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New House 5: How a dorm becomes a home [Kindle Edition]

Andy Butler
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to New House 5. Yes, it's the top floor of a brand new dormitory at a prestigious university. But it's also something much more. For fifty-six freshmen, it's home. It's a place where friends are made and doors are always open. It's a place where hearts are broken and tears are shed. And for Andy Butler, it's the best story about friendship he has ever known.

Andy is the resident assistant for New House 5, and it's his responsibility to bring the floor together, to support everyone, through their triumphs and through their letdowns. Join Andy as he shows how New House 5 becomes a family and then falls apart when hidden problems come to light. Watch as these students try to overcome their flaws and fears to create a bond so special that nothing can pull them apart. Not even themselves.

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About the Author

Andy Butler currently works at consumer products company Procter & Gamble, based in Cincinnati, OH. Andy studied economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, andNew House 5 was inspired by Andy's experiences as a resident assistant. Originally from Hamlin, NY, Andy is an avid fan of Syracuse University basketball and the Buffalo Bills.

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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-hand account from one who has seen it all April 13, 2006
Format:Paperback
Many parents sending their newly grown-up children away to college for the first time simply have no idea what being a freshman is really like these days. The freshmen themselves may have expectations and anxieties, but are almost as clueless as their parents are. New House 5: How a Dorm Becomes a Home gives insight for all into the true experiences of college students, and manages to be at once compelling, touching, and humorous.

The book is well-written and surprisingly easy to follow, considering the number of characters involved (more than fifty) and their complicated relationships. It is the characters themselves who make it great: their fears, their mistakes, their triumphs belong to every young adult who has lived the college life. Though the emotions and ordeals are common, the characters themselves are not generic; from the start it is clear that Butler has the greatest respect and love for them. His own personality shines through his writing, and he becomes your own personal RA and friend, calling you "dude" and "buddy" while you chill on his maroon futon. And what a story he has to tell you.

While some might criticize New House 5 for being preachy or too good to be true, the advice offered is heartfelt and the hindsight analysis helpful, especially for a reader considering taking on an RA position in the future. This is an impressive first book with the potential to reach diverse audiences.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D August 9, 2007
Format:Paperback
As a former RA at the same "Ashford" University, this book hits close to home. While I was not an RA for the same dorm as Andy, a lot of situations are similar, and it made me realize how lucky I was that I didn't have to go through as much drama as he did.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been or is ever thinking about becoming a RA. It provides extremely helpful insight on what a successful RA should be like, and how to build and learn from your floor and what it really means to have a community. It would help any freshman students too during their freshman year realize that everything doesn't work out necessarily like you plan, you can't just forget your past when you go to college if you want to, but you can overcome these things and that's what college is about.

Bottom Line: Andy Butler is the shiznit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New House 5: How a Dorm Becomes a Home May 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
Reading "New House 5: How a Dorm Becomes a Home" made me feel rather nostalgic for college and dorm life. I spent four years living in a dorm, yet I never experienced anything like the community Andy and his residents created. Part of that was my own reluctance to get involved -- I was the typical loner, against "fake friendship", just like some of the students in this book. But I also think that communities like this don't come along every day in dorms, and that New House 5 was special.

Looking back at my college career, I can't remember the names of any of my RAs. But I will remember Andy's name. His tone was somewhat preachy at times, but I could tell he cared about each of his residents, and just wanted the best for them. The dialogue stood out to me too -- there were a lot of "dudes" and "mans," and that seemed a bit fake, but that could just be Andy's natural way of speaking.

Sometimes it was hard to keep track of all the residents. Instead of trying to tell a story about each of the fifty-six residents on his floor, Andy focused on a few, which was a smart move. I still got mixed up because some of the names were very similar, and in that, I wish he would have chosen different names for the students. A list of students and a one sentence summary for each would be a nice addition to the book, like a dramatis personae.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Once I got into it, I wanted to keep reading, to find out what happened to each resident. I think "New House 5" would be a great read for freshmen about to start college, who may be worried about dorm life. I know I was scared about living in a dorm, because I'd never lived with anyone other than my parents, and I didn't have many friends in high school.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about Dorm life? April 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story about one Resident Assistant and his memoirs from his freshman year of college. It contains several different anecdotes about the people on his dorm floor and the encounters they have together. Stories that include drinking, stress, suicide, making friends and enemies.
All of the things that most college catalogs do not contain, the ins and outs of what it's like to live in a co-ed dorm.
As RA he is a confidant and counselor -like figure for the other students to come to with problems and concerns about pretty much anything.
This is a book I would recommend to High School students, those who are considering moving away to college or even Freshman's in college. Several anecdotes are inspirational and can help readers build some confidence in the fact that your never alone. There is always a good time to make new friends and that you can always find friends in places you never realized. And that no matter what you maybe feeling you are not alone and new experiences and people can be a very good thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really great one March 8, 2006
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. Andy has a great grasp on College and what a first year hall is all about. The details and ways that he portrays the character are accurate, deep, multidimensional and compelling. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I recommend it to anyone, college or not.
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More About the Author

Andy Butler currently works at consumer products company Procter & Gamble, based in Cincinnati, OH. He lives with his girlfriend, their dog Riley, and their leopard gecko Potato.

Andy studied economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally from Hamlin, NY, Andy is an avid fan of Syracuse University basketball and the Buffalo Bills.

The "non-fiction novel" New House 5 was inspired by Andy's experiences as a resident assistant at Carnegie Mellon. www.newhouse5.com


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