From Publishers Weekly
"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 HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved