Getting into college has never been harder. Can't rely on a perfect SAT score or a 5 on your AP Mandarin exam. Field hockey and basketball? Please. The real sport is Volunteering. Change the world--and tell Harvard all about it.

In Jason Odell Williams' hilarious first novel, Personal Statement, it's open season on admissions--and a Category-3 hurricane is headed for Connecticut. Self-proclaimed tiger-daughter Emily Kim drags her best friend, apathetic test-taking genius Rani Caldwell, to the coastal town of Cawdor, where Emily's sure her humanitarian efforts will make her Harvard application stand out from the pack.

Problem is: so does everyone else.

When Emily and Rani arrive, hundreds of other teenagers--including Robert Clinton III, gay, black and meant for the Sorbonne--are already in Cawdor with the same idea. Observing the battle royale is Alexis J. Gould, aide to the Governor and a veteran of the college admissions rat race. To the kids in Cawdor, it's not a natural disaster. It's an opportunity. Let the games begin!


Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy Award-nominated writer and producer as well as an award-winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter. Recently, his play Handle With Care (published by Dramatists Play Service and optioned for a film) ran for over 100 performances Off-Broadway and has been produced 15 times in the last four years in the U.S. and Canada. The play was a New York Times Critics' Pick where they raved, "Mr. Williams has achieved something special: He has written a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy... which exudes gobs of comic energy and insight." His first novel, Personal Statement, was optioned for a three-picture deal, and Jason adapted it for the screen with his wife and collaborator Charlotte Cohn. They live in Manhattan with their daughter Imogen and their rescued dog, Pepper. For more please visit .

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