Andrew Ferguson's latest book, Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College, was reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Ferguson's journey with his son, incisive aperçus, and "whoa, just wait a minute" moments convey the current process' lack of logic, reason, and wisdom, the very things you hope your child acquires while you empty your savings account and pile on debt. Ferguson discovers that the SuperKids, students with vertiginous GPAs and board scores, can still fail to get into their first choices and end up at "safety" schools.
Most American students attend affordable community or welcoming campuses in the state system (what advisers tend to label "nonselective"), but those aren't the teenagers we're talking about. Ferguson's world, and perhaps yours, is one of talented students at top high schools seeking acceptance at what guidebooks label "elite" schools. The search is what Ferguson deems "a high-class problem."
With privilege, as any novelist or therapist can attest, comes misery. Almost everything that was once thought a source of happiness - weddings, infants, the financial wherewithal to send a child to private school or college - has been transformed into an ordeal by a stressed, competitive community. Someone should write the book When Good Things Happen to Anxious People.
Actually, Ferguson has.
Whole thing here.
Copies are available for order via andrewfergusonbooks.com.