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"At times ribald, mischievous, and gross, DC Trip is never cynical, and it even occasionally gently tweaks its own lefty identity politics. The book deserves to be counted among Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, King Dork, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower as...novels that have raised the...bar by not insulting their target audiences, while still feeling universally relevant enough to make a man in his late thirties laugh out loud while reading it on the New York City subway.” ―Reason.com

* STARRED REVIEW: “This is a light yet deep novel that looks at the intricacies of both high school cliques and adult relationships. A fantastic add to fiction collections, this would be a great YA crossover for older teens (profanity and sexual situations are dealt with very well).” – School Library Journal

"The perfect, frothy blend of teen angst, adult drama, and whip-smart social commentary. This novel is a trip in every sense." - Diablo Cody, Academy Award Winning writer of JUNO, and author of Candy Girl.

"DC Trip is the adult book about high school you never knew you needed.” --Playboy

“DC Trip is smart, funny, sexy, and sweet. Sara Benincasa has written a hilarious, big-hearted novel about an essential high school experience.” - Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Little Children

"I’m an expert on the subject of girls, being married to one, having dated several, and now the father of a tween. As an expert, I can tell you with absolutely certainty that Sara Benincasa has being a young female down. She is hilarious and insightful and smart - all traits the ladies I love share, although DC Trip transcends gender. I read and loved it and I’m a BOY!!! (A very famous and attractive boy.)" -- Michael Ian Black, comedian

"The hilarious Benincasa's second book will give you all the field trip feelings (which, let's face it, are some of the strongest feelings humans ever experience). The protagonist is a new teacher daunted by the wild high schoolers she's chaperoning in the nation's capital―among her charges are three sophomores full of the spunk and daring inspired by being away from home for the first time. " --Glamour Magazine

“Like a crazier Tina Fey.” - LA Weekly on Sara Benincasa

“Benincasa...creates situations that are jarringly outlandish, but still believable enough to be hilarious…A breezy, charming novel." -- BUST Magazine

"Sara Benincasa's D.C. Trip is as wicked, dirty, funny and surprisingly poignant as her comedy. It's a wild, hilarious, and very grown-up ride into the world of teenagers and the adults charged with their care. Read it and laugh your ass off." -- Jill Soloway, creator of Golden Globe-award winning series "Transparent"

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“Like Amy Schumer on meth!” --acclaimed author and screenwriter Richard Price on Sara Benincasa
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Adaptive Books (November 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996066632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996066631
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dave Astle VINE VOICE on November 4, 2015
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This book was seriously hilarious. I hope they make it into a movie and somehow make the movie as good as the book. D.C. Trip is full of horrible teenage girls, underage drinking, accidental drug use, public bathroom BJs, many f-words, and all kinds of inappropriate behavior, which is part of what makes it so good. It made me wish I was a teenager again so I could get in the kind of trouble that makes a great story to tell the grandkids but doesn't do any lasting damage.
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A trip to our nation’s capital city is a rite of passage for many American schoolchildren. I sold candy bars and wrapping paper to offset the cost of a sixth grade trip in 1991. Now, given that the internet was not invented yet, and we had not been emboldened by social media, I cannot report any shenanigans aside from eating handful of salt at a suburban Virginia Chi-Chi’s. When I received an opportunity to read Sara Benincasa’s new novel D.C. Trip, I was very excited. A group of high school students with only two chaperones- what could possibly go wrong?

Three of the students- Gertie, Rachel, and Sivan- are determined to sneak out and have a wild adventure, especially after they find out that Gertie’s crush from summer camp is also on a school trip to Washington. There’s only problem with this: their rivals are determined to stop them.

Chaperone Alicia signs up for the trip after she finds out that her faculty crush is the other chaperone. Alicia and Bryan had a disastrous encounter at the beginning of the school year, and they have been awkwardly avoiding each since then. Could there possibly be a better meet cute than chaperoning a bunch of teenagers determined to break the rules?

If I say anything more about the plot, I’ll begin to give away spoilers. This book is best enjoyed if you know as little as possible about what actually transpires over the course of this book. All that you need to know is that this book is hilarious. Many of the situations are over the top, and that is the intention. Think of your favorite R rated comedy, and convert it to book form. That’s what D.C. Trip is. It’s one big literary R rated comedy.

I would recommend D.C. Trip. Sara Benincasa has a wicked sense of humor, and that is reflected in this book.
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I bought this because I follow the author on Twitter.

I have bought several books because of twitter people. It has been, let me tell you, hit or miss.

I thought I would try this one out though I had the idea it wasn’t really my demographic. I thought it was YA (The author was nice enough to talk to me a bit on twitter after I had read it and disabused me of the notion that the book was YA – just because it was about teenagers mostly, it wasn’t necessarily YA).

The thing is that genre classifications here don’t really matter. It’s a good book, full stop. The story is some kids from Jersey go to DC and find themselves. It could be the recipe for formulaic emptiness, but of the four main characters of the book, they are deep and interesting and you care about their growth and development. You end up rooting for them. It is well paced to the point it feels a bit cinematic with a larger arc with some smaller embedded arcs. If it is not on its way to being a movie yet, it should be.

My only worry is that some of the secondary characters are a little flat. The love interests are one-dimensional, and the rivals of the central group of girls are a bit stereotypical, but the central characters are so strong so this both erases that to me (even if the secondary flatness is only visible because of direct comparison to these central characters – it’s a paradox). This is a definite recommendation on my part, even if you may not think it is your demographic, it is. The last time I really felt this way was 12 year ago, reading the great Julianna Baggott’s “Girl Talk” in its bright pink cover.
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I found this a cute and enjoyable read, although it's probably a bit too debauched to be enjoyed by some readers, and a little too sappy to be considered great literature. It's strength is its depiction of the emotional turmoil and relationships between the characters, it's weakness is the endless series of happy coincidences and endings to situations that just as easily could turn into disasters. I wish some parts of the world were as depicted in this story, but I have been around too long to sustain that fantasy. It was an enjoyable diversion, however.
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DC Trip is an interesting book. It reads like a young adult novel intended for adults, with moments and dialogue that seem to be a perfect fit for a Mean Girls type of film and then all of a sudden, switches gears at intervals to make way for moments of explicit sexual details that make the read a bit jarring at times. It's kind of like Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great with sex and frank discussions about the subject thrown into it.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not some kind of prude and I love that kind of stuff but it almost feels out of place in the book due to the way the book reads for the majority of it. I'd be a fool to say that today's teens don't talk the way that the teens in this tale do (and even worse, I'm sure... I mean, I WAS a teen myself way back when) but if you're easily horrified at the idea of teens eating pot cookies or talking about sex in any way, shape or form, you may want to rethink this one.

Now while I wouldn't necessarily say that the general subject matter of this book is the kind of thing that I gravitate towards, I found Ms. Benincasa's writing to be refreshing and above all, very honest. You get the feeling that a lot of what you're reading is coming direct from the author's heart and soul and as corny as that sounds, it made me feel more involved with what was happening and the characters themselves, who are all endearing in their own individual ways. I put this book down feeling like I had a good sense of what the author must be like in real life and judging from her Twitter account, I don't think I'm off the mark on that observation at all.

If it sounds like I'm confused, I'll be honest with you and say that I am. I can truly say that I've never read a book quite like this one.
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