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The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, Hot-housing & Micromanaging

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Admissions rates of 6%? Kids applying to 32 colleges? Sixteenyear-olds with more impressive resumes than Fortune 500
CEOs? Has the nation lost its mind?

Why yes, it has! The college admissions process now sucks
approximately 1250% more time, money and psychic energy than
it did when today’s parents were going through the same process.
Thank God author J.D. Rothman is here to sh
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Paperback, First Edition, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Prospect Park Media
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Michelene Esposito
Sep 14, 2015 Michelene Esposito rated it it was amazing
This book is a flat-out riot! If you are anywhere near the college admission process you will love this book. AND it is informative. I'm not yet in the college process and will reread it again in a couple years. I am recommending this book to anyone I know with a high school student.
♥ Caitlin
Mar 14, 2012 ♥ Caitlin rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
What I really loved about this book: the design. Kudos to the book designer; the layout, the cover, the graphics, and the diagrams were very spiffy and easy on the eye.

Now, unfortunately, for the negatives. Well, I got this as part of a Goodreads Giveaway, so I'm not really a member of the book's targeted audience. I mean, I should be because I am a high school senior and will be attending college in the fall. However, it feels like this book is more for those who are interested in attending mor
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William
Nov 26, 2012 William rated it really liked it
To my surprise, I rather liked this book. I have worked in college admissions for quite some time (and am currently an independent college counselor, among other pursuits), and typically find books about the field to be misleading, redundant or annoying. This "guide" is genuinely funny, and a fast read. But it is in no sense a guide to anything.

But I am not the parent of a prospective college student, and cannot figure out why someone who is in that situation would read this. Maybe after the pro
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Starasia
Dec 20, 2014 Starasia rated it liked it
Ms. Rothman wrote this satirical self-help book with her tongue entirely in her cheek. There were a few helpful hints nestled in between the outlandishness, but mostly it served to put a spotlight on the absurdity of the college process and how ridiculous it seems to buy into it. As the rejection letter from Harvard read, "Past experience suggests that the particular college a student attends is far less important than what the student does to develop his or her strengths and talents over the ne ...more
Melissa
Sep 30, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
I was looking on Amazon.com for books about college admissions and noticed this one was rated highly. I obviously didn't read enough about it because I did not initially realize that it was a satire on college admissions. It had some entertaining parts and I even learned a few things (most importantly, that I am NOT a neurotic parent), such as referring to freshman as "first-years" because freshman is sexist ;). Overall, I think it probably wasn't worth my time at this stage in the college admis ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Mar 15, 2012 Kim Heimbuch rated it it was amazing
For a parent who has a daughter starting college soon and another entering high school, this book was hilarious, refreshing, and a nice change of pace from all of the straight laced resources out there for college bound parents. This should be a must have book for all 9th grade parents.

Received from Goodreads to review.

Karen
Oct 01, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
This book is one of the funniest books I've ever read, and not only on college admission. The writer has a great sense of humor and lots of common sense. Read this book for fun, not a step-by-step how to guide. It'll relieve the stress of this difficult time of your life a bit...
Sue Mellgren
Mar 01, 2013 Sue Mellgren rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! Laughed and laughed and laughed! Any parent can see something of themselves in this book and it really helped me relax, knowing we all share this temporary insanity!
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Recommends it for: Any parent who thinks their kid is going to go college.
A very funny book about a very stressful topic. Something on every page made me laugh out loud.
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J.D. Rothman, a former instructor of remedial freshman composition, is an Emmy-winning children's television writer, producer and lyricist. While on an eight-state college tour with her older son, she started the anonymous NeuroticParent blog, which was excerpted in "I'm Going to College, Not You" (St. Martins Press, 2010) and eventually morphed into the LA Times bestseller "The Neurotic Parent's ...more
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