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"Where have you gone Holden Caulfield ?",
This review is from: Joe College: A Novel (Paperback)
Tom Perrotta's "Joe College" depicts dorm living, cafeteria dining, townie problems and summer job doldrums that surround college life about as honestly as any writer who dared to reveal those experiences to unwitting parents. "Joe College" lives where it happens for the 18-22 year olds today. "Joe College" is the moniker many a male student has been dubbed with during spring breaks and summer vacations working at jobs that pay for books and pocket money by those guys we all know. Perrotta's novel is a humorous and fun to read memoir of one Joe College's experiences at New Haven's Ivy League campus and behind the wheel of his dad's lunch wagon during breaks.
Behind the humor and tongue-in cheek criticism of post secondary education, "Joe College" offers a glimpse into the myriad of issues faced by college students living away from home for the first time. There are the social circles to avoid, parties to attend, high school sweethearts left behind, alcohol and drug issues, relationship and commitment issues and somewhere there are the academic reasons for attending college lurking in the shadows. Perrotta guides the main character Danny, aka Joe College, through situation after situation, sometimes humbled, other times confused.
I enjoyed this book immensely. While it conjured up certain memories better forgotten, it reminded me of a time in life when the day's issues seemed so important, people seemed so energetic and friendships were built so strong that they would last for a lifetime. Buy a copy of Perrotta's novel and then call your old roommate.