How I Paid for College

How I Paid for College

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A deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenagera€™s larcenous quest for his acting school tuition Ita€™s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Buellera€“type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief. The fun comes to a halt, however, when Edwarda€™s father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard. Edwarda€™s truly in a bind. Hea€™s ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. Hea€™s unable to contact his mother because shea€™s somewhere in Peru trying to commune with Incan spirits. And, as a sure sign hea€™s destined for a life in the arts, Edwarda€™s incapable of holding down a job. So he turns to his loyal (but immoral) misfit friends to help him steal the tuition money from his father, all the while practicing for his high school performance of Grease. Disguising themselves as nuns and priests, they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail. But, along the way, Edward also learns the value of friendship, hard work, and how youa€™re not really a man until you can beat up your fathera€”metaphorically, that is. How I Paid for College is a farcical coming-of-age story that combines the first-person tone of David Sedaris with the byzantine plot twists of Armistead Maupin. It is a novel for anyone who has ever had a dream or a scheme, and it marks the introduction to an original and audacious talent.a€œYoua#39;re going to add a two before the three and turn it into a twenty-three week gym excuse, which is exactly how many weeks there are left in the school year.a€ a€œ Who the hell ever heard of a twenty-three week excuse?a€ he says. a€œDona#39;t you thinkanbsp;...

Title:How I Paid for College
Author: Marc Acito
Publisher:Broadway Books - 2004-09-07

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