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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.; 1 edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402203373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402203374
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A syndicated columnist for teens and young adults and the author of Campus Life Exposed, Cohen dishes commonsensical wisdom in "the first of what will be many editions of this book." Presumably, forthcoming editions will address the ever-evolving challenges of campus life (cyber-classrooms, perhaps?), but what's in this one will feel pretty familiar to anyone who attended college within the last 25 years. Tips include: be yourself, lock your door, set boundaries with your roommate, don't drink too much and be sensitive to others' differences. Cohen tackles the ins and outs of residence halls, student organizations, friendships, dating, drugs and money-oh, and he considers classes, too, though with perhaps with less enthusiasm (and certainly fewer pages) than he devotes to sex. Though he lists interesting statistics, additional resources and plenty of first-person letters from students seeking his advice, Cohen doesn't offer much that a reasonably intelligent college kid couldn't figure out on his or her own-but that may not be a weakness: "everything's going to be okay" could be just what a nervous first-year student needs to hear most.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 11 Up–A hilarious and truthful book that gives high school students a look at college life, beginning with "Arriving on Campus" and ending with "It's Almost Time to Say Goodbye." In between, Cohen covers homesickness, laundry, Greek life, sex ("Having It, Not Having It, Hearing Other People Having It"), alcohol, cafeteria food, roommates, making it to class on time (and what happens if you don't). The author talks frankly about "Hook Ups," "One-Night Stands," and STDs. Each topic includes a "Harlan Tip," accompanied by a true story from a college student. The advice is sound; the tone is light.–Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park High School, MD
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More About the Author

Harlan Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author of five books, a professional speaker, and a nationally syndicated advice columnist.

He is author of Getting Naked: Five Steps to Finding the Love of Your Life (While Fully Clothed & Totally Sober) (St. Martin's), The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Sourcebooks), The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only (Sourcebooks), Dad's Pregnant Too!: A guide for expectant fathers and their partners (Sourcebooks), The Naked Roommate's First Year Survival Workbook (Sourcebooks), and Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside (Peterson's).

Harlan has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs, including the Today Show. He has been featured as an expert offering advice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, Real Simple, Seventeen, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other publications. He is a professional speaker who has visited more than four hundred college campuses. His "Help Me, Harlan!" advice column is distributed by King Features Syndicate.

Harlan is a singer/songwriter best known for "The Chlamydia Jive." He is the founder of the websites www.HelpMeHarlan.com, www.NakedRoommate.com, www.GettingNakedExperiment.com, www.NakedRoommateForParents.com, and www.DadsPregnant.com,. You can follow him on Twitter @HarlanCohen and find him on Facebook at: Facebook.com/HelpMeHarlan. You can reach Harlan by e-mail at harlan@helpmeharlan.com. Harlan lives in Chicago, Illinois, and is married to his wife, who rejected him via an online dating site before falling in love with him following an unexpected encounter at Mailboxes Etc..

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The book is very well written.
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That was last year, and this year I saw it everywhere!
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If you want a good college guide book this is it.
Tammy Hayes

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tinnin on March 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Harlan Cohen is an advice columnist and speaker for college campuses. The Naked Roommate is one of the best and most practical college advice guide's I've read. The tips are based on questions actual students have asked, actual students have provided real-world advice on, and Cohen has added his professional perspective on as well.

Cohen and Sourcebooks are launching an on-line companion site, [...] that I look forward to visiting.

The first, very crucial tip (and a staple in Cohen's campus addresses) is: "Relax. Have fun. Enjoy it all. Your job is simple: be your best, meet lots of people, make new friends, make smart decisions, possibly find a career, possibly find love, and take risk after risk after risk so that you can figure out what you love and what you don't love. If you do this, you'll leave college with more than a degree. You'll leave knowing what it takes for you to be happy."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sean J. Pierce on March 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I used this book in RA Trianing after learning about it at the ACUHO-I 2005 conference and meeting Harlan in person. The staff loved the book, and it has a lot of great examples and speaks well regarding University resources for students to seek out and utilize. The book was so well-liked, that I bought a copy for each of the RA Staff members for International RA Recognition Day in February 2006!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Katz on June 30, 2006
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It would have been less stressful. The book is very well written. Easy to read and follow. It flows well from topic to topic. It's engaging and truthful without being patronizing to the reader. Gives great tips on how to handle, approach and deal with most everything one can and will encounter during their years in college. It's also very real, because Harlan Cohen has students themselves sharing their experiences. A must read for every student headed for college.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Library on August 8, 2005
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I was a teacher for four years and was always on the lookout for a book to give to my graduating students (the ones I liked at least) that wasn't sappy or over-the-top inspirational. Sadly, I never found one that fit the bill. That's why I wish this book had been written back then. Now that I'm no longer teaching, I have found The Naked Roommate, a book that is practical, funny, and encouraging without being cheezy. I definitely recommend this for people going off to college and people looking for a gift to give someone going off to college.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Hayes on May 5, 2006
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This book is extremely well written and it is clear the author (Harlan Cohen) has experience in this field and has done the appropriate research to be and expert.

That being said this book does contribute itself to the pile of books before it that are categorized as "college guides". "Be careful using a credit card", "you're on your own now that you're at college", "beware long distance relationships", etc. This are some pretty cliche terms typical in any "college guide-book". Albeit students need guidence when going to college they are better off reading a book like The Power of Focus for College Students which is a book with much more valuable content for the student reader.

If you want a good college guide book this is it. If you want more, then this isn't it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Collegemom65 on March 8, 2005
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Having two kids in college and one getting ready to go away to school next fall, I've read all these types of books. This one is by far the best of the best. I loved the stories from real students and Harlan has a great sensibility and sense of humor. I couldn't have said it better. This is sure to become the book on college life and teenage life. For other parents, like me, who read Charlotte Simmons, The Naked Roommate is the real story. Read this one. It's non-fiction and it will help you sleep at night.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniella Mom of 3 on July 10, 2006
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I should start off by saying that I've bought The Naked Roommate for my son, my son's friends, my nephews, my nieces, and for my friends' children and a few friends (they were having a tough time dealing with the college transition). Every single person who has picked it up has raved about it. The book captures the essense of college life in a way that is rarely seen and heard. I just heard through my nephew that it's being used as required reading on his friend's colleges. I was familiar with the author from his advice column, and appreciate his style of writing. I'm also a fan website(thenakedroommate.com) an online forum for the book. I found the title after I came across a rave review by the New England Board of Higher Education (I'm a teacher). That was last year, and this year I saw it everywhere! But I saw it first! Anyone who has something disparaging to say about this book, clearly has not read the book or has some other motive. In conclusion, this book is smart, funny, witty, extremely well researched, on the the best book out there for students, parents, educators, and anyone who wants to know about college life. I can't wait for his next. I'm sold.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hoosier Guy on April 11, 2005
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I've been reading Harlan's column in my college newspaper for the past few years. There is no one who is more knowledgeable or in touch with college students - anyone who says differently is out of touch with college students. As a fellow writer and third year college student, I can appreciate all the research that went into this book. I do have one big problem with The Naked Roommate, it wasn't around when I started college.
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