.
Ope’s Opinion: Since I worked in a high school guidance office for a few years and have two daughters who went to very different colleges, I was attracted to the subject of this book. I really do enjoy the whole matching a college and student process.
I felt like there were times when the book was wordy and lost my attention. I kept reading because I did want to see where each of Anne’s students ended up going and how it worked out for them.
Personally, I did not connect with Anne. I did not find her personal life added to the story.
Reading diary’s, emails and texts as a work of fiction is not usually my favorite read. I see how in this subject matter that was the best form mat.