Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy by Lacy Crawford

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Read Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy Online Free - 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.

Title : Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy
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ISBN : 0062240617
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


William rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 23, 2014

Why is it that anything written about college admissions both gets published and seems to sell? My two-star rating is generous; this book fails both as literature and as information about the US college admission process. I have to admit that after reading "Admission," I did not think anything wo...

Elizabeth rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 07, 2013

A friend passed this book on to me, based, I guess, on the fact that I like first novels and that I went to a college something like the ones that most of the characters obsessed with in this book. But too much of Early Decisions came across to me as sort of dopey -- not very well characterized,...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

November 04, 2013

I had a hard time with this book. I wanted to like it because it's an interesting subject. The story is about a young woman who helps high school seniors with the college application process - she helps edit the various essays they have to write for the Common Application - and she gets periphera...

Kressel rated it ★★★★★

April 17, 2014

As of this writing, it’s two days till Pesach. I have a ton of cooking to do, not to mention some last touch-ups on cleaning, and yet I’ve done something utterly foolish and yet thoroughly pleasurable: I’ve let myself get addicted to a novel. I started it on Shabbos, continued through on Saturday...

Gabrielle rated it ★★★☆☆

September 01, 2013

Usually when I read a book I identify with a character,and their journey is the through-line of my own life for the time it takes to read the book (and much longer in the case of the greats...I'm still living with Scout Finch's story in my bones...). Anyway, with this book, I had the odd and slig...

Annie rated it ★★★☆☆

September 18, 2013

Sometimes when I’ve read books created around a specialized vocation, I get bored with the tedium of work. Too much minutia about the day to day operations gets me down. I felt that Early Decision was appropriately balanced, but still dragged a bit for me in the execution of the plot. I never rea...

Angela rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 24, 2013

Crawford certainly knows what she's writing about, and she knows how to craft a well-written sentence. Unfortunately, competent writing can't overcome a complete lack of connection with the characters. While its obvious that protagonist and "application whisperer" Anne has plenty of sympathy for...

Ruth rated it ★★★☆☆

October 12, 2013

Lacy Crawford, the author drew from her experience as a college admissions counselor to give us a view of the upper mclass and upper middle class vie for a place at an Ivy League college for their child. These are the parents who have sought to enroll their child in the best preschool when they f...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2013

An interesting look into a world I had never considered -- that of a professional college application counselor. Annie was a top student who went to Princeton but washed out of her PhD program at University of Chicago. Now, unable to decide what to do with her life, she runs a small business, adv...

Sheryl rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2014

This is crazy, but I believe people will do anything to get their children into in the right school. I've heard stories of moms working really hard to get their little prodigies into the right pre-school. I had just heard a podcast of "This American Life" about this same thing. Ira Glass was inte...

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