Early Decision - Lacy Crawford

Early Decision

By Lacy Crawford

  • Release Date - Published: 2013-08-27
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Author: Lacy Crawford
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 51 Ratings)

Early Decision Lacy Crawford read online review & book description:

“...part Gossip Girl, part Dead Poets Society, and entirely addictive! A brilliant, satirical peek at the families of privilege behind the Ivy Curtain, this book made me laugh out loud.” —Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy

In the decades before she was able to tell her own story, Lacy Crawford (author of Notes on a Silencing) worked with high school seniors trying to learn to tell theirs in the 15 years she spent as a highly sought-after private college counselor. The college essay could be a terribly nerve-wracking assignment—or, as Crawford saw it, an opportunity for a young person to set their sights on a future of their own—as Crawford illuminates in her debut novel Early Decision.

Working one-on-one with helicopter parents and burned-out kids, Anne “the application whisperer” can make Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford a reality—assuming, of course, that’s what a student wants. Early Decision follows five students over one autumn as Anne helps them craft their essays, cram for the SATs, and perfect the Common Application, though their larger task might be balancing their parents’ hopes against their own developing dreams.

It seems their entire future is on the line—and it is. Though not because of the Ivy League. It’s because the process, warped as it is by money, connections, competition, and parental mania, threatens to crush their independence just as adulthood begins. 

With wit and heart, Early Decision sends up the secrets of the college admissions race and celebrates the adolescents forced to run its gauntlet.

“I nearly cried with laughter over how true to my experience this book is. Lacy Crawford is spot-on in her portrayal of the anxiety, hilarity, and pathos inherent to the college application process.” —Anonymous, SAT Tutor, Veritas

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Posted Reviews

  • Disappointing

    By DaKoda1
    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like it would be funny, informative and entertaining. In truth it is none of the above. This is less of a book about kids trying to get in to stellar schools and more about the author's own insecurities and neuroses. Too bad. There's obviously talent there. It's just obscured with the author's need to impress readers with how brilliant she is - as she references her own ivy- league education on practically every page; exhausting and totally lacks focus.
  • Fabulous read!

    By Lili in Chatt
    Early Decision is a wonderful, entertaining read.
  • Fun, fast read

    By Grammercy8
    Did not expect such a great novel from a first time author, but this is a really fun, fast read. Very funny, thoughtful, and at times salacious. Love the way so much is revealed about the characters through their essays. There is some great advice in here for parents and high schoolers applying to college, but ultimately what is so compelling is the fresh take on the power dynamic that arises between parents and children at the dawn of adulthood. And the run-down of the elite universities is hysterical and spot on.

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