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This combination of the possibly imaginary country club and the assumption behind the building of the chapel—get the set right, and you can make the whole production work—seemed to me like something from an Evelyn Waugh novel. But it also meant that—unlike Exeter or Choate—this school was a place where I could belong. There were no traditions, no expectation of familiarity with the Book of Common Prayer.
All you needed to have was a piercing love of your subject and a willingness to enter into an apprenticeship with great teachers. I had those things. Read: What the scammers got right about college admissions. I did not come from a religious family, but we had a god, and the god was art, specifically literature. And so when a job opened in the college-counseling office, I should not have taken it. My god was art, not the SAT. In my excitement at this apparent promotion, I did not pause to consider that my beliefs about the new work at hand made me, at best, a heretic.
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Most of all, I believed that if you had money for college and a good high-school education under your belt, you were on third base headed for home plate with the ball soaring high over the bleachers. Read: Why the college-admissions scandal is so absurd. Every parent assumed that whatever alchemy of good genes and good credit had gotten his child a spot at the prep school was the same one that would land him a spot at a hyper-selective college. But that still left half the class, and I was the one who had to tell their parents that they were going to have to be flexible.
A successful first meeting often consisted of walking them back from the crack pipe of Harvard to the Adderall crash of Middlebury and then scheduling a follow-up meeting to douse them with the bong water of Denison. The new job meant that I had signed myself up to be locked in a small office, appointment after appointment, with hugely powerful parents and their mortified children as I delivered news so grimly received that I began to think of myself less as an administrator than as an oncologist.
Along the way they said such crass things, such rude things, such greedy things, and such borderline-racist things that I began to hate them. They, in turn, began to hate me. A college counselor at an elite prep school is supposed to be a combination of cheerleader, concierge, and talent agent, radically on the side of each case and applying steady pressure on the dream college to make it happen.
At the very least, the counselor is not supposed to be an adversary. Sometimes they would say things so outlandish that I would just stare at them, trying to beam into their mind the question, Can you hear yourself?
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That so many of them were literal limousine liberals lent the meetings an element of radical chic. They were down for the revolution, but there was no way their kid was going to settle for Lehigh. Some of the parents—especially, in those days, the fathers—were such powerful professionals, and I as you recall was so poor, obscure, plain, and little that it was as if they were cracking open a cream puff with a panzer.
This was before crying in the office was a thing, so I had to just sit there and take it. Then the admissions letters arrived from the colleges. Sometimes, in anger and frustration, the parents would blame me for the poor return on investment they were getting on their years of tuition payments. I was in no position to evaluate their financial strategies.
Worst of all, the helpless kid would be sitting right there, shrinking into the couch cushions as his parents all but said that his entire secondary education had been a giant waste of money. The parents would simmer down a bit, and the four of us would stew in misery. Alexandra Robbins: Kids are the victims of the elite-college obsession. Van Hopper barked at me. During those three years before the mast, I saw no evidence of any of the criminal activity that the current scandal has delivered.
But I absolutely saw the raw materials that William Rick Singer would use to create his scam. The system, even 25 years ago, was full of holes. The first was sports. Legacy admissions have often been called affirmative action for white people, but the rich-kid sports—water polo, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, and even God help us all sailing and actual polo—are the true affirmative action for the rich. I first became acquainted with this fact when I was preparing for a meeting with the parents of a girl who was a strong but not dazzling student; the list her parents had submitted, however, consisted almost exclusively of Ivy League colleges.
I brought her file in to my boss for guidance. Yale was going to let her in—above half a dozen much more academically qualified and many much more interesting kids on my roster—because she played volleyball? I soon learned that the coaches of all these sports were allowed a certain number of recruits each year, and that so long as a kid met basic academic qualifications—which our kids easily did—the coaches got their way. The second flaw in the system was an important change to the way testing is reported to the colleges.
When I began the job, the SAT and the ACT offered extended-time testing to students with learning disabilities, provided that they had been diagnosed by a professional. However, an asterisk appeared next to extended-time scores, alerting the college that the student had taken the test without the usual time limit. But during my time at the school, this asterisk was found to violate the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the testing companies dropped it.
Suddenly it was possible for everyone with enough money to get a diagnosis that would grant their kid two full days—instead of four hours—to take the SAT, and the colleges would never know. And, finally, there were large parts of the process over which no one entity had complete oversight.
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The kids were encouraged, but not required, to bring us their essays. Ditto the lists of extracurricular activities they were required to submit to the colleges. No credibility. There must be a lot of books she has never read so understandably she has missed the best. Usually when I read a list like this I buy a book or two but she gets no bucks from her recommendations. Nalini Singh? Kresley Cole? Kristan Higgins? Molly Harper? Julia Quinn? Jeaniene Frost? Rachel Gibson? Karen Rose? Sonali Dev? All who have published many books including many of my favorites in the last decade not to mention last year!
Great list, several of my favorites are there and some Ive not yet read, thanks for putting this together! I am looking for the title and author of a certain book. I only remember the summary about a sculptor who is the male character who fell in love with an american teacher. Please assist anyone. Hi Great Listing of Books. I have personally read accidental bride, which is cult classic. Planning to read more. Name required. Email required; will not be published. WordPress Theme by Solostream. An Affair Downstairs , by Sherri Browning In the exceptional second novel in her Edwardian Thornbrook Park series, Browning focuses on Lady Alice Emerson, who is determined to turn away all proper suitors and pursue a potentially scandalous dalliance.
Agnes and the Hitman , by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer Food writer Agnes Crandall could use some help after bashing a would-be dognapper over the head with a frying pan, and Shane just may be her man in this southern-flavored, Mob-oriented romantic comedy.
The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty , by Donna Kauffman A member of the rescue operation Unholy Trinity in Virginia, Rafe is drawn to enigmatic Elena, the new horse trainer in this terrifically suspenseful tale about the secrets of horseracing and romance. Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage , by Kieran Kramer How can Jilly run a respectable bookshop if her neighbor, a Royal Navy captain, keeps throwing wild parties?
Cowboy Take Me Away , by Jane Graves Graves launches a new series with this charming, emotionally rich novel about the return to Rainbow Valley, Texas, of champion bull rider Luke Dawson and Shannon North, who left her big-city career to run a no-kill animal shelter. Dearest Rogue , by Elizabeth Hoyt Lady Phoebe Batten understands why her brother hired Captain James Trevillion to be her bodyguard, but his monitoring of her every move is infuriating.
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Hell for Leather , by Julie Ann Walker Walker supercharges her Black Knights series about a Chicago special-ops group working undercover as bikers with this high-action, hilarious, sexy military romance about imperiled bar owner Delilah and Black Knight Mac. Heroes Are My Weakness , by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Romance superstar Phillips creates a tartly humorous and very sexy variation on the gothic novel, in which quirky Annie Hewitt returns to Peregrin Island to search for her desperately needed inheritance, only to run into Theo Harp, who once tried to kill her.
How to Marry a Duke , by Vicky Dreiling An enchanting Regency romance debut involving a rake and a matchmaker, a tricky dilemma, and witty repartee. The Lord of Illusion , by Kathryne Kennedy In her superb third fantasy-steeped romantic-suspense novel in the Elven Lords series, Kennedy follows outcast Drystan as he searches for the rainbow-eyed girl of his visions and finds enslaved Camille. Never Romance a Rake , by Liz Carlyle Carlyle brings her Neville family trilogy to a splendid conclusion with the captivating story of a tormented rake and a delightfully unconventional heroine in this luscious and funny historical romance.
Buchman Buchman sends chef and helicopter pilot Captain Emily Beale on special assignment to the White House in this hard-to-put-down tale of nonstop action, a surprise villain, and forbidden love. Rainshadow Road , by Lisa Kleypas Kleypas begins a new trilogy with this emotionally riveting, lightly paranormal tale about romance-leery glass artist Lucy and Sam, who is not now nor ever will be interested in a long-term relationship.
Rough and Ready , by Sandra Hill Hill continues her fantastic saga of time-traveling Norsemen and bawdy women in this wildly inventive tale of a rampaging eleventh-century evildoer, a heroic U. Sizzle and Burn , by Jayne Ann Krentz Raine hears voices, and private investigator Zack sees visions as Krentz continues her addictively readable Arcane Society series, deftly fusing paranormal-flavored suspense with sexy romance.
So Enchanting , by Connie Brockway RITA Award—winning Brockway excels in a Victorian-era tale of a scandal-plagued widow, a young woman with strange powers, and a suspect lord in this sexy and bewitching battle of wits and wiles. Tempting , by Susan Mallery Mallery continues her popular Buchanan family series with the story of feisty Dani, whose search for her father leads her to presidential candidate Mark Canfield, much to the glee of a rapacious media thrilled with the discovery of a secret love child. Adams and Cathy Clamp This popular duo launches a new paranormal series with an imaginative, sexy, and suspenseful tale featuring tough Kate, a world-traveling courier in danger of being forced into becoming a vampire queen, and Tom, a heroic werewolf firefighter.
The Ugly Duchess , by Eloisa James James expertly infuses her latest fairy-tale love story with humor and sensuality as wealthy Theodora Saxby, certain that with her looks only a fortune hunter will marry her, is forced to reconsider her best friend, the Earl of Islay. Virgin River , by Robyn Carr Carr launches a new, edgy contemporary series set in rural California, focusing here on Melinda, a nurse and midwife seeking peace and quiet and finding that while there is much to embrace in Virgin River, life is as precarious as anywhere else.
What a Duke Dares , by Anna Campbell Campbell continues her Sons of Sin series in this lusciously sensual, scintillatingly witty Regency romance about a fraught encounter between highly desirable Camden Rothermere, Marquess of Pembridge, and Penelope Thorne, the woman who turned him down years ago. When the Duke Returns , by Eloisa James Eleven years after their wedding by proxy, Lady Isidore finally meets her husband as James puts a clever spin on a classic romantic plot in the latest scintillating installment in her superb Georgian-era Desperate Duchesses series.
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