Why write the book?

After my gap year was featured in multiple national publications, it became clear that my gap year itself wasn’t what struck the nerve of the nation. Rather, it was an underlying realization that tiger moms and trophies weren’t making our kids happier, more academically inclined, or certain of their professional choices. And there I was at the heart of it all: the Ivy League reject that found all three, on her own homemade game plan. Perhaps I had found an answer.

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