Getting In

A Novel


By Karen Stabiner

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Q: What does a parent need to survive the college application process? A. A sense of humor.
B. A therapist on 24-hour call.
C. A large bank balance.
D. All of the above.Getting In is the roller-coaster story of five very different Los Angeles families united by a single obsession: acceptance at a top college, preferably one that makes their friends and neighbors green with envy. At an elite private school and a nearby public school, families devote themselves to getting their seniors into the perfect school–even if the odds are stacked against them, even if they can’t afford the $50,000 annual price tag, even if the effort requires a level of deceit, and even if the object of all this attention wants to go somewhere else.Getting In is a delightfully smart comedy of class and entitlement, of love and ambition, set in a world where a fat envelope from a top school matters more than anything . . . almost.

  • "Karen Stabiner's Getting In [is] humorous (in a wry kind of way) but pointed and surprisingly engaging novel about parental and teen obsessiveness regarding the college application process in independent schools and the debilitating, distorting impact of it on kids and families. Must read for college-prep kids and their parents."
    Patrick Basset, President, National Association of Independent Schools
  • "A savvy insider's take on a high-stakes, cutthroat campaign--except it's not about getting into the White House, but about getting into the perfect college. Stabiner's sharp, witty tale is as essential as a good SAT prep course--but a hell of a lot more fun."
    Arianna Huffington

On Sale
Mar 16, 2010
Page Count
416 pages
Hachette Books

Karen Stabiner

About the Author

Karen Stabiner is a journalist who writes about food, health, and family issues. Some of her previous books include Family Table, a two-year collaboration with James Beard award-winning Michael Romano; the novel Getting In, a comic look at the college admissions sweepstakes; My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; and All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times‘ Opinion section, and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Los Angeles Magazine, and the New Yorker. She lives in New York City with her family.

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