Acceptance, Susan Coll’s darkly comic novel, details the pressure surrounding the college application process in a Washington, D.C., suburb. Following parents, teens, and university staff, Coll puts an Election-like spin on this highly competitive milieu: The teens are all way more mature than their adult counterparts. The standout is Taylor Rockefeller, a mail-stealing, self-mutilating senior saddled with a snobby, racist mother (at one point, she whines, ”There should be affirmative action for disadvantaged Rockefellers”). The characterizations can be a bit cartoonish and simplistic, but Acceptance still bristles with enough wit and ambition to earn honors. B+
Acceptance (Book - Susan Coll) Acceptance, Susan Coll's darkly comic novel, details the pressure surrounding the college application process in a Washington, D.C.,...Acceptance (Book - Susan Coll)FictionSusan Coll Acceptance, Susan Coll's darkly comic novel, details the pressure surrounding the college application process in a Washington, D.C.,...2007-03-02Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Genre: Fiction; Author: Susan Coll; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Posted March 2 2007 — 12:00 AM EST
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