Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Early Decision - Crawford

Throughout the stress and pressure involved with the college admissions process, even the most educated and intelligent students often need every trick in the book to succeed. Anne is a private college admissions consultant who offers her services to promising high-school students, and their pushy, well-off parents, to prepare the required Common Application and various essays required for consideration.

Anne is good at what she does. She has a long history of success getting her students offers from their top-pick colleges, Tufts, Yale, Princeton, even Harvard.  If you want in, you contact Anne.

Much like her students, Anne needs guidance through what is potentially the most stressful time in her life. Anne is not, however, wading through college applications but her mid-twenties and adult issues like career decisions, marriage, children. She is dating an actor, living below an unfriendly and difficult neighbor, and having never finished her PhD realizes that her job is just that, a job, not a career choice or path.

Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy is an entertaining look at Anne's struggles as well as the college admission process of five of her students and the growth and maturity that is gained by all.  Lacy Crawford draws on her own wealth of experience as a private college counselor and presents a enjoyable and fun read. Though written as a novel, the book actually provides some valuable college admissions writing skills, and a few life lessons too.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.