I just announced the new College Prepster Book Club book on Friday, but I have an extra credit read for you if you’re feeling daring.
by Alexandra Robbins
I stumbled on this book while perusing the nonfiction section of the library. (That is quite an intimidating section if you ask me.) I honestly picked it up based on the cover. Back in fifth grade my teacher was taking a photography class and used me as one of her subjects…. the picture on the cover reminded me of the pictures she took of me. Subtract the cheerleading uniform and add a school uniform and substitute the soccer cleats for ballet shoes and that was pretty much me.
If you plan on attending a competitive high school.
Or if you do attend a competitive high school.
Or you have attended a competitive high school.
Of you have a son or daughter who plans on attending, is attending, or did attend a competitive high school….
Read. This. Book.
Nothing is a huge revelation. I mean, I lived the book. However, it’s eyeopening and can put things into perspective. It’s sometimes a difficult task to evaluate yourself objectively, but hearing stories of characters that are so similar to you that it’s scary made me fully realize some of the sacrifices I’ve made.
It’s a lengthy book, but it’s filled with anecdotal and research. It’s also a little dated, but I’m guessing the problems are only worse now. (At one point the author has to explain what Facebook is… it was funny!)
I was straightening my hair a day or two after I finished the book. While I was mindlessly running the flat iron over ringlets, I began questioning everything I had done.
“Get straight A’s in high school,” I’d tell myself, “and you’ll be happy.”
“Get into a good college, and you’ll be happy.”
“Write a book, and you’ll be happy.”
… it’s not that those things didn’t make me happy. They did… but once it was accomplished, I always add another goal that will really make me happy. It’s like I’m just checking things off a list. There’s a brief feeling of relief and then you glance down and realize the list has only grown.
It’s definitely made me think a little more, but I’m glad I read this before entering my senior year (ahhhhh!) at Georgetown. Because instead of “getting into a good college,” now I need to “get hired for a good job.”
Long story short- a really good read.