Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Portia is a still young woman who works in the Admissions office for Princeton. After spending the first part of her career working with students on the West Coast, this is her first admissions season at home in the Northeast. Portia has a long term live-in boyfriend and an extremely distant relationship with her “crunchy-granola” feminist mother. It quickly becomes clear that her life has no direction. She isn’t moving forward in her relationship or in her career, and this may all be related to unresolved issues she has from her college years and her childhood. It isn’t until she is forced to look at her life through a chance encounter and an unnerving revelation from her boyfriend, Portia would have stayed exactly where she was. Now that she’s forced to come to terms with the past and the present, she needs to decide what is most important to her.
I was very excited to read this book after listening to the author’s Blog Talk Radio interview and because I was reading it along with Laura from I’m Booking It. We used Twitter to hold a mini book club meeting. I wish it had been a better novel. I stopped really caring if things worked out alright for Portia at just over half way mark. It was a long novel and Portia’s continual analysis of the minutia of her life drove me crazy. I skimmed the rest of the book. I would have stopped reading it if it weren’t for the discussion with Laura. It was a “meh” read for her as well, but for different reasons. Laura wanted more about the admissions process while I wanted out of Portia’s head and into her life. Laura was much quicker on the draw than I was to write her review. It says it better than I can. The first sentence of Laura’s review says it all:
My biggest problem with this novel is that I kept wishing it was a different book.
Thank you to Miriam at Hatchette Book Group for sending me a copy for review and to Laura and everyone else who entered my contest.
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