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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College [Kindle Edition]

David Borgenicht , Joshua Piven , Jennifer Worick
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The college years are a time of noble pursuit of knowledge, self-betterment—and unending peril! Students are at risk from the moment they receive their acceptance letters. Fortunately, the authors of the phenomenally best-selling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series have come to the rescue, offering all-new, hands-on, step-by-step instructions for surviving the worst that higher education has to offer, on campus and off. Learn how to identify a party school, engineer a hookup, survive "the spins," and escape a stadium riot. Discover the best way to sleep in class, pass a test you haven't studied for, avoid the "freshman fifteen," and pull an all-nighter. With practical advice for avoiding laundry and identifying unsafe institutional food, along with an appendix of excuses for missed deadlines and a back-up diploma, this is truly required reading for all college students—and a perfect high school graduation present.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Filled with cheeky but practical solutions to just about any problem a college student could face, this slender volume opens with an ominous warning: "when a life is imperiled or a dire situation is at hand, safe alternatives may not exist." Nonetheless, many of the situations it tackles are far from life threatening; how to avoid doing laundry, how to pull an all-nighter and how to identify bad cafeteria food are among them. Its advice on choosing a school and surviving dorm bathrooms ("never touch the floor with your bare feet") clearly suggests that it was produced by a team who knows that of which they write. And the detailed primer on making it through the travails of college partying—with tips on how to avoid a nightmare hookup—isn’t there just for effect: it includes serious counsel like "Do not let a stranger get a drink for you" and "Clear the potential hook-up with a trusted friend." All in all, this is a handy reference to have while at college, and would make useful required reading for first-year students.
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About the Author

Jennifer Worick graduated from a kick-ass Big 10 school, surviving numerous pints of peach schnapps and countless walks of shame. Co-author of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex, she lives in Philadelphia. Go Blue!

Joshua Piven graduated from a large Ivy League university in underr five years. He owes everything to his English professors, who choose to remain anonymous. Co-author, with David Borgenicht, of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, he lives in Philadelphia.

David Borgenicht has survived dozens of collegiate nightmares, including the one where you wake up naked in the middle of an Art History exam that you haven't studied for. He now lives a stable, adult life in Philadelphia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1590 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (April 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SXOL4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What teachers' don't tell you. April 26, 2004
I felt this book was a fairly quick read. I read it in one night.
Its funny, and gives you many good tips from how to choose the perfect mattress to how to avoid the walk of shame.
A lot of it were some good points how to know if your school is right for you, when are the best days for visiting.
If you were to read this book I would reccommend spending an hour at Barnes and Nobles and reading. I mean its good, but that $14 could have been spent somewhere else.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If you've never read a Worst-Case Scenario book before, read one. Each one is highly irreverent in its own way. This one has practical advice like "How to Ask Your Parents for Money" and "How to Avoid Going to the Wrong College", but also has goofy sections like "How to Put Out a Microwave Fire".

Even the goofy sections have practical advice, although hopefully your college student will never have to use it.

These books are a lot of fun. Check out the others, also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but light on practical info July 10, 2013
By Rachel
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I had (wrongly) assumed that because this book was part of the Worst-Case Scenario franchise that it would include the wealth of useful, practical information contained in the other books in the series. It does not. It is, however, an entertaining read -- among the suggestions for how to avoid doing laundry is to take a car filled with dirty laundry through an automated car wash, leaving the top and windows down; the tips on adjusting to a smaller living space include a pictogram how-to series for making a cushy beanbag-style chair out of a (massive) stack of dirty laundry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College July 13, 2010
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Purchased 3 copies to give as graduation presents. I could not personally verify the applicability of the information contained due to 50 years since MY college experiences. Gave all 3 copies at the same family function. The rest of the evening was spent by the kids and others going thru chapter by chapter. Simply stated, the book was a great hit.
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1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money July 4, 2014
By Shelby
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I can't believe I paid ten bucks for this... I actually thought it would contain serious advice and didn't realize it was a joke book until after I bought it. It was really short and not even that funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars daughter heading to college March 20, 2014
By Karen
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In 2 yrs daughter is going to college. Wanted something fun for her to read. Relax with, laugh with. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift August 17, 2013
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We give this book every year to our young employees going away to college. They love it, The college students with experience living at school say it's really true. Funny, and good advice. I just won't get into which is which!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! April 10, 2013
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My daughter enjoyed giving this book to friends of hers when they graduated from high school - she enjoyed it herself when she graduated!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
I bought this as a gift and only read a little bit but the parts I did read were funny.
Published 18 months ago by tjb
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so useful
It's not really a useful book. Really no good information in it. It is mostly a lame attempt at snarky humor. Should be filed under humor rather than college guidance.
Published on December 31, 2011 by Marty
2.0 out of 5 stars Just...mostly dumb
I read the reviews for this before I purchased it for my Kindle. I was excited to start reading some of this advice, but once I started, I wondered why I even bothered buying this. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by cagzgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of good advice and funny suggestions
You've got a bottle of Corona and no opener. What do you do. What DO you do?

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook gives you multiple suggestions for averting this... Read more
Published on April 30, 2010 by R S Cobblestone
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute graduation present
This a good graduation present, with money, of course. It is lighthearted, and may have some helpful tips.
Published on August 24, 2009 by Catherine M. Brooks-fava
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great high school graduation gift for anyone that's sure to be a hit.
Published on June 3, 2009 by K. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars good/funny read
I got this for my nephew who just went to college and he has found it very funny. He likes all the survival books and he said that him and his friends at college like this one
Published on November 24, 2007 by S. Vos
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