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"Always remember, college is a joke," declares Karo, who chronicled his alcohol-soaked college experience in real time via a popular e-mail newsletter. Now a graduate, he's collected his Ruminations to provide the skinny on the rituals of drinking and to terrify anyone who thinks college is for learning. It will be fairly astonishing for some readers to read that the University of Pennslyvania, an Ivy League school, "has an obsession with naked men. If you get shut out in Beer Pong, you have to run naked" or that "the dry cleaners on campus suck. They're the worst. I wear a pair of khakis, I get some dirt on them, so I take them to the dry cleaners. You know what the guy says to me? 'I don't know if we can get this out.' What do you mean you don't know if you can get this out? It's dirt! What purpose do you serve?" After a several similar items, readers will be asking themselves the same question about this book-unless fresh from Beer Pong. Yet there's also an odd poignance to looking on as the clock ticks down Karo's seemingly endless free time.
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Taken from Karo's popular Web site, aaronkaro.com, Ruminations perfectly captures the college experience of a fun-loving student. Born out of e-mails University of Pennsylvania student Karo would send his friends about his collegiate escapades, the book details dorm life, how to navigate classes, and fraternities, among other aspects of college. Most of Karo's stories involve alcohol, and at one point he comments, "Hey, I've seen more ceilings than floors today!" He's dead-on when he writes about the many different types of people one encounters at college, from the types who carry gigantic backpacks to the ones who can't go anywhere alone. He doesn't take classes seriously, but somehow he ends up giving his class's commencement speech. It's easy to see why Karo's clever e-mails to his friends were widely circulated and eventually spawned his Web site. Though Karo takes partying to the extreme, and some of his comments about women are downright obnoxious, there's no denying that Karo presents an often-accurate and funny picture of college life. Kristine Huntley
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I bought this book in college and found it to be very entertaining. Now that I've been out of college for a few years I find myself reading through it less and less. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Holly Lauber
This book is not about college life. It is a bunch of short paragraphs. There are no real stories or real characters. Read morePublished on January 28, 2008 by Just Frank
I admire this kid for having enough business sense to get this little book published. No doubt he probably has wealthy, powerful parents. Read morePublished on October 18, 2005 by Jonesy
Very true stories about college life, my only complaint is that the book is too short. I found myself hi-liteing(sp) quotes in this book to share with friends later when I was... Read morePublished on March 4, 2005 by R. Benn
Meet Aaron Karo: Recovering Alcoholic. Honestly, that should have been the title of this book. Nearly 75% of this book is dedicated to stories of binge drinking, hedonism, and more... Read morePublished on June 6, 2004 by Lauren Pierce
if you go away to college then you will understand this book. i think it's great and i couldn't put it down until i was done. Read morePublished on June 5, 2003 by "jra185"
Karo is consistently amusing. As a college student, I object to his repetitive portrayal of his four-year keg party as something every college student aims for; actually, I thought... Read morePublished on March 16, 2003 by Jane
I would have liked to have slapped Aaron Karo while reading this book, but I was laughing too hard to keep my hand steady enough. Read morePublished on January 30, 2003 by Abigail E. Myers