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Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Jul 27, 2010

did not like it

** spoiler alert ** I really, really hated this book. I picked it up because I too worked in admissions. However, though I took my job seriously, I was never as pretentious, obsessed,or as tedious as the main character in this book, who works for Princeton Admissions. The main character is simultaneously stupid (she doesn't understand a fairly simple philosophical essay one of the applicants "writes"), self-absorbed (really, does everybody at parties truly DESPERATELY want to know the teeny minute details of your job),and boring (she has NO personality, the whole character is a) works in Admissions and b) sleeps with some dudes). A job is not a shorthand for actually developing a character. I don't know if she's funny or not (thinking not). I don't know what she likes to do. What she eats. If you could get her to SHUT UP ABOUT HER JOB if she'd have anything else to talk about. I do NOT BLAME (spoiler) her live in boyfriend for dumping her. At the top of each chapter is an excerpt, presumably from an applicant. No comment is given on these, but it seemed as though one snippet was given for us to snicker at the kid who thought it was a good idea to write about her recent IBS diagnosis and how she was dealing with it. I get it, bowels are gross and we don't talk about them. But IBS can be a debilitating disease, with excruciating pain, radically revising one's diet, and um, social stigma, and it is NOT FUNNY. The end of the book reveals a "secret" of the character (also tedious and lame) and then the main character loses her job. Of course the book ends, because THERE IS NOTHING TO THE CHARACTER but her job. Thank goodness the people I worked with at Admissions were actually nothing like this woman. If the people who work at Princeton Admissions are? Go to Yale. Harvard. Hell, go to community college. Just don't deal with them.
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Maggie Agreed!

Stephanie Yeah, I couldn't finish it. I agree 100% that this character is nothing but a job.

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