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Among the 10 unforgettable students we meet are: Mike, who writes his personal essays from a homeless shelter and is torn between his longing to get away to an idyllic college campus and his fear of leaving his mother and brothers in desperate circumstances; Santiago, a talented, motivated, and undocumented student, who battles bureaucracy and low expectations as he seeks a life outside the low-wage world of hard manual labor to which his immigration status threatens to consign him; and Ashley, who pursues her ambition to become a doctor with almost superhuman drive but then forges a path that challenges received wisdom about the value of an elite, liberal arts education.
At a time when the idea of "college for all" is alternately embraced and challenged, this important book uncovers, in heartrending detail, the many ways the American education system fails in its promise as a ladder to opportunity. But it also provides hope in its portrayal of the extraordinary intelligence, resilience, and everyday heroics of the young people whose futures are too often lamented or ignored and whose voices, insights, and vision our colleges - and our country - desperately need. Hold Fast to Dreams will grab you on the first page and will stay with you for a long time. It should be required listening for anyone who cares about the right to education in America.
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By Daryl on 07-12-15
Poor narration nearly ruins powerful narrative
How did the narrator detract from the book?
He paused in odd places, especially when moving from quoted text to narrative. His voice was so monotone I couldn't finish a book I very much wanted to.
Any additional comments?
Read this in print; the audiobook isn't worth your money or credit
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