By Karen Stabiner
(Hyperion, Paperback, 9781401322465, 416pp.)
Publication Date: March 2010
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Q: What does a parent need to survive the college application process? A. A sense of humor.
B. A therapist on 24-hour call.
C. A large bank balance.
D. All of the above. Getting In is the roller-coaster story of five very different Los Angeles families united by a single obsession: acceptance at a top college, preferably one that makes their friends and neighbors green with envy. At an elite private school and a nearby public school, families devote themselves to getting their seniors into the perfect school--even if the odds are stacked against them, even if they can't afford the $50,000 annual price tag, even if the effort requires a level of deceit, and even if the object of all this attention wants to go somewhere else. Getting In is a delightfully smart comedy of class and entitlement, of love and ambition, set in a world where a fat envelope from a top school matters more than anything . . . almost.
Karen Stabiner, the author of seven books, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times Opinion section and many other major publications. Her response to the hype about troubled teenage girls, My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training, was a finalist for the 2005 Books for a Better Life award. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband; their daughter, Sarah, left for college in the fall of 2007.
"An edgy, knowing look inside the lives of love-crazed parents, as they try to thrust their cherished children into the universities of their dreams."—Carolyn See
"Karen Stabiner has clearly been through the crazy circus that is college admissions, and lucky for the rest of us she took pitch-perfect notes. You will come away from her book reassured that all the other families of applicants are even loonier than yours -- or reassured that you fit right in. And you'll pick up some pretty nifty tips about how to play the game. What do you mean, this is fiction?"—Lisa Belkin, New York Times parenting writer (and hardy survivor of her son's college application process)
"Karen Stabiner's Getting In [is] humorous (in a wry kind of way) but pointed and surprisingly engaging novel about parental and teen obsessiveness regarding the college application process in independent schools and the debilitating, distorting impact of it on kids and families. Must read for college-prep kids and their parents."—Patrick Basset, President, National Association of Independent Schools
"A savvy insider's take on a high-stakes, cutthroat campaign--except it's not about getting into the White House, but about getting into the perfect college. Stabiner's sharp, witty tale is as essential as a good SAT prep course--but a hell of a lot more fun."—Arianna Huffington
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