Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy
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About the Author
Before she found the way to tell her own story in the memoir Notes on a Silencing, Lacy Crawford spent years helping other high schoolers tell theirs in her debut novel Early Decision, inspired by her work. For fifteen years, Crawford served as a highly discreet independent college admissions counselor to the children of powerful clients in cities such as New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. Her day jobs included serving as senior editor of Narrative magazine and director of the Burberry Foundation. Educated at Princeton and the University of Chicago, Crawford lives in California with her husband and two children.
"Overbearing moms and dads scheming to secure their kid a place at Harvard will find it more helpful than any nonfiction book on the market... everyone else can enjoy Early Decision for what it is: a sweetly sharp modern-day comedy of manners about the brutally competitive college-admissions ordeal."--Entertainment Weekly
"This entertaining tale of upper class parents and adolescent learning curves points a keen eye at the college application process... with the right support, those students find their way despite themselves. Sprinkled with tips for writers, essays in various forms of rewrite, and a very satisfying twist at the end."--Publishers Weekly
"Savvy...the hearts of the students beat a true, steady rhythm throughout the novel."--Booklist
"A book that should get some serious discussions going. Like other dramas, it's sometimes a comedy... an insider's view, projected not from the eyes but from the heart."--Ann Beattie
"By focusing on the essay-writing process, Crawford explores how we find our own stories--and suggests that a successful campaign depends on revision."--Chicago Tribune, Editor's Choice Book
"At times hilarious, at times soul-crushingly sad, and unfailingly astute and well-written, Early Decision will leave you super-satisfied."--Redbook.com, October Book of the Month
"Early Decision is part Gossip Girl, part Dead Poets Society, and entirely addictive! A brilliant, satirical peek at the families of privilege behind the Ivy Curtain, this book made me laugh out loud."--KEVIN KWAN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CRAZY RICH ASIANS.
"this novel about kids caught up in the admissions rat race is wise and completely engrossing."--People
How did we go from regular old college admissions to seven 'early action' applications and 11 personal essays? Former private college counselor Lacy Crawford, author of 'Early Decision, ' breaks down the craziness...--The Daily Beast