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Backseat
     

Backseat

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by Tom Wascoe
 

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Michael's freshman year of college has not gone well either socially or academically. In 1969, failure from college or dropping out of school means the draft and possibly Vietnam. Michael desperately wants success, acceptance and popularity. He believes that pledging a campus fraternity can help put him on the right path. As the final hurdle to get into the fraternity

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Michael's freshman year of college has not gone well either socially or academically. In 1969, failure from college or dropping out of school means the draft and possibly Vietnam. Michael desperately wants success, acceptance and popularity. He believes that pledging a campus fraternity can help put him on the right path. As the final hurdle to get into the fraternity, he must hitchhike 1,500 miles over a weekend; a road trip which could save his freshman year and possibly change his life. The rides he gets, the people he meets, and the obstacles he overcomes on his journey do change his life -- but in an unexpected way.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014736787
Publisher:
Bookstand Publishing
Publication date:
05/31/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
File size:
125 KB

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Backseat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, enjoyed reading it one raining Sunday afternoon. The adventures of Michael and Randy were fast moving, could not wait to see if they would meet their challenge. I would recommend the book to any age, plus I would highly recommend the book for anyone just going into college. Loved the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Backseat is a great book and an amazing road story! Vividly presented in this adventurous hitchhike trip are the different personalities of the two main characters Michael and Randy as well as many others they met. Each ride is a new story so intriguing that you would find yourself anticipating the next one. Throughout the humorous tones convey a real sense of life meaning. Michael’s life change in the end is unexpected but truly inspirational. I believe we will all find some part of ourselves in this book and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy and interesting read on a warm summer day. It takes you back to your own college days, the craziness of hell week for fraternities/sororities, and the revelation of discovering who you are - or want to be.
JwilliamsJW More than 1 year ago
Growing up in a college town and living across the street from the Phi Gamma house as it was called I can relate to what pledges went through. This is an exciting adventure that Michael challenges while tolerating Randy's negative attitude. J Williams June 29, 2012
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Backseat is a great road trip story. I found myself interested in Michael and what would happen to him. It actually touched me. I saw a bit of myself in Michael, and was warmed by the thought that he found his confidence and self worth from within rather than from others. It's a good story of self-discovery and finding your way ... literally and figuratively. Well done!
thealexbishop More than 1 year ago
Desperate for adventure and ready for his life to change, Michael decides to pledge a fraternity. As a condition of acceptance, he and the other pledges agree to complete a challenge: hitchhike to a location chosen by the fraternity, and get there and back in three days time. Michael gets paired with an unfriendly pledge named Randy. From the moment they set out, Randy makes it clear to Michael that he has no interest in him or the trip. Realizing it’s up to him to take the initiative, Michael puts his thumb out for the first time and gets them both a ride. From the moment they climb into the car, Michael knows he’s on the adventure of his life and becomes determined to embrace it for all it’s worth. Full of funny, quirky characters and Michael’s thoughtful insight into what’s happening around him, Backseat is a coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever faced a challenge head on. Set in 1969, in the frozen landscape of the Midwest in December, Michael’s road trip is one he’ll never forget. Each new ride (and each new driver) gives him a new perspective and widens his view of the world as he knows it. From Oshkosh, Wisconsin to California, Pennsylvania, Michael and Randy find themselves in situations they can’t believe. Telling and re-telling their story to each new driver and accepting each kindness along the way becomes a way for Michael to look at himself differently. When they reach their destination, Michael realizes he’s come farther than he ever has before; not by miles but by experiences. Peppered with unexpected twists and witty humor, Backseat is a story about finding oneself where one least expects it. Readers will find themselves hoping Michael gets the next ride, excited to take this one-of-a-kind adventure with him.
ajmorgan More than 1 year ago
With a road story that hearkens back to the whimsical travelers of Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, Backseat is an unexpected adventure ride through one weekend of a young man's life. Michael is a freshman at Oshkosh State University. Determined to do something different and exciting, he decides to pledge a fraternity. As the competition narrows and he finds himself among the last few pledges, all of the pledges are given an extraordinary challenge: to hitchhike from Wisconsin to another location (in Michael and Randy's case, it's California, Pennsylvania) and get there and back in only three days. Ready to begin his first real adventure, Michael sets out on the highway with Randy, another pledge who has little to say. With little hope of forming a friendship, Michael turns his attentions to the lines in the road, hitching for rides and finding his way. Set in 1969 with the threat of the draft fresh in his mind, Michael's view of the world slowly begins to expand and change with each new car he climbs into. From the first ride in a beat up Dodge sedan, Michael immediately realizes he really is on the adventure of a lifetime. Not knowing where exactly he's going to end up, he lets the power of the road wash over him and rides it for all it's worth. With an introspective narrative and half of a country to traverse, author Tom Wascoe gives readers the adventure of a lifetime, told through the eyes of the sensitive and shy Michael. Through truck stops and small towns, backwoods bars and wacky drivers, Michael's adventures will reach out to anyone who has ever heard the call of the road. Full of witty humor and a Midwest native's eye, Wascoe has given readers a road book they'll love.
DavidCarson1985 More than 1 year ago
Backseat, the debut fiction novel from author Tom Wascoe, is the story of Michael, a college freshman pledging his first fraternity. As part of the hazing, the hopeful pledges take on a challenge: to hitchhike to a destination chosen by the fraternity, and to get there and back in only a few days. With the threat of being sent to Vietnam in the background and a future he’s unsure about in front of him, Michael is determined to prove himself by making it into the fraternity, no matter how many miles he has to go to do it. Michael, although originally timid and paired with a pledge that makes no secret of his dislike for him, decides to see the challenge as more than just a fraternity gimmick. Instead, he’s firmly resolved to think of it as an adventure, and so sets out with his heart in his throat and his eyes on the road. Along the way, Michael meets colorful characters that he’ll never forget. Each ride introduces him to worlds he’s never seen and people he would have never met. With his devil-may-care outlook and enthusiasm for this, his first adventure, Michael travels the highways and byways the way they were meant to be ridden: with excitement and abandon. With the author’s own experiences to guide him through the telling of Michael’s story, readers will feel as though they’re riding shotgun, listening to Michael’s thoughts the whole ride. From the humble beginnings to the unexpected turns, readers will follow Michael on a journey everyone should take at least once. Backseat is a coming-of-age story about a young man who finds an unexpected path when he takes the road less traveled with his thumb in the wind and a backpack on his shoulder. Anyone who has ever searched to find themselves will see themselves in this story, and maybe even have a few new adventures of their own along the way.
ugaphred More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable quick read. Worth picking up.