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DC Trip
     

DC Trip

by Sara Benincasa
 

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Alicia Deats is a new teacher chaperoning her very first high school trip to Washington DC, and nothing could be more terrifying than a class full of horny, backstabbing, boundary-pushing teenagers under her watch. To make matters worse, she embarrassed herself with her co-chaperone Bryan Kenner with one too many margaritas and an ill-placed vomiting incident at

Overview

Alicia Deats is a new teacher chaperoning her very first high school trip to Washington DC, and nothing could be more terrifying than a class full of horny, backstabbing, boundary-pushing teenagers under her watch. To make matters worse, she embarrassed herself with her co-chaperone Bryan Kenner with one too many margaritas and an ill-placed vomiting incident at last year’s teacher mixer and is hoping this trip can be a fresh start for them.

Alicia believes in positive reinforcement and trust to keep her students out of trouble, but best friend high school sophomores Gertie, Sivan, and Rachel have a different idea: they plan to take full advantage of the un-parented freedom that a trip to DC offers.

DC TRIP by novelist-comedian Sara Benincasa is an honest and irreverent journey of sexual confusion, bar shots, drag queens, and pot cookies in the Rose Garden.

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From the Publisher
"The hilarious Benincasa's second book will give you all the field trip feelings (which, let's face it, are some of the strongest feelings humans ever experience). The protagonist is a new teacher daunted by the wild high schoolers she's chaperoning in the nation's capital—among her charges are three sophomores full of the spunk and daring inspired by being away from home for the first time. " —Glamour Magazine

An XOJane Editor’s Choice Book of the Year

“I woohoo’d my way through every chapter because it’s exactly what I expect from the author: hilarity, surprises, insight, and baby-name inso.” —Amber Rambharose, editor, xoJane

"DC Trip is the adult book about high school you never knew you needed.” —Playboy

"I’m an expert on the subject of girls, being married to one, having dated several, and now the father of a tween. As an expert, I can tell you with absolutely certainty that Sara Benincasa has being a young female down. She is hilarious and insightful and smart - all traits the ladies I love share, although DC Trip transcends gender. I read and loved it and I’m a BOY!!! (A very famous and attractive boy.)" — Michael Ian Black, comedian

A Splitsider Best Comedy Books of the Year

“Profane, sexually-charged, and concerned mainly with the anxiety about growing up and expressing identity. So, you know, like what being a teenager actually feels like, after you’ve grown up and are glad you’re no longer a teenager.” —Splitsider.com

Library Journal
★ 08/01/2015
High school teachers Alicia Deats and Brian Kenner are chaperones for the sophomore class's trip to Washington, DC. However, after an embarrassing sexual incident at the annual teacher mixer, they aren't speaking to each other, nor are they looking forward to spending time together wrangling a bunch of teenagers. While Alicia believes in positive discipline and trusting the teens, Brian strictly abides by the "three strikes and you're out" rule. Their differing approaches are noticed by the clique of Gertie, Sivan, and Rachel as they battle it out with Brooklynn, Peighton, and Kaylee, the mean girls who rule the sophomore class. The claws come out and bad behavior, involving drag shows, drunken nights at the Lincoln Memorial, and getting high (in the White House no less) ensues. Comedian Benincasa (Great; Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom) realistically captures the voice of today's teenager, complete with foul language, sexual confusion, and everyday situations. She simultaneously crosses back into adult fiction in the development of Alicia and Brian's relationship. This is a light yet deep novel that looks at the intricacies of both high school cliques and adult relationships. VERDICT A fantastic add to fiction collections, this would be a great YA crossover for older teens (profanity and sexual situations are dealt with very well).—Erin Holt, Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-17
A high school trip to Washington, D.C., borders on bacchanal in Benincasa's (Great, 2014, etc.) new novel. Alicia Deats, a rookie teacher at Flemington High School, has no idea what she's getting herself into when she volunteers to chaperone the sophomore class trip. Though only 23 years old, she's a hippie holdover, decked out in flowing skirts, political T-shirts, and Birkenstock sandals. Her motivations for signing up to chaperone, however, have little to do with the well-being of her students and more to do with the fact that Brian Kenner, the dreamy yet aloof math teacher, will be along for the ride. Much of the drama that occurs on the trip—including drug use, vicious fighting, and breaking curfew—occurs at the hands of two groups of rival teen girls. The action follows Rachel, Gertie, and Sivan—a tightknit though oddly matched group—as they sneak out after dark to try to make contact with Gertie's crush from summer camp, who just happens to be in D.C. Along the way, they face off repeatedly with Brooklynn, Peighton, and Kaylee, the members of an enemy clique. The other students are mostly filler, though there are some touching scenes between the nerdy Carter Bump and the handsome and popular Brock Chuddford. The story of what occurs on the trip is framed within two emails sent by Alicia eight years later, an unnecessary structural choice that distances the reader. While Benincasa is well-known as a comedian, much of the humor feels contrived. The wordplay falls flat as many characters end up sounding the same: crass and sarcastic. Despite the dependence on a wide array of swear words, the teenage storyline feels juvenile, while the teachers' comes across as uneven. A promising concept from a talented writer, though the novel fails to deliver.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781945293078
Publisher:
Adaptive Studios
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
97,836
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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“Like Amy Schumer on meth!” —acclaimed author and screenwriter Richard Price on Sara Benincasa

Meet the Author

Sara Benincasa is an award-winning comedian and author of the books Great and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom (William Morrow/HarperCollins), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. Her comedy has won praise from the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

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