Thick envelope or thin? In...or out? For college seniors, it seems like their whole lives have been leading up to that crucial moment, when they find out whether the college of their choice has admitted them.
Novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz's new book Admission (yes, she's related to Helene Hanff of 84 Charing Cross Road fame!) delves into the world of a Princeton admissions officer who has a long-buried secret. A chance recruiting visit to an alternative school leads to a re-examination of her life to that point...and a decision that will change her future and life forever.
If the real behind-the-scenes world of college admissions fascinates you, this novel has plenty of detail and authenticity. An excellent companion read is Jacques Steinberg's The Gatekeepers, which follows several Wesleyan admissions officers and applicants for the Class of 2004. Either way, you'll discover the difference between early action and early decision, see how the admissions officers work together to "create" a class, and learn that baked goods won't help tip the scales in your balance (though they may be tipping scales upwards in the admission office!).