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Not written for target audience
on March 9, 2011
I'm quite disappointed. The concept is great, and a book such as this is definitely needed. However, I believe this book to be written by intellectual elites FOR intellectual elites. According to the title, the book's target audience is teenagers who have not yet attended college - it seems many of the authors forgot about the target audience and wrote to each other as if writing to impress dissertation committees. Seriously, this is fine academic writing. I enjoyed it immensely, but I already earned my college degrees. I wasn't the intended audience for this book.
The average teenager will have to visit the dictionary so often as to be discouraged, and will not be familiar with many of the references used within the essays. I believe the average teenager, prior to college, will find the grandiose sentences to be snooty - and will not want to read these essays voluntarily. I believe that if I hand this to my daughter on her way to college, she will roll her eyes halfway through the first essay, put the book down, and never touch it again. So, I'll distill the information for her, choose only a few of the essays for her to read initially, and then give her the book after she's been in college for some time. Hopefully, she'll appreciate it at that point.