Acceptance special is that it interweaves those two functions and does it so artfully that the narrative never descends into schmaltz or "guidance speak." To research this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Marcus embedded himself for a year at Oyster Bay High, the small North Shore Long Island school where veteran counseling director Gwyneth Smith Jr. works his magic. For four decades, "Smitty" has learned to read the college application process like a savant, often finding success (and scholarships) in totally unexpected places. By focusing on seven students ranging from a free spirit to an overachieving valedictorian, Marcus demonstrates not only Smitty's merits, but also his own. I think of Acceptance as a stress-relieving device for every harried parent and nervous teenager.Permalink
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