This book screams for better editing. If it was cut by a 1/4 it would be much better; if it was cut by 1/3 it might even be good.
At times, it reads like a manual on the admission process instead of a novel. This is sad because the story is actually quite interesting. Also, there are sideline stories that are presented in too great of a depth. The small amount of the book dealing with Jeremiah is very good. He is a fascinating character and I wish there had been a lot more of him. I also liked, when it was finally revealed, the reason why she became an admissions officer. Overall, although I really wanted to like this book, I simply can not recommend it.
New note (April 2013):
I am amazed that this was made into a movie with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. It is not a light hearted book yet is made into some kind of a comedy. What the what the?????