Guilty Admissions is an investigation on how the other half gets in tells the shockingly true story of the Varsity Blues scandal, and all of the crazy parents, privilege, and con men involved. LaPorte weaves together the story of an unscrupulous college counselor named Rick Singer, and how he preyed on the desperation of some of the country's wealthiest families who will do anything to get their kids into name-brand colleges in order to maintain their own A-list status.
It’s a mind-blower, but author Nicole LaPorte deftly charts a course through today’s obstacle course of college applications in her fascinating expose of Rick Singer and the so-called 'Varsity Blues' scandal that captured America’s fancy. If you wondered how it happened, and why, Guilty Admissions: The Bribes, Favors, and Phonies behind the College Cheating Scandal has the answers ... The book’s ending is somewhat unsatisfying as it leaves open what ultimately happened to Singer and many of his co-conspirators ... In a true Hollywood cliffhanger ending, the author closes the book by teasing the moment that a prosecutor approached the cameras at a press conference ... Guess we'll have to wait for the sequel.
[A] detailed, fast-paced narrative of the college admissions scandal that for months became fodder for late-night comedians and commentators of all persuasions ... LaPorte makes clear in Guilty Admissions that a culture ruled by the rich led to an environment that fed Singer’s criminal behavior ... LaPorte has presented a sobering tale of the double standard that exists in America’s prestigious learning institutions. Perhaps one of the most important points she makes is that Singer and many other participants truly operated in the open.