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Author Biography: Joyce Slayton Mitchell has counseled students on their college choices at high schools in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. She writes a college column for the Hardwick Gazette in northeastern Vermont and is on the editorial board of the College Board Review and the advisory panel of the U.S. News and World Report College Guide. Mitchell lives and works in New York City.
Posted August 4, 2003
After I read this book, all I can think of is: 'What a disappointment!' The title of the book seems very attractive and the blurbs on the back cover and in the front inside pages are convincingly laudatory because the praises were all from top college deans of admissions. However, I was really misled by these blurbs. This book turned out to be astoundingly mediocre. Not worth the money and the reading time. The contents were so rudimentary, generic, and general that I doubt any serious reader who really wants to go to top universities would benefit much. There are no data or specific strategies other than the most elementary and commonsensical. There are tons of other good books around that make this book read even more mediocre. Readers would be much better off reading books by Michelle A. Hernandez, Howard Green, Chuck Hughes, and Katherine Cohen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2003
This book was pretty much my introduction to the college admissions process. I finished it in an afternoon, and learned virtually nothing. It's all fluff you can pick up from a standard issue high-school guidance counselor for free.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2001
As a college counselor I can't help but be impressed with the deans of admissions who endorsed this easy to read, even funny at times, truth of admissions. JSM certainly tells it like she sees it. Kids and their parents will learn a lot, and open their minds with this book. Rob Keppler, Lexington, MAWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.