How I Paid for College
On a totally different note, I just finished How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater. Damn good book for me. The author, Marc Acito, did a fantastic job of making his book a page turned while also sending a really meaningful lesson to me. Imagine the book form of Orange County or something. I don't read a whole lot of books, so I was concerned that this one would just sit on my shelf for years. But instead, I finished it in, like, a week or so.
The story is about this kid who wants to go to Julliard but can't anymore since his really rich father remarried a bitchy Austrian chick. It's all about experiemntation and becoming a more mature person, even though the things the characters participate in are not seen as "mature" by all. I love how, in the end, the guy says that he doesn't need to go to Julliard anymore (like in Orange County), but then he takes it one step further. He says that he feels nothing. Or rather, nothingness. I love that part because it's totally what I've been feeling recently. I just want to be happy and have my friends be happy too. The choices I've made are not what mature people would always dub as "mature," but I don't want to take them back. A it was with the novel's protagonist, those experiences made me grow, and that is too meaningful to me (and him.)
Buy the book at Amazon and tell me what you think of it. It won't ever become a classic because it's too up on modern times and too hip, if you will, but it certainly made me feel good finishing it.
Also, check out this cute little animated excerpt from the book here.
And they want to make it into a movie. I'd watch it ...