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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    Comme ci, comme ca

    Admissions had its funny moments - but the dialogue was a bit off and the characterization was not great. I wish Zoe ended up at the public school - it wouldn't have been as predictable. I hated the Phillip character - too mushy.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    satirical look at school admissions

    The competition is perhaps the fiercest on the planet making the oligopoly and the drug cartels look like teammates. Private school admissions must be turned in no later than the day after Labor Day, but the contest to get one¿s child into the exclusive kindergarten started nine months before the child is born. It never ends as parents must insure the proper schools lead to Ivy.--- Case in point is art historian Helen Drager, whose daughter Zoe graduates from The School at the end of the real fiscal year. Zoe must gain admission to the proper private high-school. Weeding down her list, Helen considers six schools. Her best friend Sara Nash, admissions officer at The School that Zoe currently attends; offers sage advice on navigating the shark filled waters; however she is a lightweight because The School matriarch Her Highness Queen Bee Pamela Rothchild runs everything and parents better bow on bended knee to her. With Helen¿s spouse Michael tied up working graveyard producing TV Cooking Network shows, Helen bravely goes to war alone as she courageously runs through the gauntlet of education for the well to do.--- Nancy Lieberman strikes a satirical cord especially in this election year in which both major candidates probably are products of such a system. Readers familiar with the Olympic level competitiveness will appreciate the wry irony while outsiders (i.e., public school left behind pack rats) will be amused by the antics that support the President¿s agenda of private charitable donations. Under the amusing seemingly alien system that produces our political leadership Nancy Lieberman slam dunks the myths of equality education with this wild look to gain entrance at the appropriate schools.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2004

    Funny but Unfocused

    Thoroughly enjoyed the humor and clever premise. Author hits the bulls-eye in her descriptions of the 'admissions' race to get celebrity-style children into the best educational institutions. Her world is vivid and precise. Only problem, the story was muddy and way too predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    A Thoroughly enjoyable read!

    I no longer live in NYC; I never had children; so I never had any inkling regarding the world of Private Schools. However, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The characters were believable for affluent New Yorkers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    Admissions Gets An A+

    Enter the very exclusive world of New York private schools and the desperate and often amusing machinations of the very wealthy parents who will do just about anything to assure their child's entry into one of the few coveted spots which open annually at these schools. Children in this world are often commodities, whose worth depends upon their pedigrees and stations in life. The child's wants and needs are secondary to what their parents' expectations for them are. Getting into the right kindergarten can make or break any hopes of making it into the Ivy Leagues down the line. How much money you donate to a particular school can determine your child's future. From birth, the activities of these elite children are micromanaged down to the second - in order to gain consideration at the right K-8 school your 5-year-old must already be proficient in dance, music, language and more just to keep up with the other applicants. As September dawns, Helen Drager is in a frenzy over daughter Zoe's future. Zoe has spent her formative years at The School, a very desirable private school where Helen has been an extremely proactive parent. Helen is an art critic who is happily married to Michael, a TV producer for the Food Network. Now that Zoe is in 8th grade, she must begin the admissions process for finding the right high school for her station in life. Helen truly loves her daughter and is trying very hard to hear what Zoe has to say about her own future even when it conflicts with Helen's own wishes and dreams for her. Sara Nash is the admissions director at The School. She is down to earth and she is also Helen's best friend. We become familiar with The School through both Sara's and Helen's eyes. Sara always tries to do what is right and cares deeply about the good of the school and the students. But Pamela Rothschild, the imperious and self-serving director of The School who over-inflates her influence and importance to everyone within earshot, thwarts her at almost every turn. She demands complete obedience from not only the students, but the parents of the students at The School. Most of the parents are only too happy to comply, out of fear that one wrong word from Pamela can destroy any hopes they have for a brilliant future for their offspring. We are taken inside this rarified world during the crucial September through February period of the admissions process at both The School and the prospective high schools for the graduating 8th graders. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Lieberman helps us get to know the other often neurotic parents and their children, the quirky admissions directors at these schools, and grants us an inside view of the lifestyles of the Rich and Frantic. This is a witty and enjoyable read and one that will make you sigh with relief that you have your own kids in public schools! Reviewed for Betsie's Literary Page

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    Posted November 13, 2008

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