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Getting In: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Q: What does a parent need to survive the college application process?

A. A sense of humor.
B. A therapist on 24-hour call.
C. A large bank balance.
D. All of the above.

Getting In is the roller-coaster story of five very different Los Angeles families united by a single...
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Getting In: A Novel

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Overview

Q: What does a parent need to survive the college application process?

A. A sense of humor.
B. A therapist on 24-hour call.
C. A large bank balance.
D. All of the above.

Getting In is the roller-coaster story of five very different Los Angeles families united by a single obsession: acceptance at a top college, preferably one that makes their friends and neighbors green with envy. At an elite private school and a nearby public school, families devote themselves to getting their seniors into the perfect school--even if the odds are stacked against them, even if they can't afford the $50,000 annual price tag, even if the effort requires a level of deceit, and even if the object of all this attention wants to go somewhere else.

Getting In is a delightfully smart comedy of class and entitlement, of love and ambition, set in a world where a fat envelope from a top school matters more than anything . . . almost.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stabiner (The Empty Nest), known for her books on parenting, has written a novel about five families with children applying to college that’s as arduous and tedious as the actual application process. The Harvard legacy fourth-generation child who secretly wants to be an architect and ditch applying to the top school, the girl whose B+ has damned her to look just below the Ivies, and the financially struggling immigrants’ daughter with a perfect SAT score whose sights are set on Harvard and nowhere else are among the teens and their overzealous parents fully focused on the prize or confused about their future in Stabiner’s stuffy and boring study. There is no real desire to care for these characters and too much time spent setting the scene, thereby blurring the focus of the story. Getting into college may have its challenges, but reading this book is one test best left undone. (Mar.)
Patrick Basset
Karen Stabiner's GETTING IN [is] humorous (in a wry kind of way) but pointed and surprisingly engaging novel about parental and teen obsessiveness regarding the college application process in independent schools and the debilitating, distorting impact of it on kids and families. Must read for college-prep kids and their parents. (Patrick Basset, President, National Association of Independent Schools)
Carolyn See
"An edgy, knowing look inside the lives of love-crazed parents, as they try to thrust their cherished children into the universities of their dreams."
Lisa Belkin
"Karen Stabiner has clearly been through the crazy circus that is college admissions, and lucky for the rest of us she took pitch-perfect notes. You will come away from her book reassured that all the other families of applicants are even loonier than yours -- or reassured that you fit right in. And you'll pick up some pretty nifty tips about how to play the game. What do you mean, this is fiction?"
Patrick Basset
"Karen Stabiner's Getting In [is] humorous (in a wry kind of way) but pointed and surprisingly engaging novel about parental and teen obsessiveness regarding the college application process in independent schools and the debilitating, distorting impact of it on kids and families. Must read for college-prep kids and their parents."
Arianna Huffington
"A savvy insider's take on a high-stakes, cutthroat campaign--except it's not about getting into the White House, but about getting into the perfect college. Stabiner's sharp, witty tale is as essential as a good SAT prep course--but a hell of a lot more fun."
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"An edgy, knowing look inside the lives of love-crazed parents, as they try to thrust their cherished children into the universities of their dreams."—Carolyn See

"Karen Stabiner has clearly been through the crazy circus that is college admissions, and lucky for the rest of us she took pitch-perfect notes. You will come away from her book reassured that all the other families of applicants are even loonier than yours — or reassured that you fit right in. And you'll pick up some pretty nifty tips about how to play the game. What do you mean, this is fiction?"—Lisa Belkin, New York Times parenting writer (and hardy survivor of her son's college application process)

"Karen Stabiner's Getting In [is] humorous (in a wry kind of way) but pointed and surprisingly engaging novel about parental and teen obsessiveness regarding the college application process in independent schools and the debilitating, distorting impact of it on kids and families. Must read for college-prep kids and their parents."—Patrick Basset, President, National Association of Independent Schools

"A savvy insider's take on a high-stakes, cutthroat campaign—except it's not about getting into the White House, but about getting into the perfect college. Stabiner's sharp, witty tale is as essential as a good SAT prep course—but a hell of a lot more fun."—Arianna Huffington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401395032
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,300,245
  • File size: 481 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Stabiner
Karen Stabiner, the author of seven books, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times Opinion section and many other major publications. Her response to the hype about troubled teenage girls, My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training, was a finalist for the 2005 Books for a Better Life award. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband; their daughter, Sarah, left for college in the fall of 2007.
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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    At some point, everyone will need this book

    When you're in the middle of it there's nothing funny about applying to college, but maybe we'd be better off if there were. . .which is exactly why this novel should be required reading along with all the college guide books. Admissions are still a nightmare, but at least in GETTING IN, it's a nightmare with attitude.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    A must-read for those familiar with private school admissions

    Karen Stabiner infuses her well-researched work with an entertaining brand of wit and intelligence. Getting In is for anyone who has ever struggled through the admissions process for a private school.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    Hilarious and heart warming

    Getting In is fabulous and wickedly funny. Everyone who has gone through this process will surely take some comfort in knowing that it wasn't just you and your friends: applying to college is bizarre and stressful for everyone. The characters in the novel are so colourful, I found myself tearing through the book just as anxious as these families are to see who gets in where.

    For students and parents alike, this book is a joy to read and makes a terrific gift for anyone heading into or just coming out of the tumultuous year of college applications.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Great comedy of ill-manners

    This is the book for every parent whose child is going to apply to college, and for every parent who has lived through the process. At once funny, insightful and sobering, GETTING IN is a comedy of ill-manners, as parents go off the deep end. I wish I could have read this book before our child filled out all those apps: GETTING IN is a masterful recounting of a year in the life of college applicants and their families.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Funny and Memorable

    Stabiner's humorous take on the angst that besets both student and parent as they struggle through the process of Getting In to college will make you laugh as you recall similar struggles-your own or those of your kids. From those pesky SAT's and college counselors to the cliques and dramas of high school life, Stabiner weaves a terrific story (with some well-turned phrases) for a book well worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    So Realistic It's Scary!

    With one child that just entered college and another starting the process, this book was very easy to identify with. It was a fun and quirky read that I really enjoyed. No, my children aren't going to the elite private colleges, and this makes me appreciate how little I had to deal with through the process we did go through. (Man, and I thought that was bad!)

    Getting In is a great book for anyone that has children looking at going to college, starting the process, are in, or have graduated. It's a book that will have you laughing and shaking your head, and really enjoying what you did and didn't have to go through. For those that don't have to worry about facing the college woes, make sure to pick this up so you can appreciate what you missed!! This is a great read for every adult.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Boring Cliches

    There is absolutely no reason to read this book. Why would a mother who has just gone through the college application process want to relive it. Please a 17 year old that wants botox. I suspect the author is justifying the rejections her daughter experienced.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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