Getting In: A Novel

Getting In: A Novel

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by Karen Stabiner
     
 

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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 obsession: acceptance at a top college, preferably one that makes…  See more details below

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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 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.

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?"
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:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
954,981
File size:
492 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

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."
Carolyn See
"Getting In takes an edgy, knowing look inside the lives and minds of love-crazed parents-galvanized equally by desperation and devotion-as they try with all their might to thrust their cherished children into the universities of their dreams."--(Carolyn See, Making a Literary Life)
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. What do you mean, this is fiction?"--(Lisa Belkin, New York Times parenting writer [and hardy survivor of her son's college application process])

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Meet the Author

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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Getting In 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Daryl_Luger More than 1 year ago
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.
AvidReader330 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon the arrival of a new baby, parents may begin to sock some money away in a college fund for 18 years in the future. With Harvard's cost for 2010-2011 estimated (on their own website) to be $50,724 for tuition, room, board, and fees, parents are going to need a lot of socks! Getting In is a fictional story (but very true at many high schools) of students, parents, and guidance counselors working around the clock to gain admittance to competitive colleges. The sad reality is that one blown test can lower a GPA a few hundredths of a percentage point to prevent admission. Stabiner excels at giving the reader a glimpse into the brutal process, from questioning the taking of a non-weighted art class to being a valedictorian that only got on Harvard's waitlist. Stabiner clearly shows us that being a private school guidance counselor has to be one of the most stressful jobs in the world. This book is very enjoyable, a quick read, and unfortunately, quite true. If you are the parent of a high school student, it will probably scare you to death. MY RATING - 4 To see my rating scale and other reviews, please check out my blog: http://www.1776books.blogspot.com
Birdie23 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
highschoollover More than 1 year ago
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.
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tweezle More than 1 year ago
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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bookfan88 More than 1 year ago
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.