Joe College / Edition 1by Tom Perrotta
Pub. Date: 10/05/2001
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
For many Ivy League college students, spring break means a raucous road trip to a spot in the sun. For Danny, a Yale junior, the spring of 1982 means two weeks behind the wheel of the "Roach Coach," his dad's lunch truck in central New Jersey.
The acclaimed author of Election and The Wishbones takes on the ultimate crucible of personal reinventioncollege.
For many Ivy League college students, spring break means a raucous road trip to a spot in the sun. For Danny, a Yale junior, the spring of 1982 means two weeks behind the wheel of the "Roach Coach," his dad's lunch truck in central New Jersey. But Danny can use the time behind the coffee urn to try and make sense of a love life that's gotten a little complicated. There's loyal and patient hometown honey Cindy and her recently-dropped bombshell to contend with. And there's also lissome Polly in New Havenwith her shifting moods, perfect thrift store dresses and inconvenient liaison with a dashing professor. If girl problems aren't enough, there's the menace of the Lunch Monsters, a group of thugs who think Danny has planted the "Roach Coach" in their territory.
Populated by a vividly drawn cast of characters, Joe College is Tom Perrotta's warmest and funniest fiction yet, a comic journey into the dark side of love, higher education and food service.
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- 5.08(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.85(d)
Table of Contents
slices are ready,
fourteen thousand dollars for this,
a feelings comes over me,
tito the snack king,
a shitload of salad,
the squidman and me,
the emperor of ice cream,
won't that be something,
i'm not even here,
dust in the wind,
something you said,
dark side of the moon,
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I had fairly high hopes for this one, it looked good from the back cover description. But when I read it I just wasn't drawn into the story. There were some funny moments, but for the most part I found myself hating the main character more than anything else. He reminds me of the jock in high school who sits in the back laughing at nerdy chicks and trying to get laid. It's hard to like a book when its central voice isn't a likable person.
when i say immature, i do not refer the to nature of the story. the writing is raw and is more like what i would expect out of a beginning fiction writing class. it's as if perotta is an insecure intellectual whose academic merits have just been challeneged. it's as is perotta were trying to prove to the world that he is, indeed, well read - or at least is aware of the titles and authors of relatively obscure writers and thinkers of academia. although the end of the novel is about as satisfying as locking your keys inside your car on a blazing hot summer day, i see that he wsa trying to tie the whole novel together through Measure for Measure. however, it just felt contrived and tacked on. although perotta tries to convey the variegated and culturally diverse nature of the yale student body, he portrays a university that seems to comprise itself of nothing more than a couple of english majors who have nothing to say and a korean guy. perotta missed an amazing opportunity to drive the plot of the novel through the 'intellectual' debates of yale students. instead, with the exception of the first scene in which eric the caped crusader is introduced, their conversation comes off as irrelevant drivel used to fill up enough pages to make the book longer than 300 pages. the edition i read was 301 pages. the book, however, does have some redeeming qualities. i would recommend it to high school readers or casual summer readers. it's an easy book to put down and leave for a while. even if you picked the book back up again and subconsciously skipped thrity pages or so, it would not matter because the story is that predictable. there was great potential for this novel and i do, in fact, anticipate what more refined efforts from perotta may bring.
I liked this book well enough. It was interesting and engaging.
First Election. Now this?!@* Tom P has done it again. A funny guy and a better writer, attuned to the subtleties of relationships (familial and otherwise) and chock-full of literary references that bring back college days with frightening clarity. I'm looking forward to his next and so should you.
Danny is a junior at Yale whose spring job consists of helping his father with his lunch truck business. As most teenagers know, life is a challenge. This is what college is really all about! An ideal book to read over break since it is set during the spring break of 1982.