How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater

Marc Acito

Published by Recorded Books, 2004
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Synopsis: From syndicated humor columnist Marc Acito comes a wildly inventive and hysterically funny novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fame, Risky Business, Dead Poets Society and The Catcher in the Rye. It's 1983, and 17-year-old Edward Zanni wants to study acting at Juilliard, but his newly remarried father - who earns too much for Edward to claim scholarship money - refuses to pay. So, Edward enlists the aid of his creative theater pals to swindle the money from his father.

Review: Columnist and first-time novelist Marc Acito has been called the "gay Dave Barry." But don't expect to find riffs on bad traffic, pirate-speak, and all-writer rock bands in Acito's debut, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater. As stated in the title, this book finds humor and adventure mainly in those topics that would most appeal to a stereotypically gay audience: musicals, piano bars, and sex, sex, sex.

Did I mention the sex? By the end of the book, the teenage characters are so liberated that they'd probably find an evening at Studio 54 slightly mundane. All kinds of interesting scenarios arise when Ed Zanni, a bisexual high-school drama club star from suburban New Jersey, is denied tuition to Julliard by his well-to-do father and wicked step mother. Fortunately his close friends, Paula (ample of body, unlucky in love), Kelly (Ed's cheerleader girlfriend), Doug (his football player love interest), Natie (a nerd with a gift for white-collar crime) and Ziba, (a regal, Middle Eastern beauty), are very willing to engage in fraud, forgery, and blackmail to help him pay for drama school. Ah, high school.

Despite the naughty bits, How I Paid for College is actually rather sweet. Set in high school as it is, Acito's book is somewhat reminiscent of young adult fiction. Yes, there's a lot more homoerotica than the Sweet Valley High series could have prepared readers for, but still it reminds one of those early days--full of tragedy and disappointment--and yet safely nestled in a time of life before real tragedy and disappointment usually set in. It's easy to forget this is a book for adults... until the three-ways commence. And a fast-moving, light-hearted story with three-ways? Well, entertainment-wise, readers could do a lot worse. --Leah Weathersby

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Title: How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, ...
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2004
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Book Description Recorded Books, United States, 2004. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. It s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller-type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief, sending underwear up flagpoles and rearranging lawn animals in compromising positions. The fun comes to a screeching halt, however, when Edward s father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard. In a word, Edward s screwed. He s ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. He s unable to contact his mother because she s somewhere in Peru trying to commune with the Incan spirits. And, in a sure sign he s destined for a life in the arts, Edward s incapable of holding down a job. (One little flesh wound on a Pekingese is all it takes to get fired as a dog groomer, even if you artfully arrange its hair so the scar doesn t show.) So Edward turns to his loyal (but immoral) misfit theater pals to help him steal the tuition money from his father. Disguising themselves as nuns and priests (because who s going to question the motives of a bunch of nuns and priests), they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail. Along the way Edward learns the value fo friendship, hard work and how you re not a man until you can beat up your father (metaphorically). How I Paid for College is a farcical coming-of-age story, as if The Catcher in the Rye was rewritten by David Sedaris and performed by the Fame kids. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781419302442

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Book Description Recorded Books, United States, 2004. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. It s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller-type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief, sending underwear up flagpoles and rearranging lawn animals in compromising positions. The fun comes to a screeching halt, however, when Edward s father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard. In a word, Edward s screwed. He s ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. He s unable to contact his mother because she s somewhere in Peru trying to commune with the Incan spirits. And, in a sure sign he s destined for a life in the arts, Edward s incapable of holding down a job. (One little flesh wound on a Pekingese is all it takes to get fired as a dog groomer, even if you artfully arrange its hair so the scar doesn t show.) So Edward turns to his loyal (but immoral) misfit theater pals to help him steal the tuition money from his father. Disguising themselves as nuns and priests (because who s going to question the motives of a bunch of nuns and priests), they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail. Along the way Edward learns the value fo friendship, hard work and how you re not a man until you can beat up your father (metaphorically). How I Paid for College is a farcical coming-of-age story, as if The Catcher in the Rye was rewritten by David Sedaris and performed by the Fame kids. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781419302442

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