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The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Paperback – April 1, 2009
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"Cohen's work comes in handy when you run into sticky situations - like being sexiled. Cohen goes far beyond the academics and discusses roommates, homesickness, Greek life, and other essential facts of college life." - Recreational Reading
"The Naked Roommate is a book of 107 tips of issues that you may run into during the college life. I skimmed through the book, read the tips and the stories behind them and then passed it on to my roommate and anyone else who wants to read the hilarious and helpful tips that are inside.
" - Western Courier
"Touching on real subjects such as high school sweet hearts and new relationships, "The Naked Roommate" takes you through each problem under the sun. It was fun enough to read as a sophomore and finding stories that I could relate to as well.
Being college is still new to a lot of freshmen who are still trying to adjust to campus life, I would recommend "The Naked Roommate" to help you through all your troubles." - GADaily.com
"The Naked Roommate offers teens a reality check with a candid take on the joys and challenges of college life and strategies for success, both academically and socially." - Family Times
"Harlen Cohen might be the best sociologist for the college environment alive today. His advice is timely, well-considered, and based on real life scenarios that happen when you are away at university." - 30 Year-Old Freshman
About the Author
Harlan Cohen is one of the most widely read and respected syndicated advice columnists for people in their teens and twenties. His column, "Help Me, Harlan!," is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Harlan regularly tours high school and college campuses giving presentations to students, professionals and parents. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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The books' terrific. Super easy to read and if chapters don't apply to you, easy to skim or pick up on the authors key points that he highlights at the end of each chapter. Thouh 108 Chapters seem like a lot, each is short and written in a easy to read fashion and always starting with a terrific story/example of the contents of the chapter.
The book is written with the college freshman in mind, but very appropriate for the parents of the college freshman too. Frankly, my wife and I compared notes and amazing how many of the examples used in the book happened with each of us. It's the real nature of each story and chapter that makes the book terrific. I even transferred my freshman year for many reasons, but fell in love with college my last 3 years and went to graduate school and loved that too. Harlan, sound like you?
I could go on and on about what's good, but strongly recommend for those students about to go off on the big journey and want something "out of the box" and for parents who want some thoughts on what your college bound child will be facing.
--Harlan Cohen is the narrator in this book (as well as the narrator, obviously), and there are times when he is very annoying. He does a lot of plugging for his other books/resources and refers to his Facebook page far too often.
--There are a lot of tips in this book that are repetitive. That's not necessarily bad, since the information is useful, but the book could stand to be condensed.
Other than those small problems, I really enjoyed this book. A lot of the information is common sense, but that's the point. Harlan really hammered a few points, like joining extracurricular activities. College is overwhelmingly new, and in that kind of situation, it is easy to forget common sense tactics. I loved the student stories and the tiny student blurbs. They were honest, and so was Harlan. The book took a candid but responsible approach to drug, alcohol, and sex, not to mention laundry, studying, and the Freshman 15.