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In this expanded edition of a 2008 title, Carr, along with her three college-age daughters, Katharine, Ann, and Elizabeth, prepares parents for a student's first year at college by providing bulleted lists, checklists, and logs that would work better on a web site or as an appendix than in a full-length book. She does not direct readers to additional sources, and she often writes as though young adults are first graders, e.g., reminding parents that "students should...never eat anything that has mold on it." Some of the advice is questionable (e.g., help your child get a credit card before heading off to college). Additionally, topics veer outside of the scope of college preparation. Much of the information feels overly personal-not everyone, for instance, will care about the phone number for the local balloon delivery service-and some is already outdated. While Carr gives good advice here and there, she attempts to address everything and, ultimately, covers nothing in depth. Not recommended.
—Julianne J. Smith