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There was a lot about Anne that I could relate to, since I also work with students learning to express themselves in writing. I found Crawford's portrayal of the world of academia to be incredibly bleak in places, but the heart of the book is really in the obvious care that Anne (and I assume, by proxy, Crawford) has for young people. And young people, no matter their background, who are just learning to find their voice and their place in the world, are an exciting bunch. I felt, as a reader of this book, invested in the future of each of the characters. I was exhausted and angered by the way the adults in these young people's lives, including Anne's, try to control their paths and live their lives for them. Reading the interview at the end of the book with the author, I realized just how sharp and articulate Lacy Crawford is, and how insightful she is about the often difficult world of college admissions. Although I wasn't sure about the book at the beginning, thinking it may be overly sensationalist and unconscious of the privilege inherent in the world it presents, by the end I was won over and ripping through the final pages. This a fun read, but one with both head and heart.
Title:Early DecisionAuthor: Lacy Crawford
Publisher: William Morrow
Where I got it: From the publisher and TLC Book Tours