Book Review of The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins. I originally wrote this review in one of my own blogs over a year ago. I plan to write an upcoming blog. 14 May The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins Created by: Mark Saldua, Alyssa Noche, Chloe Delos Santos The speaker is the author of the novel. “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.

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She faces fierce competition among the other overachievers at school, and feels the need to maintain their perfect impressions of her. It has developed since the most selective universities turned the corner in the 60s from being old-boys clubs for families of multi-generational wealth, to being the allegedly more meritocratic institutions of today.

I really found it fascinating. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed robins. This book is another example of her abilities.

When I read this after college, I felt like I was being transported back to high school. I did find myself getting a little impatient with some of the students’ various and too-numerous extra-curricular activities.

See and discover other items: A reader with any sophistication or robbons of the issues explored in the book gets that “Overachieverism” — a cumbersome term that is presumably the author’s neologism — is a ronbins thing.

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The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids

There is a review of overachiever culture and the author suggests how we can begin to remedy the situation. The book wasn’t quite like that though: She is reminding all high school students who constantly feel anxiety of getting into a name-brand college that school should be a place for learning – not a place for competing to be “number one. Our society would be smart to listen.

Students must deal with all of the elements that faced teens of the past, though with an added variable: Tone Robbins utilizes figurative language similes and metaphors and events to convince her audience how the education system has gone wild and how it has turned into a competition rather than a learning environment. In short, The Overachievers is a great book and should not be missed. For example, it is evident from her writing style that she holds distaste for the No Child Left Behind Act, which she believes contributes to the stressful environment that schools have become.

Unfortunately, the follow-ups on the students’ post high school lives that Ms. This is real help for real problems that every parent faces. All but one of the students are juniors or seniors; the one other is a freshman at Harvard. American non-fiction books books Documentary films about high school in the United States.

Robbins’ accessible style of writing keeps the audience captivated to want to continue reading on. The research was great and organized well. Retrieved from ” https: It is a call for perspective.

He is important to the novel because he shows that the lack of time and energy required to live up to these expectations, both shared by the students and their parents, is a product of the pressure of trying to live up to societal standards.

Finally, real admissions officers from Stanford and other prestigious schools share how the admissions process works, and we learn that much of what high school students kill themselves to achieve actually has little or no bearing on their acceptance.

I hope teachers and parents read this book and understand the pressures that kids put on themselves. Robbins describes the epidemic of cheating in our country, including information about a incident at Saratoga High School in the area where I live. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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However, when I reached the halfway point I was really only interested in reading about the characters for a reason I rbbins understand. Oct 15, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Write a customer review.

I started skimming and skipping to the researched robvins. We meet the world of professional college counselors whom parents hire to get their students into the colleges of choice. The video does not play. Some students are actually pushed overachievera their parents like one young man who took 17 AP courses during high schoolbut others are driven by an unhealthy perfectionism within themselves.

How to organize your teen’s college visits wit For example, she compares students to robots and how they are programmed to become well-rounded.

Ease up, calm down, and back off. The book is non-fiction, following the stories of several high schoolers and providing a commentary on the US education system and the beginning of the Age of the Comparison. Diction Image Robbins applies details in order for the audience to understand how much hassle these Whitman students go ogerachievers.

All My Puny Sorrows. She actually became close with her subjects which was very interesting and something I have never seen before. She graduated summa cum laude in from Yale. The six students who are portrayed are all overachievers and are unfavorably affected by the need to fulfill the expectations of other people, such as parents, college admission officers, and other peers, or their own desire to achieve perfection.

The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins

The Overachievers fulfilled my expectations, and I recommend this five-star novel to anyone who is involved in high school- including students, parents of students, teachers, and others. It is the difference between love and notches on a bedpost. As the parent of a high school junior who attends a school much like Whitman, I was deeply interested in the subject matter, and as a former school counselor and adjunct professor, I appreciated the thoroughness of Robbins’ research.

During the year of her ten-year reunion, Robbins returns to her high school, where she follows students, including CJ and others: Robbins provides a series of critiques of the system, including college rankings, parental pressure, the meaninglessness of standardized testing overachieers the push for A. In between entries, Robbins intervenes and provides startling statistics alsxandra the various aspects of modern education, such as kids resorting to drugs to attain better performance in school and suicide rates.

The author also assigns each student she studies a nickname that is based on how that student is perceived by others around him or her.