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book review: Admission (26-Feb)

Posted on 2011.05.04 at 15:17
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Oy, this book was a tomb. So completely massive for no reason. Simple story, way too much background. But not completely boring! Woman works for the admissions office in Princeton. Book starts off with her traveling to some schools around the Northeast and she comes across a newer school. She and the head of the school have some history. But she also has a very long term boyfriend back in NJ who also works at the school. They have been together for a long time, but not long after she returns to town, they break up and he has another kid with a new, horrible women. He also had a kid with a previous, crazy, girlfriend. But not with the Women. This book then turns to her background. Turns out she had a kid while she was in college and gave it up. She never knew anything about it and then she realizes that this years incoming class will be the same age as her kid is now. She takes a liking to a kid from the new school she visited and even though the rest of her department declines him, she switches some things around and offers him admission anyway, knowing she will be fired.

That is the part of the story I hated that most. For most of the book, I didn't mind the Women, she seemed fine and normal. And then she goes essentially crazy and does some shit like this and makes me not like her anymore. I hate when characters totally change in the blink of an eye. Blah. I liked her take on the college admission part. I liked how honest and fairly truthful they were to the process. It's interesting to see how a private school does things vs a public school where it's all based on numbers. I don't really know now which I like better. Just different. And also, the process when it comes to wooing the kids once they have been accepted. Sounds like a very hard balancing game. I liked that part of the book the best. But the story, meh.

Grade: C

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