The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins
Reviewed by Sandra Tsing Loh
The Atlantic Monthly
"[Editor's Note: This review discusses the contents and context of four books: The Overachievers, The Price of Privelege, Hothouse Kids, and The Kindergarten Wars.]
The frenzy of academic competition, particularly among affluent American families, has triggered a spate of cautionary new books. The titles reviewed here are all excellent: I give them all A+'s ? or, in the parlance of today's elite high schoolers, weighted GPAs of 4.687, including 5's in fifteen AP courses and a combined math/verbal SAT score of 1540...." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.