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Did I mention the sex? By the end of the book, the teenage characters are so liberated that they'd probably find an evening at Studio 54 slightly mundane. All kinds of interesting scenarios arise when Ed Zanni, a bisexual high-school drama club star from suburban New Jersey, is denied tuition to Julliard by his well-to-do father and wicked step mother. Fortunately his close friends, Paula (ample of body, unlucky in love), Kelly (Ed's cheerleader girlfriend), Doug (his football player love interest), Natie (a nerd with a gift for white-collar crime) and Ziba, (a regal, Middle Eastern beauty), are very willing to engage in fraud, forgery, and blackmail to help him pay for drama school. Ah, high school.
Despite the naughty bits, How I Paid for College is actually rather sweet. Set in high school as it is, Acito's book is somewhat reminiscent of young adult fiction. Yes, there's a lot more homoerotica than the Sweet Valley High series could have prepared readers for, but still it reminds one of those early days--full of tragedy and disappointment--and yet safely nestled in a time of life before real tragedy and disappointment usually set in. It's easy to forget this is a book for adults... until the three-ways commence. And a fast-moving, light-hearted story with three-ways? Well, entertainment-wise, readers could do a lot worse. --Leah Weathersby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was a little thrown by the fact that the protagonist self-identified as bisexual - admittedly it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rocky Sunico
It reach my address well, according to my expectation, but the package little bit broken. Is it because of the sending or opened by someone?Published 7 months ago by Helmi
I really like a book that has me laughing out loud like I did with this one. Goofy characters and situations make for that.Published 15 months ago by Robert Clever
This really is a high school novel but very open in its acceptance of all sorts of people and lifestyles. It's the love of people and stories and theater that comes through most.Published 15 months ago by Pam Freshney
This tells the hilarious story of an aspiring actor/singer securing his place at Juillard, after his father denies him tuition money for anything other than "Business. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kelley Hickey
Very funny book, also very touching. My only criticism is that in a couple of places it is slightly more than R-rated, which makes it hard for me to recommend it for the young... Read morePublished 17 months ago by 2much2do
I was browsing my friend's bookshelves when I found an ORANGE book spine and cover. Orange is my totem color (if you can have a totem animal, why not a power color? Read morePublished 20 months ago by Denise Weeks
I wasn't sure I if this book would be way past my age barrier (in the 50's here). However, it made me smile and bring back memories of long ago. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. P. Taflinger
This book has made me just feel great, there are highs and lows, but in the end I feel like a better personPublished 22 months ago by Alexander W. King