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Fat Envelope Frenzy

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Fat Envelope Frenzy

One Year, Five Promising Students, and the Pursuit of the Ivy League Prize

By Joie Jager-Hyman

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061257162, 231pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2008


A former Ivy League admissions officer, Joie Jager-Hyman follows five bright and eager high schoolers--students from diverse ethnic, social, and financial backgrounds--as they each put their best foot forward on the road they hope will lead them to the hallowed halls of Harvard University.

At once a remarkable true story of dedication, achievement, and heartbreak and a guide for success in an ultra-competitive environment, this important work deserves a place in the home of every family that has ever dreamed of receiving that coveted "fat envelope" in the mail. Jager-Hyman also offers a startlingly frank appraisal of the college admission process and the important roles race and class continue to play in a student's efforts to attend the best school possible.

Praise For Fat Envelope Frenzy

“[A]n engaging and informative book that every parent with a high-school student will want to read.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Jager-Hyman’s engaging stories of real students provide a much-needed reminder that the road taken may mean more than the destination, and---whatever the college-admission outcomes--there are many such roads to happiness and success.”
-Sally Rubenstone, senior counselor,

“Fat Envelope Frenzy will rivet all readers and make everyone who applies to an Ivy League college - whether they are accepted or not - feel infinitely better and infinitely wiser. Unmissable.”
-Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The End of America