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Admission Paperback – April 8, 2010
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Unfortunately, Portia is in a rut. She has been living with an English professor for sixteen years, and they have little of substance to say to one another these days. She has few friends and little contact with her sixty-eight year old mother, Susannah, a gregarious do-gooder who spends much of her time volunteering for a host of worthy causes. Unexpectedly, during her visit to the Quest School (whose mission is "to open doors, not close them") in rural New Hampshire, Portia meets a warm and compassionate teacher named John Halsey who remembers her from their days at Dartmouth, as well as Jeremiah Balakian, a seventeen-year-old autodidact who has terrible grades but is a zealous and voracious reader.Read more ›
Portia Nathan is an admissions officer at Princeton University who is assigned to the Northeast. Her duties include traveling to schools in her area to give presentations on Princeton to high school seniors. On her visit to one school, she encounters a man who remembers her from their days at Dartmouth. She doesn't remember him, but she ends up sleeping with him that evening. Portia's not sure why she did this because she's content enough in her domestic life - she's been living with her longtime boyfriend, Mark, an English professor at Princeton.
As she and Mark are traveling to see Portia's mother for the holidays, Mark tells her that he can't go on and she discovers that he has been having an affair and his other girlfriend is pregnant. He returns to Princeton and Portia continues on to her mother's alone. Upon arrival, Portia finds that her mother has taken in a pregnant seventeen year old and intends to help her raise the baby. All of this news throws Portia into a deep depression that leaves her barely able to function. Things from her past come back to haunt her and she has to deal with a secret from long ago that she'd like to forget.
Because Portia is such an aloof character, I found Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz a little slow at the beginning, but once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down. I found the details of the admission process at Ivy League colleges fascinating and found myself thankful that I went to college before U. S. News & World Report started their college rankings.Read more ›
Basically, the author of this book makes the reader work too hard to get to the meat of this tale. The book is bloated by long periods of introspection and memories. I found myself idly flipping page after page of long paragraphs without breaks, mostly periods of monotonous inner searching by the main character. The love story had so much potential, and it could have been amazing had the book itself been better paced and not broken up with so much inner searching and character monologing. The author is a great writer of fun, quirky, and realistic dialogue, but this book should have been edited down by about 200 pages. There are too many breaks between good scenes to try to build back story that could have been better told during a quick conversation between characters.
All in all, this book is just a chore to get through to try to find enjoyable parts. There are some funny moments, and I really wanted to like the characters and to care about their story. But the author made me work too hard to do it.
But even forgiving all that, my primary objection to this book by Jean Hanff Korelitz is the main character, Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer. She is totally unlikeable. Try as I might, I had no sympathy or empathy for her. She is shrill, irritating, judgmental, off-putting and strident and has basically no sense of humor.
And then everything changes.
For readers who stick with it, the plot and Portia suddenly wake up--but you'll have to wade through two-thirds of the book before you get there. It turns out there is a reason for her thoroughly dislikeable personality--a traumatic incident in her past that takes her until now to resolve. It's a lot of work for the reader for not much story.
On the other hand, if you are looking for information on how to get into the nation's most elite universities, look no further.
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It was good. I still would like to know more about how Portia resoled her feelings with her mother, son and friend.Published 5 days ago by Singapore
I almost didn't read it after seeing some of the reviews, but I was engaged from the beginning. I found the admissions process interesting and important to the development of the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by G. Dedman
This is a gem of a novel, full of disturbing insights about the process of Ivy League admissions. But that's not why you should read it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jennifer hanlon wilde
The beginning was so slow that I almost stopped reading. But I gave it a chance and with a change from prose to dialogue, I was intrigued. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Annie E.
This is a fascinating story about a woman admissions officer at Princeton. How Jean Korelitz learned so much about the college admission process, I don't know. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sarah T. Dowling