9780312426965

Acceptance A Novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312426965

  • ISBN10:

    0312426968

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-04
  • Publisher: Picador
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Summary

A hilarious, insightful chronicle of one year in the life of the college admissions process seen through the eyes of three ambitious students, their parents, and one beleaguered admissions officer. With the empathy of Tom Perrotta and the engaging candor of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep, Susan Coll charts the students' progress from month-to-month and reveals every dimension of wild competition among the families gunning for the top spots in the American meritocracy.

Author Biography

Susan Coll is the author of the novels karlmarx.com: A Love Story and Rockville Pike. She lives in Washington, D.C., and she and her husband are the parents of three college-aged children.

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"Bristles with enough wit and ambition to earn honors."--Entertainment Weekly

"If your teen is among the thousands of high school seniors anxiously awaiting their college acceptance letters, Coll's witty satire of the admissions process will provide both of you with some much-needed comic relief."--Life magazine

"Hilarious and dismaying."--George F. Will, Newsweek

"Coll's tale of the harrowing days of college admission is spot-on."--People

"Skillfully executed . . . a winning social comedy . . . Captures the reasoned irrationality of teens . . . It will prove a winning combination for readers who are in the throes of the rejection letter hype."--USA Today

"Coll neatly captures the irony and humor of an era in which colleges peddle to junior high kids and Saturdays are all about SAT prep."--The Christian Science Monitor

Excerpts

"Mom, are you all right?" Harry whispered in her ear. "You look kind of funny."
 
"I’m great," Grace replied, managing to pat him reassuringly on the knee.
 
Another parent asked a question about the importance of grades versus standardized test scores, and then wondered aloud about how much weight would be given to her son’s fluency in three languages and his forthcoming summer internship at NASA. "Think of the application as a jigsaw puzzle," the tour guide said. "Grades are one piece, scores are another." He sounded bored with his own answer, as though he uttered these same words several times a day, which he no doubt did. He had been asked some version of this same question at least six times in the last thirty minutes, and the schedule indicated that there were four separate information sessions being offered that day. The interrogator in this instance—a squat, wild-haired woman in her mid-fifties who resembled one of several hermit-like, mentally unbalanced chemists in Grace’s office—was not this easily put off. She wanted numbers, percentile groups, statistics, solid granules of information to record in the red, three-ring binder balanced on her lap. Specifically, she wanted to know whether her son, the skinny, meek-looking youth sitting next to her with the same unfortunate DNA, was going to be able to use Yates University as his safety school. There was a murmur in the room, as the rest of the audience absorbed and remarked on the arrogance of this question. Her poor son slumped in his chair.

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