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The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Paperback – April 1, 2011

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"Cohen tries to ease that transition by offering humorous insight and wisdom on subjects ranging from the titular naked roommate to drugs and alcohol use." - Journal Star

"A handy guide for those who may be starting college in the fall...Cohen does a great job of offering honest advice to young adults. He covers everything from the residence halls to study habits to friendships, money, drugs and alcohol." - Ashland Daily Tidings

"The essential tome for students preparing for life on campus...true stories add humor and and poignancy to the tips." - Gatehouse News Service

"This book for future college students includes upfront advice and tips on life in the residence hall, homesickness, roommates, friendship, college activities, Greek life, studying, relationships, drinking and drugs, money, sexual assault, and much, much more! These 500 pages include true stories from college students, tips, facts, and cautions for a comprehensive guidebook to college life. A handy index allows students to jump to the topic they need." - Susan Heim on Parenting

"In this update of the 2009 edition, an advice columnist for young people and their parents provides facts and tips on things not typically mentioned in college brochures such as homesickness and depression, naughty or nasty roommates, fraternities and sororities, drinking and drugs, and living on a student budget." - BOOK NEWS

"Harlan Cohen does an excellent job conveying all of the important aspects of college life in this easy to navigate book. He writes in such a way that the reader does not feel as though he or she just reading just another self-help book. Cohen utilizes stories from actual students, faculty and staff to carefully craft his fun and witty narratives and give real world examples for each chapter and section." - NACAC

"A humorous yet helpful look at what students should be prepared to encounter in college. From friendship issues to alcohol and drugs, this book tells students what to expect on campus and how to handle the bumps." - Go Local Prov

"Get the scoop on how to handle some of the issues you might encounter in college – and get a good laugh" - Newsday

"Sound advice for students gearing up for campus life. Issues range from humorous to serious, with useful stories and tips from students themselves.

" - Sacramento Bee

"His advice is honest and unprejudiced, delivered in a way that many students cannot get from other sources like family and friends, who might sugarcoat things in an attempt to calm nerves. Don't let the heftiness of the book scare you. Because it is a guidebook, it doesn't have to be read in order. Readers can take their time with it, knowing that it will be well spent." - The Choice (NYTimes)

"Harlan Cohen takes these classic issues and addresses them with loads of wit. From moving in to moving out, Cohen gives pre-collegiettes a comical, behind-the-scenes look at college. Once you read this prep book, you'll feel as if you've already been to college (without the experiences, pictures, and collegiette swag to prove it). " - Her Campus

"Speaking with a just-right mix of humor and authority, Cohen introduces newbie college students to the nitty-gritty of life on campus with advice on dealing with roommates (naked and otherwise), managing finances, going to (and missing) class, navigating the pitfalls of sex and drugs, and other important topics. " - School Library Journal

About the Author

Harlan Cohen's syndicated advice column for people in their teens and twenties, Help Me, Harlan!, is distributed by King Features Syndicate, and appears in papers such as the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and the Seattle Times. Harlan tours college campuses giving presentations to orientation groups. He lives in Chicago, IL.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 4 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140225346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402253461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The summer before my senior year of high school my mom and I were bumbling through a bookstore when she saw this--and couldn't help herself. Completely as a joke, she bought it. We had a good laugh before I shelved it on the bookcase in my room and never thought twice. One night, however, shortly after submitting my application to my first choice college, I decided to pick it up and just started reading. I can honestly say, this is by far the best college advice guide I've read--and I've read plenty. Harlan combines the funny with the serious incredibly well while still painting a picture of college life. He walks that perfect line between having real college student voices while still having his own knowledgeable voice there to comment. His humor is dry, but had me in stitches. He is incredibly down to earth, and I really liked that he doesn't take anything too seriously, except what truly needs to be. Perhaps best of all, his tips are actually relevant and useful without being completely remedial. I will definitely be using several of his tips this fall that I never would have thought of on my own.
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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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Recieved for my son's highschool graduation. Very practical, useful, funny and hits about anything you can think of.... BEFORE it happens to you! :) Really clever. We've purchsed several now for others going on the college venture!
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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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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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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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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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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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