For many colleges and universities, this week marks the beginning of the new year, which is an exciting time of seeing old friends, making new friends, choosing your classes and buying textbooks. And, for many high school seniors, fall semester represents the start of the college application process. In honor of these two annual traditions, September seems like the perfect time for a post on books that focus on this transition to college.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys â€“ Set in New Orleans in the 1950s, this historical novel from 2012 Morris Award finalist Ruta Sepetys tells the story of Josie Moraine. She is the daughter of a prostitute who is determined to make it out of New Orleans and away from the type of life that her mother has created for herself, both literally when she moves out of the brothel to live on her own above a bookshop and figuratively. Her greatest dream is to find a way to attend a prestigious college in the north. But to achieve this goal, she will have to fight against influences in her life that are trying to draw her back into the world of illicit activities and shady characters that she has so long fought against.
Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman â€“ A group of hackers decide to undertake the ultimate challenge: find a way to get a completely unqualified classmate into Harvard University. But, a simple bet makes what seemed to be nothing more than a personal challenge into something with stakes that are quite a bit higher. A perfect read for anyone who is immersed in college applications and is looking to see the lighter side of the admissions process. Continue reading Heading to College? Read These Books First