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Book Title: The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids|
The author of the book: Alexandra Robbins
Edition: Hachette Books
Date of issue: August 7th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781401309022
Format files: PDF
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"You can't just be the smartest. You have to be the most athletic, you have to be able to have the most fun, you have to be the prettiest, the best dressed, the nicest, the most wanted. You have to constantly be out on the town partying, and then you have to get straight As. And most of all, you have to appear to be happy." -- CJ, age seventeen High school isn't what it used to be. With record numbers of students competing fiercely to get into college, schools are no longer primarily places of learning. They're dog-eat-dog battlegrounds in which kids must set aside interests and passions in order to strategize over how to game the system. In this increasingly stressful environment, kids aren't defined by their character or hunger for knowledge, but by often arbitrary scores and statistics. In The Overachievers, journalist Alexandra Robbins delivers a poignant, funny, riveting narrative that explores how our high-stakes educational culture has spiraled out of control. During the year of her ten-year reunion, Robbins returns to her high school, where she follows students, including CJ and others:
Julie, a track and academic star who is terrified she's making the wrong choices; "AP" Frank, who grapples with horrifying parental pressure to succeed; Taylor, a soccer and lacrosse captain whose ambition threatens her popular girl status; Sam, who worries his years of overachieving will be wasted if he doesn't attend a name-brand college; Audrey, who struggles with perfectionism; and The Stealth Overachiever, a mystery junior who flies under the radar.
Robbins tackles hard-hitting issues such as the student and teacher cheating epidemic, over-testing, sports rage, the black market for study drugs, and a college admissions process so cutthroat that some students are driven to depression and suicide because of a B. Even the earliest years of schooling have become insanely competitive, as Robbins learned when she gained unprecedented access into the inner workings of a prestigious Manhattan kindergarten admissions office. A compelling mix of fast-paced storytelling and engrossing investigative journalism, The Overachievers aims both to calm the admissions frenzy and to expose its escalating dangers.
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The author of five New York Times bestselling books, author Alexandra Robbins is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism (given by the Medill School of Journalism), a 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (given by the National Women's Political Caucus), and the winner of the 2014 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2014 June Roth Award for Medical Journalism. She has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Forbes. Robbins regularly appears in the national media, on shows such as "60 Minutes," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "The View," "The Colbert Report" and "Anderson Cooper 360."
The winner of the 2007 Heartsongs Award for contributions to the mental health of children and young adults, Robbins is also a frequent public speaker and a judge for the National MS Society’s Books for a Better Life Awards.
Hailed by the press as “an excellent stylist and a first-rate mind” and “a media celebrity,” Robbins has developed a riveting signature style of investigative journalism that reads like a fast-paced work of fiction. The New York Times said Robbins’ latest book, The Overachievers, an Editors’ Choice, “reads like very good ...fiction, thanks to its winning cast, its surprising plot twists and its pushy parents.” People Magazine named The Overachievers its Critics’ Choice, gave it four out of four stars and called it “impossible to put down,” and Entertainment Weekly called it “quick and riveting.”
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