Friday, July 1, 2011

Overlooked & Under-rated

Looking for the next Great Read? Look no further than Marc Acito's hilarious novel, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater! Set in suburban New Jersey, summer of 1983, this hidden gem introduces readers to the very likable Edward Zanni, a 17-year-old Theater Geek who dreams of attending the prestigious Julliard and someday making a name for himself. But for now he'll content himself with enjoying a Summer of Mischief and Mayhem with his quirky circle of friends. Edward's plans are thwarted when his money-obsessed father remarries and, thanks to the influence of the evil new stepmother, refuses to pay for Edward to go to college. Homeless, jobless, and, now, future-less, Edward turns to his friends. And they're happy to help. When Edward discovers his new stepmother has been embezzling money from his father, he and his friends devise an elaborate plot to steal said money back and use it to pay for Edward's continuing education. Because it's not really stealing if it's already stolen, right? Disguised as clergy and nuns, Edward and Co. visit Julliard and set up a scholarship with very specific requirements. Requirements only Edward could fill. Or so they thought. If things go wrong, and of course they do, they'll need a Plan B. And a Plan C. Over the course of this hilarious romp, Edward and friends blunder their way through money laundering, forgery, identity theft, blackmail, and other less-than-legal activities. They also learn the true meaning of friendship (awww!). Stop by the Teen Department and check this one out. You'll be glad you did! --AJL

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