Heavy Reserve and RA Alert: ‘Admission’

The reviewers’ darling this week is Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz. About a woman who is a Princeton admissions officer, several of the reviews say that, in addition to being “compulsively readable,” it could be used as a tip sheet for over-anxious parents, trying to get their kids into the Ivy League.

Some libraries are showing heavy reserve lists. 

Entertainment Weekly, Admission reviewed by Leah Greenblatt, A-

…compulsively readable…At 449 pages, it’s a doorstop-worthy tome. … But…[it] seldom drags…Each chapter begins with a neat device: short excerpts from (fictional, we presume) application essays that range from wrenching to utterly inane…Admission is that rare thing in a novel: both juicy and literary, a genuinely smart read with a human, beating heart.

USA Today, Bob Minzesheimer,  Admission unseals hushed secrets behind ivied walls

Korelitz, who has been a part-time reader in Princeton’s admission office, weaves in larger questions about privilege, entitlement and diversity and the problems of having 25% of all college applications going to 1% of the schools…At heart it’s a love story — love lost, lost again, then found.

LA Times, Wendy Smith, Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

An old-fashioned novelist in the best sense, Korelitz takes a subject of consuming contemporary interest and uses it to frame a portrait of a wonderfully complex character confronting the choices she’s made and the damage she’s done, mostly to herself.

Chicago Tribune, Elizabeth Taylor, Editor’s Choice: Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

An engaging read, not yet another stereotypical look at crazed applicants

Jean Hanff Korelitz
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing – (2009-04-13)
ISBN-10: 0446540706
ISBN-13: 9780446540704

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