By: Nancy Lieberman
(Hardcover / 368 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446533033 / $23.95)
Description: For Manhattan's most affluent parents, the Tuesday after Labor Day marks the beginning of the city's most competitive and vicious blood sport: the start of the private school admissions process. But for Helen Drager, mother of Zoe, it shouldn't be such an ordeal. After all, Helen's best friend Sara is an admissions officer at Zoe's current K-8. But Sara's position becomes precarious, and Helen soon finds herself drawn ever deeper into the mounting lunacy generated by the fierce competition.
Verdict: If Tom Wolfe Wrote 'The Nanny Diaries' then you'd have 'Admissions'! A hysterical, satire that is a cross between 'Bonfire of the Vanities' and 'The Nanny Diaries'. Lieberman draws a hilarious picture of the seamy underbelly of the admissions circus. Her characters are believable, the situations are relatable, and entire scenes make you laugh out loud. I had to live through this nightmare last year when my daughter was applying to Pre-K, and 'Admissions' doesn't miss a beat. It's just like my life, only a whole lot funnier. 'Admissions' gets an A+ from this mom!
Reviewed by Molly Greening