A thorough yet concise guide to college admissions that covers a lot of familiar territory.




From the College Admissions Guides series

The intimidating process of applying to college is broken down into manageable chunks for students and parents in this relatively compact volume.

The editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review, which provides services to college applicants, tries to demystify topics from choosing your best fit college—in terms of academics and affordability—to navigating the bewildering worlds of standardized testing (whether, when, and which) and financial aid. The guide covers frequently asked questions about the best classes to take in high school, the importance of extracurriculars, how to navigate online applications, and more. Institutions named in the examples are overwhelmingly elite private schools and prestigious state universities, an unfortunately narrow focus. No mention is made of the increasingly popular option among upper-middle-class families of looking overseas for affordable alternatives. Despite glancing references to saving money by attending a local community college before transferring to a four-year institution, the overall assumption is that families will be able to afford to invest a lot of time and money in this process. Fortunately, guides like Loren Pope and Hilary Masell Oswald’s Colleges That Change Lives (Penguin, 2012), which focuses on liberal arts colleges, and Strive for Colleges’ I’m First! Guide to College (Strive for College Collaborative, 2018), for first-generation college students, help fill in some of these gaps.

A thorough yet concise guide to college admissions that covers a lot of familiar territory. (Nonfiction. 14-adult)

Pub Date: May 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-5853-0

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Princeton Review

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.


Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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