By J.D. Rothman


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ISBN 978-0-9834594-1-5
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The Most Difficult Year to Get Into College in the History of the World

Admissions rates of 4.5%? Kids applying to 39 colleges? Sixteen-year-olds with more impressive resumes than Fortune 500 CEOs? Has the nation lost its mind?

Why yes, it has! The college admissions process now sucks approximately 1250% more time, money, and psychic energy than it did when today’s parents were going through the same process. It’s even leading some parents to criminal behavior and FBI investigations. Thank God author J.D. Rothman is here to shine a light on the insanity with laugh-out-loud wit and incisive anthropological observations.

In its colorful illustrated pages, The Neurotic Parent reveals all:

• Frightening Statistics, Shocking Pie Charts, Depressing Bar Graphs
• Kumon Tips for Preschoolers
• College Confidential: The Scariest Place on the Internet
• Why Your Teen Needs to Be a Transgendered Albanian from North Dakota
• The Most Obnoxious Question Asked by a Parent at an Information Session
• What to Expect When They’re Rejecting
• Haikus for the Neurotic Parent
• Bed Bath & Bye-Bye
• How to Cash in That Ivy League Degree for a Sweet Barista Job

Woven in between these and many more hilarious bits of advice and cultural insights are the best of the Neurotic Parent’s blog posts, which detail the anxiety-ridden quest for the perfect colleges for her children. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pack up and move your family to Australia, where getting into college is reputedly just like it was in the U.S. in 1972.

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Watch The Neurotic Parent talk college mania on CNN


“Laugh-out-loud funny… this book is going to be a huge success!”
— Teen Vogue

“It’s hilarious!”
Madeleine Brand, KPCC/NPR
Listen to Judy Rothman’s interview on NPR station KPCC

“Add me to the long list of J.D. Rothman fans.”
Jackie Burrell,

“If you need a good laugh at how crazy the college admissions process has become, this is a book for you. Rothman, a television comedy writer, subtly weaves good advice about encouraging students to strike a healthy balance, find their passion and communicate that to colleges.”
— Charlotte Observer

“Made us laugh out loud… Rothman is an acute observer of the road to the fat envelope.”
— Admission Now



J.D. (Judy) Rothman is an Emmy-winning screenwriter and lyricist specializing in comedy and literary adapations for children. She used to be a relatively calm person until her oldest son started the college admissions process. She coped with her obsession by becoming the anonymous humor blogger The Neurotic Parent (; her blog posts were excerpted in I’m Going to College—Not You! (St. Martin’s Griffin). With the publication of this book, the Santa Monica, California resident and mother of two has revealed her identity and brought sagacity and comic relief to anxious parents nationwide.