Springer (associate chancellor, Univ. of California, Davis) and freelance writer Franck have produced an honest, detailed account of the increasingly competitive admissions process at selective colleges and universities. Teens and their parents will gain a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process, from researching schools, to applying, to accepting an offer of admission. Especially notable are the extensive critique of college rankings and a thought-provoking epilog by a former dean of admissions. Although the writing is at times tedious and the information a bit overwhelming, the many quotes from applicants, parents, counselors, and admissions officers help bring the text to life. What results is a calm, rational perspective on this chaotic and often overly competitive process. Parents will especially appreciate the tips for helping their teens with the practical and emotional components of applying to colleges. Unfortunately, this volume focuses on only selective schools (i.e., those accepting less than half of their applicants), so it will not be useful for all families. Recommended for large public libraries and those with strong college sections.-Erica L. Foley, Flint P.L., MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.