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Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Apr 19, 2009

really liked it
Recommended for: Pretty much everyone.

Loved/Terrified by this passage:

"She knew that they were soft-centered, emotional beings wrapped in a terrified carapace, that even though they might appear rational and collected on paper, so focused that you wanted to marvel at their promise and maturity, they were lurching, turbulent muddles of conflict in their three-dimensional lives [...:] She knew that the creative ones were desperately afraid they were talentless, and the intellectuals deeply suspected they weren't brilliant, and that every single one of them felt ugly and stupid and utterly fake."

Wow. She has it so right.

Really enjoyed this book - just finished it and am going back for more soon. Korelitz is a very strong writer with an excellent sense of plot and more importantly, plot movement. Pace can always be something that's either done very well or very badly and Korelitz does it very well. This book is hard to put down - on so many levels. As a Princeton student, it was fascinating to read about how I was selected (or at least a fictionalized representation of it). As a human, it was so easy to relate to the characters (perhaps not the mother so much). An excellent book, regardless of where you've come from (or where you're going).

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April 19, 2009 – Shelved
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June 17, 2009 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison Eek. Soft-centered is right.

Michelle I work at a university and she nailed it. There was another passage about how students sell themselves that blew me away. The writer is totally in tune with college students today.

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