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Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides...It's what we let in, but it's also what we let out." — For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a PrincetonUniversity admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her relu...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446540711
ISBN-10: 0446540714
Publication Date: 4/8/2010
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

3 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Really not too impressed. It seemed long and took me forever to read. She goes on and on about the reviewer process until you're like "enough already." The last 100 pages are actually the best, most interesting part of the book, when the character develops a small amount of personality. It does let you know something about what college admission officers look for, but it may tell you more of what not to do and what not to expect than anything else. It's a lot like reading about someone with a really ugly, hard job you're really glad you don't have.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting a first, great glimpse into admission process at ivy league schools. Book is often redundant and predictable and is too long. Characters could be fleshed out a bit more and less irritating. I liked the excerpts from the students personal statements that start each chapter,
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Certainly the job of admissions officer is one I'd given little thought to, until I read this story. I enjoyed reading about this taxing job & appreciated the author's descriptions, although some were very wordy. At times, I wanted the author to pick up the pace & get to the heart of the matter. Portia's a complex character & the author gives you lots of insight to her thought process & opinions.