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The S.M.A.R.T. Sista's Guide to College by Kania Kennedy
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Apr 21, 2011

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bookshelves: african-american-interest, chicago-interest, nonfiction-youth, the-bog-of-eternal-stench, ya
Read from April 21 to 27, 2011

While the idea behind this book was quite practical and based in providing an honest look at college life for young women headed towards their first year, it amounted to a shoddy product in pretty packaging. The great cover art and appealing list of contents was not adequately backed up by the work.

Some of the advice given was great. How to organize your class assignments to keep track of them, how to ask professors for extra help, and even how to talk to a messy roommate. The chapters about being active on campus and staying safe at night were good as well. Topics also included joining sororities and dating responsibly. The writing style lends itself more to a big sister cluing you in to how college works, and in that vein alone, would be appealing to teens.

There were a few issues with execution however. Run-on sentences, strange font combinations and "testimonials" that seemed to come out of nowhere in shadow-boxes were annoying and frustrating. The attempt to throw in the "S.M.A.R.T." catchphrase was also done at odd times and without good focus.

Upon a second read, I was far more impressed with the idea of the book than the actual product, which could have benefited greatly from a bit more editing and attention to detail. In all, it is a great starting point perhaps, in terms of topics and scope, though not the must-have accessory I was hoping for.

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Reading Progress

04/27/2011 page 49
64.0% "Umm, did anyone actually EDIT this book? Typos and Strange Fonts and Run-on's, oh my!"

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