From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up-Hart Fox is in line for admission to the prestigious Ivy League college, Stutts. What he doesn't count on is the power of money. When the local millionaire's dunce of a son elbows him out of the running, Hart has no choice but to accept a deal. He gets a full ride to Stutts in exchange for taking the dunce's classes on top of his own. Of course, the deal backfires, but with the help of his vampire girlfriend, his wheelchair-bound genius roommate, and the staff of the college humor magazine, Hart just may come out on top. At times it is clear that Gerber intends this work as satire-Stutts is a hybrid of all that is bizarre about the Ivy League, from Animal House to secret societies. At times the narrative borders on the absurd-what is the point of the vampire, anyway? And at times he gives readers a touchingly humorous look at college life. On the whole, this title may appeal to college-bound students, particularly boys who are otherwise too busy to read for fun.-Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO
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Gr. 10-12. Hart Fox's grades and SAT scores prove that he is a worthy pick for prestigious Stutts University, but Michigan gubernatorial candidate (and Stutts alum) Burlington Darling III buys his son Trip's admission, pushing Hart out of his spot. To keep his inept son from ruining his campaign, Darling offers to pay Hart's tuition--provided he takes Trip's classes and
keeps him out of trouble. Gerber, the author of the Barry Trotter parodies, delivers plenty of sophomoric humor (Hart is majoring in the Study of Things), while still managing to illuminate the truths of the freshman college experience, complete with footnotes. Hart's struggle to find his place in Stutts' elite world is aided by a vampire girlfriend, a wheelchair-bound friend with enough gadgets to make James Bond envious, and a job at a magazine. Even when the plot plummets into the absurd (the Comma Comma Apostrophe fraternity's murder plot against Hart), older teens will enjoy the perverse peek at post-high-school life. Cindy DobrezCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved