We're buried under college applications here, and the most helpful book on the planet for us is actually a novel: Early Decision by Lacy Crawford. A one-time college-essay whisperer, Lacy's novel gets at the price college-bound kids pay when their parents are a bit too helicopter, and when they aren't allowed to discover their own voice. But besides the excellent you-are-there advice, Early Decision is also a whip-smart novel about a young woman discovering her own path, even as she helps the college-bound discover theirs.
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