Acceptance (Book - Susan Coll) 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… Acceptance (Book - Susan Coll) 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… 2007-03-06 Fiction Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Review

Acceptance (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2007; Writer: Susan Coll; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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+

Originally posted Mar 02, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints