Tim Stack
March 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Acceptance (Book - Susan Coll)

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Susan Coll
publisher
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

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+

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