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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061257168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061257162
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former admissions officer at Dartmouth, Jager-Hyman decided to select five promising high school seniors and follow their progress through the college application process. She'd been concerned with what she calls fat envelope frenzy (fat envelope refers to the fact that acceptance brings many pages of info and forms to fill out, while rejection is just a single-page letter) and an obsession with accomplishment predicated on the myth that college admission is contingent solely on merit. On the contrary, Jager-Hyman says, colleges have many conflicting admissions objectives, making their policies confusing. Jager-Hyman then introduces the five high school students she's chosen to follow. Four of the five are incredible overachievers: in addition to nearly perfect grades and test scores, one's an Olympics-bound gymnast, one's a world-class pianist, one's a talented engineering student, and another's an Ethiopian-American math whiz. The fifth, a plucky Dominican-American, has lower scores and grades; her struggle for admission to the Ivies is more complicated, but potentially more instructive. Jager-Hyman follows all five through the emotional high points of the process—deciding where to apply, writing essays, going for interviews, awaiting the fat envelopes and then deciding which to accept. There are few surprises; all these talented students end up going to great schools. In the end, Jager-Hyman's book is padded with too many asides, and she offers little insider admissions advice. (Mar.)
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“[A]n engaging and informative book that every parent with a high-school student will want to read.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Jager-Hyman’s engaging stories of real students provide a much-needed reminder that the road taken may mean more than the destination, and---whatever the college-admission outcomes--there are many such roads to happiness and success.” (Sally Rubenstone, senior counselor, CollegeConfidential.com)

“Fat Envelope Frenzy will rivet all readers and make everyone who applies to an Ivy League college - whether they are accepted or not - feel infinitely better and infinitely wiser. Unmissable.” (Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The End of America)

More About the Author

JOIE JAGER-HYMAN, EdD, served as assistant director of admissions for Dartmouth College. After completing a doctorate in education policy at Harvard University, she founded college-planning consulting organization College Prep 360 (www.CollegePrep360.com) that does both for-profit and non-profit work. She is the author of Fat Envelope Frenzy, has appeared on CBS's The Early Show and NPR, and has contributed to Forbes and New York magazine. She lives with her husband and their son in Brooklyn, New York.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melvin JHM on March 14, 2008
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Joie Jager-Hyman's "Fat Envelope Frenzy" is both informative and interesting. In fact, I read the whole book in one day! The author does an excellent job of demystifying the college admissions process, which I must admit, has baffled me ever since I went through it myself years ago. However, what makes the book truly special are the engaging stories of the talented, dynamic students whom the author followed for a year. Ms. Jager-Hyman writes about these individuals with great respect and without reducing them to stereotypes. I definitely recommend this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Bloom on March 15, 2008
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Fat Envelope Frenzy is a wonderful, engaging, easy read. I kept tearing up as I read it - at the students essays, as they received their letters of acceptance and sadly for some, rejections. Aside from the personal stories of the 5 students, I also found myself learning a lot from the author's insider knowledge about college admissions and the history of the admission process. I thought I knew it all about the admissions process, but this book taught me a lot. A+
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kimberlee Auerbach on March 11, 2008
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Talented and empathetic author, Joie Jager-Hyman, explores the makings of five wonder kids, revealing the behind-the-scenes drama and pressure, exposing the humanity and normalcy of even the most extraordinary. You will root for each kid and want to give them a hug at the same time. Joie's writing is smart, incisive, engaging and fun. Fat Envelope Frenzy is like a great reality TV show without the exploitation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on March 11, 2008
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Jager-Hyman demystifies the admissions process by personalizing the experience. She shares the stories of five "promising students" as they navigate the highly competitive maze of getting into the "right school." A must read for any student, parent or professional who is or will be confronted with this challenge. Jager-Hyman's realistic assessment of the pressure that students and parents face and explanation of what can realistically be anticipated is important for everyone involved with this process to understand. Her positive outlook on the results and admiration for the individual is a wake up call to all who get trapped in the Frenzy.
A must read!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By agh on March 14, 2008
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I applaud this book. As a father of 3 high school kids, I have been witness to this "Frenzy" for a long time - after reading "Fat Envelope Frenzy" I felt validated in my belief that wherever my kids wind up it is where they are supposed to be and that they will be OK. I have always felt that the hype and pressure that the kids were feeling was too much for any 17 or 18 year old to have to deal with. I understand that it is a competitive world out there but reading the stories of these five great kids and seeing how they succeeded made me feel that I could relax a bit and keep it real for my own kids.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kate Torgovnick on March 12, 2008
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It's still shocking to me how hard it is to get into an ivy league school, so it's great to get a former college admission's officers take on thing. The author definitely demystified things--for instance I never knew that being wait-listed in all but the rarest cases means your out.

But the best thing about this book is the five kids who are followed during the year they are applying to college. One is the US champion in rhythmic gymnastics. Another spent his summers in China working in orphanages. Another is a math machine. And a fourth had his family home trashed in Hurricane Katrina. All such fascinating teenagers, with really moving stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abel Tasman on April 3, 2008
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As a tutor for college-age students, I think Ms. Jager-Hyman has captured the culture extremely well. On the one hand, these incredibly talented and driven students impress us with their accomplishments and maturity. On the other hand, they scare us with...their accomplishments and maturity. Ms. Jager-Hyman's book does an excellent job of introducing us to and bringing us along through this stressful year in the life of some of America's best and brightest, while along the way providing commentary from her years as an admissions officer at Dartmouth and an education PhD candidate at Harvard. It is rare to find someone who knows a field so well and yet can bring it to the public with such art and verve. It is a quick read, and a highly recommended one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By groupworker on May 11, 2008
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Fantastic book! This book is so well written and engaging. I felt like I really felt like I knew the students whose college application journeys were portrayed. I even cried when one of them had (his or her - don't want to give it away) dream come true. It was also beautiful to read how their views of what will make them happy in the end changed over their senior year. I hope to share this book with other parents whose children are applying to colleges. Although my own children are presently at (and also looking at)state colleges, it's such an honest and personal portayal of the pressures of senior year. I hope the author will write a follow-up to describe the pleasures and challenges of college.
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