Book Reviews

Book Review: Organizing From The Inside Out For Teenagers

Organizing from the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life (Paperback) By Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colon “So, you want to get organized…” I had to chuckle when I first read the big blurb at the top of the back page of this book: “America’s #1 ...

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College Admissions Book: Successful Essays

Paperback – 299 pages; Mentor Books 100 Successful College Application Essays has been around for a while. On the cover, under the two authors’ names is the additional phrase “With Members of the Staff of The Harvard Independent.” There’s that name again. I have to wonder if Mentor Books’ marketing department would have included that ...

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Book Review: A Is For Admission

A Is for Admission : The Insider’s Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges, by Michele A. Hernandez Paperback – 288 pages;  Warner Books This book caused quite a stir when it first came out in the late ’90s. Hernandez is a former Dartmouth College admissions officer. She then decided to ...

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Book Review: 10 Real SATs

10 Real SATs (2nd Edition), by The College Board Paperback – 681 pages (August 2000), published by The College Entrance Examination Board; ISBN: 0874476542 There’s an old song lyric that goes, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.” Well, if you’re planning to prepare to take the SAT I, you can get your hands on ...

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Book Review: The Official Preppy Handbook

The Official Preppy Handbook, edited by Lisa Birnbach Paperback – 224 pages (1980 – currently out of print, but used copies may be available on Amazon.com) Workman Publishing The subtitle reads: “Look, Muffy, a book for us.” I hesitated before commenting on The Official Preppy Handbook, but it is such a timeless cult classic that ...

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Book Review: Panicked Parents Guide To College Admissions

Panicked Parents’ Guide to College Admissions – Table of Contents Acknowledgment Introduction 1. All in the Family: Decisions and Dynamics How Involved Should Parents Be in the College Selection Process? Self-Assessment Survey for Parents Self-Assessment Survey for Students Pressure Points 2. Matchmaking, Matchmaking: Choosing the “Right” College “What Kind of School Am I?” How many ...

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Book Review: How to Survive and Thrive in College

Once Upon a Campus: Tantalizing Truths about College from People Who’ve Already Messed Up (Paperback) By Trent Anderson (Author), Seppy Basili (Author) “Don’t expect to recognize yourself four years from now…”‘ This little 4.5-inch high, 8.5-inch wide, 272-page Kaplan Publishing book gets rave reviews from those who have read it. It offers universal, timeless wisdom ...

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College Admissions Book Review: Admissions Confidential

Admissions Confidential : An Insiders Account of the Elite College Selection Process, by Rachel Toor, Textbook Binding – 288 pages, St Martins Pr (Trade) While we are preparing our full review of Admissions Confidential, here’s some information from our partner, Amazon.com. By the way, our site and this book are not related, despite the use ...

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Book Review: Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools You Should Know About Even If You’re Not a Straight-A Student (Revised Edition), by Loren Pope Paperback – 304 pages, Penguin USA This book has caused quite a stir among the Web’s college-discussion-group crowd. As the subtitle implies, it’s about a group of colleges that offer extraordinary educational value ...

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Book Review: On Writing The College Application Essay

On Writing the College Application Essay, by Harry Bauld Paperback – 138 pages, August 1987, published by Barnes & Noble This little college book is worth its weight in acceptance letters. It’s as fresh and pertinent today as it was back in 1987 when it first came out. Not many college books go through as ...

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