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The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, Hot-housing & Micromanaging Paperback – February 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Books (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780983459415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983459415
  • ASIN: 098345941X
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Laugh-out-loud funny... this book is going to be a huge success!"
-- Teen Vogue



"It's hilarious!"
-- Madeleine Brand, KPCC/NPR

Witty insight into the admissions process....Smartly satirical, providing hilarious solutions to real problems....Filled with various charts and diagrams that will get your children into Harvard (after deferment, of course). Altogether..a smart, wry look at the process.
--St. Louis Magazine

"Made us laugh out loud... Rothman is an acute observer of the road to the fat envelope."
-- Admission Now



"Playful... quirky... belly-busting... full of funny statistics and oddities."
-- National Association of College Admissions Counselors


"If you need a good laugh at how crazy the college admissions process has become, this is a book for you. Rothman, a television comedy writer, subtly weaves good advice about encouraging students to strike a healthy balance, find their passion and communicate that to colleges." -- Charlotte Observer

About the Author

J.D. Rothman: J.D. (Judy) Rothman is an Emmy-winning screenwriter and lyricist specializing in comedy and children's programming. She coped with the stress of her son's college-application process by becoming the blogger The Neurotic Parent, which later inspired the book. She also contributed to I'm Going to College, Not You (St. Martin's).


More About the Author

J.D. Rothman, a former instructor of remedial freshman composition, is an Emmy-winning children's television writer, producer and lyricist. While on an eight-state college tour with her older son, she started the formerly anonymous NeuroticParent blog, which was excerpted in "I'm Going to College, Not You" (St. Martins Press, 2010). Rothman grew up in Brooklyn, and resided in several Latin American countries before settling in Santa Monica, where she and her husband, a bassist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, live in their emptying nest.

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Not just for neurotic parents, this is a great read for the college bound student as well.
saf
If you are a prospective college parent, or know one, this will bring some levity into the college admission process, which is way too overwrought and nerve wracking.
Monagal
You will laugh and maybe even cry over this satirical look at the college admissions experience.
holleygolitely

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By holleygolitely on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
You will laugh and maybe even cry over this satirical look at the college admissions experience. J.D. Rothman's funny anecdotes, snarky observations and insanely neurotic fears about her son's slim chances of ever getting into college made me realize that I too am a card-carrying member of the Neurotic Parent Institute. I just finished going through the college tours, SATs, applications and waiting for rejections/acceptances with my daughter, and reading this book gave me just the laugh I needed!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By saf on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
A very funny book about a not very funny experience. This books is just what the doctor ordered: a good laugh, (along with a few great college acceptance letters), makes you forget how bad the "labor" really was.

Not just for neurotic parents, this is a great read for the college bound student as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Modadunn on March 20, 2012
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If you've ever had a child go through the college admissions process or ever hope to survive it, you must read this book.*

My review is simple. "The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions" should be required reading for every parent out there who has any dreams of their children attending college, even if you've already been thru it before! I only wish I'd had this little gem on my nightstand long ago for constant referral. In reading this book, I've laughed, I've cried and I've realized that I've failed my children miserably on just about every level!

Incredibly funny and chalk full of sarcasm, wit and a wealth of worthy information, The Neurotic Parent's Guide shares what every parent should know about the college search AND their role in their children's lives. It takes to task the ridiculousness of the college admissions process and offers us a good laugh at some of what may never change, but has no rhyme or reason that allows mere mortals to understand. I LOVE this book.. and am incredibly jealous of its sure fire success.

*For those who believe that college admissions is no joking matter, I understand. And is why it's even more important for you to read this book! Seriously. Go. Buy. Now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
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For a parent who has a daughter starting college soon and another entering high school, this book was hilarious, refreshing, and a nice change of pace from all of the straight laced resources out there for college bound parents. Absolutely hilarious to know others out there can think the same way I do about college processes. This should be a must have book for all 9th grade parents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LAURA RESNICK CHAVEZ on March 18, 2012
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My kids are all graduated from college but I found this book hilarious and a wonderful satire on a niche of society that only can be found in New York and L.A. Okay, Dallas, Greenwich, Boston, Houston, Philidelphia, D.C., and just about anywhere U.S.A. have their share of "neurotic parents" whose lives are ridiculously focused on getting their kids in Ivy League colleges from time of conception. A great read for just about anyone who likes original humor.

Retired I.T. Executive/ Author
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Bates on March 9, 2012
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This book does for the college-admissions craziness what the Official Preppy Handbook did for preps back in the day. It's based in reality but ramps it up to a hilariously funny level, pointing out how insane things have gotten in this Common App area. I laughed out loud many many times.... I think my favorite is the section called "50 Insane Reasons Why Kids Don't Like Colleges"-- things like ugly footwear on the tour guide, too many Harry Potter references, and tour guide looking too much like a sibling. If you've been through the college-app thing in the last decade, or will be going through it in the coming years, you'll get a huge kick out of this book.

I'm biased because I'm the publisher-- but the reason I'm the publisher is that I've been through this twice with my own kids, and I found Rothman so hilarious that I HAD to publish her book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
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A wonderful and extremely witty book. I immediately sent copies to everyone I know who is dealing with the application process. As my daughter is a recent graduate of Wesleyan we were intrigued to hear about its new popularity. Thanks to the author for putting all the angst into perspective. Strongly recommend for anyone who has ever dealt with the college experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Stangl on March 26, 2012
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I don't even have children, and I found this book hilarious. I have been around enough neurotic parent friends of mine to know that the college admissions process has gotten WAY out of control, and it's fun to see someone poking fun at the often painful experience.
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