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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Sep 08, Judy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Please correct highlighted fields Significant Passage “For thousands of families, school admissions processes begin before a child turns one; in several cities, that’s how manic the competition has grown to get into elite preschool and kindergarten programs. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Plato at the Googleplex: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This chapter also covers class rank and GPA and several controversies over the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian, overachieevers well as more about how common cheating is, partly so that students can achieve ovreachievers GPAs and class ranks.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mightier Than the Sword. I read it along with him. I hope teachers and parents read this book and understand the pressures that kids put on themselves.

To be fair, she does choose quite a few different types of students, those who are driven from within and those who are pressured by outside expectations. Aug 30, Ruby Granger rated it it was amazing.

She also talks about how the problem of overachieving is universal across our entire country, not just in affluent areas or at well-known high schools.


In between entries, Robbins intervenes and provides startling statistics on the various aspects of modern education, such as kids resorting to drugs to attain better performance in school and suicide rates.

While You Were Sleeping. Robbins’ non-fiction reads like a novel. Sep 14, Kim Shaw rated it it was amazing.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. In this book, the author returns to her own high school Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland to follow nine students dealing with the competitive pressures of making the transition from high school to college. She faces fierce competition among the other overachievers at school, and feels the need to maintain their perfect robins of her. Don’t have a Kindle? 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.

The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids

Helicopter parents hover around their children and swoop in to handle any crisis, no matter how big or small, overacheivers their kids to be unable to fend for themselves when they need to.

Present to your audience. Living alexancra the DC metro area, working in Bethesda where the school mentioned is locatedand having attended an even more intense magnet school in the area less than 5 years before the book was written It’s definitely getting out of hand, and has become a very big problem in not only the U.

OTOH, by choosing to follow a fewer number of students and in an environment with which she was much more familiar, Ms. Since I am a teenager in three AP classes, I am able to relate alexnadra this book. Think Like a Warrior: Print Send Download Report. It’s close to the end of my senior year of high school, it’s about time for me to really decide where I want to go, and it’s been a year since I read The Overachievers — yet this book is still sticking in my overachieverw.

This book is soooo surprising! I started skimming and skipping to the researched sections. The robvins also assigns each student she studies a nickname that is based on how that student is perceived by others around him or her.


She occasionally interrupts to address issues that affect one of the teens and explains its negative effect on an international scale.

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Now, in The OverachieversRobbins uses the same captivating style to explore how our high-stakes educational culture has spiraled out of control. This non-fictional novel retraces the high school lives of real students whose only names have been changed. For example, Julie, a young student who portrays the typical overachieving scholar, gives her best effort to do extraordinarily well in school to get into her dream college, Stanford.

And most of all, you have to appear to be happy. It gives great insight to the difference between motivation and pressure, and reminds you of what it’s really like to be back in high school.

Several students I interviewed were petrified that the admissions rat race wouldn’t end after high school. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth.

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Administrators and principals at alexandfa performing] high schools should read this book cover to cover, and keep it in their top desk drawer. This books reports on the nuttiness of high school life for overacbievers striving to get into the best colleges.

What Students and Parents Can Do: Dec 21, Alec rated it it was amazing Shelves: Concordia University – Online. My gosh, talk about stress! Robbins brilliantly captures the thoughts and feelings of a generation pushed to excel while offering insight for turning this pervasive and potentially harmful drive into positive motivation.