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Schooled

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  1,810 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Welcome to Schooled, where even homework has a price. Ivy-League educated Anna Taggert believes that enriching the minds of America's youth is the greatest gift, and that landing a job at an elite Manhattan school is her lucky break. But when the grim reality of the private school hierarchy settles in, not to mention that of her meager compensation, Anna realizes that pass ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published 2008)
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Sue It was profane and ugly, but probably the truth as this woman writes about it. I was ready to quit reading after I got to the parts about her starting…moreIt was profane and ugly, but probably the truth as this woman writes about it. I was ready to quit reading after I got to the parts about her starting to tutor and the types of "children" she tutored. The author kept at it until she realized this is NOT how she wanted to "teach" her students! Thankfully she saw the light and stopped her "tutoring" and went back to teaching as it is meant to be. Eye-opening book and crude in places. (less)

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Stuart Nachbar
I come from a suburban public school education from a community that sprouted from horse farms and apple orchards into a seven to seven thousand person residential development mostly for transplanted New Yorkers. Private school was never a thought to my parents since I attended fairly new public schools.

Among my classmates who stayed in town from kindergarten through the 12th grade were some of the smartest people I know to this day. Our valedictorian went to Harvard, and we sent graduates to M
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Sarah
While the actual 'story' of this book is packed with cliche, repetition, and redundance, Lakhani has chosen some very serious, honest, and accurate subject matter. A few years back I read a similar novel (I think it was called 'The Ivy Chronicles') which was also a fictionalized version of a very real and disturbing Manhattan phenomenon -- parents who pay obscene amounts amounts of money so that their children can get into the *right* kindergarten. As a teacher in Manhattan myself, I am aware th ...more
Angela
I think it was partly the fear of running into this world that made me change my mind about becoming a teacher...

This is a solid book with a solid story, but absolutely no depth. There's nothing really specific I can pick out about what I disliked (except every interaction Anna had with her parents. I was supposed to believe she was a graduate from Columbia, but when she was with her parents it was like she was thrown back into middle school-complete with a melodramatic running away from home sc
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I read this after hearing lots and reading quite a few reviews about the book, so I am not entirely sure about my reactions - how much was my enjoyment and annoyance colored by these preset expectations? And how much of my secret pleasure and overt disgust came from my having known the author and has been working in the school that this fiction is supposed to be based on? So read on, those of you who are curious to know my opinions about the book, with caution and many grains of salt!

First, I wa
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Shannon
I couldn't put this book down! I was totally sucked in and could not believe what the characters went through just to get a buck. It is true that there is a price for everything, even if you don't believe you would ever stoop that low!
I recommend this book to anyone, especially teachers, who I think would really relate to this book.
Shasta
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Sandra
Sep 05, 2008 Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents,teachers,tutors,students,everyone
Just in time for the new school year, a novel that will interest teachers, parents, tutors, and anyone interested in who is really doing the homework sent home by teachers today. It's an eye opener. Darkly humourous, SCHOOLED was written by a former English teacher in Manhattan.
The story follows Anna Taggert's first year of teaching private middle school children and the shock of discovery about rich kids and the tutors who write their homework assignments for them. An enthusiastic new Ivy Leag
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Tara
LOVED this book! A must read for any teacher who has ever taught in a private school or who tutors (both for me, probably why I loved it so much). Lakhani has the ability to echo the feelings so many new & young teachers have, likely because she is a teacher herself. She writes so fluidly one can hardly bare to put the book down! I read this in record time, excited about every twist and turn that our protagonist encounters. However, as is the problem with too many novels, I was slightly disa ...more
Krysia
Sep 16, 2008 Krysia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with time for fluff
Recommended to Krysia by: some review somewhere
Shelves: fiction, abandon-ship
I decided not to finish this book since I have read similar books before and I have a ton of books with which I would rather spend my time. After reading the first few chapters, I found that I have very little sympathy for the main character and rich helicopter parents and their offspring. As a former educator, I wonder about the ethics of the author and others like her who apparently "tutor" students for ridiculous amounts of money which they spend on Manolos and designer handbags. Whatever hap ...more
Michelle
Everyone close to Anna seems to think it's a bad idea for her to become a teacher. Her parents and best friend all warn her that she won't do well on a teacher's salary. Teaching is her dream and Anna wants to get her students excited about learning. She thinks she'll be the cool teacher, someone who can both teach and be loved by her students as well.

She goes to work at a very prestigious Upper East Side school. She learns very quickly that any time she asks the students to do any real work at
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Kathleen
The simple storyline of this book is as follows: a recent Columbia graduate, Anna Taggert is passionate about teaching despite her parents’ protests about it being a waste of her Ivy League degree. She finds herself lucky to receive a position at a Manhattan Upper East Side private school, but soon discovers it’s nothing like she expected.

First of all, she lives in what she considers poverty. Then the administration comes down hard on her when she starts teaching “real” lessons, saying that she’
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Geoff
Schooled is another mis-adventure with the uber-rich in the upper east side of New York. Reading a lot like The Nanny Diaries: A Novel meets The Devil Wears Prada, Schooled follows the first year of a new private school teacher as she becomes indoctrinated into the world of the obscenely rich and influential. Anisha Lakhani writing is extremely readable and her main character, Anna Taggert, is very likable. Even when Anna missteps you root for her.

Unfortunately Anna's character arch is extremely
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M
For honesty's sake, this is really worth two stars considering a severe lack of subtlety in the writing as well as unwelcome hyperbole. But the premise was so close to my heart, and Lakhani really nailed it, that I would even give this four stars if my integrity weren't at stake.
As someone who teaches English, and has taught in snooty private schools, and has often seen the ugly side of pleasing parents and their children and their principals which generally means pretending to teach but not wor
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Emily
Jun 07, 2008 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Nanny Diaries, smart chic lit, those in search of a good beach read
Schooled is like The Nanny Diaries, except that it's about a tutor for Manhattan's uber-wealthy instead of a nanny for Manhattan's uber-wealthy, and that's a compliment. Schooled has the same light, breezy style, as though the story is being related to you by your best girlfriend. One of my favorite things about the book is that Anna never has a love interest- all the drama, all the tough decisions, all the highs and lows come from Anna's relationships with her family, her best friend, her fello ...more
Kristy
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Marilyn
Truly a lousy book. Where's a negative rating when you need one? The young teacher morphed from idealistic to mercenary to "teacher extraordinaire" in one short first year of teaching. I only kept reading because it was set in Manhattan society for which I have a morbid curiosity. NOBODY was likeable. Shallow shallow shallow. I'm hoping all tutors aren't writing kids' papers for astronomical amounts of cash.. I ended up speedreading it in about 30 minutes just to see if anyone redeemed themselve ...more
Karen
Nanny Diaries, Shopaholic, Devil Wears Prada...this is that kind of Upper East Side of Manhattan fun read. If you ever wondered how the Gossip Girls made it through school, it's all here.
Anna Taggart is a recent graduate of Columbia who has landed what she thought was a plum job at a private school in Manhattan. She comes prepared for the first day with carefully-crafted lesson plans, but instead spends the day listening to the students' concerns about their after-school activities and busy s
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Carol
Loved this book and a quick read, too. For anyone who is or has been a teacher or tutor, so many truths on so many levels and all with wry wit and much humor. And, yes, those moms on Manhattan's upper East Side ARE really like that! You find some in New Jersey, too!
Jack

This may never win the Booker, but for a former teacher of English, it was full of lovely reasons to celebrate the word "former".

Unless you're really keen on books about teachers, high school, or really rich people - probably best skipped.
Kristin
Jun 16, 2011 Kristin marked it as cantfinish  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure I've read this before, but it was called something else. I can no longer enjoy books about bratty children and heir bratty teachers. Perhaps this is what impending motherhood does to you? I mean, really, who cares?
Jana
This NY society scares the shit out of me, and this book was disappointing, because it was apparent that the author is not eloquent and imaginative enough to lie creatively (write fiction creatively?) about Manhattan education.
Mariel
I loved this book. I found it fascinating how far the main character would go to keep the life that she so desperately wanted to maintain. Also, it was cool to think about how the rich few might spend their funds.
Amanda
A fun, light end of summer read. As a teacher I enjoy looking into the lives of other teachers and I wish more teachers and former teachers would write fictionally about their experiences.
T
A total trash read, but I enjoyed it.
(Also, what is it about rich Manhattanites that inspires such hatred?)
Andi
Couldn't finish! This book was stuffed with so many wretched characters, I absolutely could not finish it.
Jen
I don't like to not finish a book I start, but I just can't get through this book. It's horrible.
Katie
Only read about 100 pages and then lost interest. Too predictable.
Carmen
First off, what really got me interested in this book was its title and cover. I was really curious as to how a shopping bag with the word "Schooled" on it could possibly be a book about teaching. But after reading the summary, I was hooked for sure. I am an undergrad student, currently in the Faculty of Education, and to read a book about an interesting private school education, it was truly inspiring and invoked a lot of questions I have for myself now.
I have to say though, that I generally do
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Becca
Like a lightweight Nanny Diaries, Schooled is a playful picture of the Upper East Side private school world. According to the notes, the author has experience teaching at Dalton, one of NYC's top private prep schools. This makes her a relatively reliable font of material.

However, I frequently found myself doubting that the students and the world in which she inhabits actually exists. Surely not EVERY student in seventh grade is irascible, surely not every parent expects their tutors to complete
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Karrie
I really like this book. It's an easy read. It's about a teacher who works for a private school in New York City. She finds out that the kids that go there all have personal tutors who basically do their homework for them. This teacher gets pulled into the rich benefits of being a tutor and starts doing it as a side job. The reason I bought the book is because I heard the author talking about it in an interview and it's based on her true life story. It just makes me wonder how much of the story ...more
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