On another note, my daughter either has pink eye or allergies. Her eyes weren't stuck together this morning but they are pink, itchy, and goopy. Waiting for tomorrow to see how she awakens. I remember being a little kid and waking up with my eyes stuck shut and pretty much losing my mind. I screamed like I was dying. That I can still remember it makes me think it was fairly traumatic. Illnesses are the worst.
The Sky is Electric by Lauren Mechling
This is a nice little story about a high school senior on the day that early entrance acceptances or rejections are emailed out. The narrator, a high-achieving female who had prepped exhaustively for admission into Wellesley College, tells the story in first-person and walks the readers through her day. Her classmates have planned to meet at two locations, one for accepted folks and one for rejected folks. I'm not going to reveal which she is but she does spend some time with a young gentleman named Jonathan Garbage Eater (It's a nickname dating back to his freshman year).
Story: 9 of 10
This is a very nice read. I have seniors in class right now and the stress is real. Mechling does a good job of capturing the anxiety and unease of the situation. I really enjoyed the side characters in the story as well, as they were fairly developed or at least interesting.
Teachability: 9 of 10
My seniors would enjoy this. I'm not sure what I'd do with it other than have them read it and discuss it as a way to ease their own tensions about the application process.