Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel [NOOK Book]

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What is the most effective way for a young man to live his life? This novel explores.
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Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel

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Overview

What is the most effective way for a young man to live his life? This novel explores.
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Goodreads.com - David King
I started reading “Almost Home” under the assumption that it would be a very sports centric novel & was therefore surprised to find out that it was actually much more than this. The plot has several twists & turns & explores the overall drama of college life with particular attention being paid to the more seedy aspects. I found the book to be cleverly written, fast paced & interesting in the way it explored multiple elements of college life, from the wild parties to life in the do
Amazon - Kathleen Maher
"Almost Home" by Frank Marcopolos is a fun and fast-paced novel about the seedy side of student life on a college campus in upstate New York--a netherworld, like any college town, where young adults create lives for themselves, yet are too young to realize the consequences of their actions.
The story is told in alternating voices between two players on the school's baseball team: Enzo, a one-time star pitcher who has taken to drinking heavily and seems destined to become...
Amazon - Caterina Mary
"Almost Home" is an intriguing novel with many twists and turns in the plot. Marcopolos sets his story in a small college town in upstate New York, a place where myself and a group of alumni and current students would recognize and identify with. The author takes the reader many places, from a wild frat party, to the baseball field, to college dorms, the University Campus, into town where the bar scene is teaming with under-aged, drunken students, to the frat house, and even explores places...
Amazon - Evan Clowdis
I didn't expect to like this book because I felt out of the `demographic', being in my mid-40's and grown away from the college scene for two decades. But aside from passing over the requisite expletives, I found myself interested and curious about these characters anyway, wanting to turn the page, needing to know how it all ends. Somehow, even though these are "jocks" and "frat boys" and such, there is enough individuality and space for unpredictability, a story worth listening to. I have to...
Amazon - Valerie Bowen
"Almost Home" by Frank Marcopolos is far from the average college based novel we are used to. Frank takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of two very different characters. One character (Barry Budski)being from a wealthy family spends his time finagling others to follow his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, while the other (Enzo Prinziatto) spends most of his time chasing after the girl of his dreams. Both characters are involved in the college baseball team, but clearly one is...
Goodreads.com - David King
I started reading “Almost Home” under the assumption that it would be a very sports centric novel & was therefore surprised to find out that it was actually much more than this. The plot has several twists & turns & explores the overall drama of college life with particular attention being paid to the more seedy aspects. I found the book to be cleverly written, fast paced & interesting in the way it explored multiple elements of college life, from the wild parties to life in the do
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014720663
  • Publisher: Whirligig Media
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 694 KB

Meet the Author

Frank Marcopolos writes. Far too much, probably. Frank also hosts a podcast about pressing literary matters entitled, "Saturday Show Podcast." It can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, or frankmarcopolos.com
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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    This novel has an interesting concept centering around Enzo Prin

    This novel has an interesting concept centering around Enzo Prinziatta and Barry Budiski, two college students that cross paths when Enzo falls for Barry’s girlfriend at a Halloween party. Swept up in lust as he chases Jenny, Enzo stumbles upon the death of a stripper in the fraternity house, unleashing a set of events that put Enzo and Barry into close contact throughout the rest of the novel. Readers feel the tension between the two males from the very first violent outbreak, and the tension remains high throughout the novel as it unfolds, crossing back and forth between the narration of Enzo and Barry, which gives readers a direct link to each as the plot thickens. I love this narration style as it generally allows me to connect even more with the characters, however, in this instance it had the opposite effect for me. The more I learned about the inner workings of the characters’ minds, the less I liked them—though no fault of the authors. Enzo seems extremely immature, constantly drinking, fighting, and trying to score with Barry’s girlfriend, and I just wasn’t impressed or attracted to him at all. From the sounds of his character descriptions, it seems he has a rather large beer belly, as well, and since he’s the star baseball player, well, that was difficult for me to envision, and his sloppy attitude didn’t endear him to my heart any further.

    Barry was exceptionally sinister, and his arrogance and flippant nature was an instant turn-off for me from the beginning, but I feel like this was more or less intended. While the pressure from Barry’s father helped shed light on his antics and lies, I never did feel sorry for him or even begin to like his character; he too seemed immature and sloppy to me, just as Enzo did, which made for a tricky read as disliking the two main characters doesn’t bode well for a novel I’m reading. However, the writing was extremely well done, and the story carried through quite nicely from start to finish. And though it’s slated as a sports novel, it’s really much more than that, with relatively little baseball, which was great for me because I really don’t care for sports all that much. Honestly, I think many readers might find the events in this novel quite comical and enjoyable should they not mind the main characters’ immaturity. I, personally, can only give it two stars, though.

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