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How I Paid for College A Tale of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater

by Marc Acito

How I Paid for College A Tale of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater Synopsis

It's 1983, and in a sleepy community in New Jersey seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief. However, the fun comes to a halt when his father refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Julliard. Edward's truly in a bind. He's ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. And, in a sure sign that he's destined for a life in the arts, Edward's incapable of holding down a job. So he turns to his loyal (but immoral) friends to help him steal the tuition fees from his father, all the while practising for their high school performance of Grease. Disguising themselves as nuns and priests, they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money-laundering, identity theft, forgery and blackmail. But along the way, Edward also learns the value of friendship, hard work and how you're not really a man until you can beat up your father, metaphorically or otherwise.

How I Paid for College A Tale of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater Press Reviews

'A comic coming-of-age novel ... it's an exuberant caper with good period detail and the ironic wit' Independent on Sunday 'Hilarious ... Acito proves himself worthy of whatever praise people may want to throw his way ... High school as it should have been' Kirkus Reviews 'BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO, Marc Acito! Sheer brilliance. If you were a child of the 80s and dreamed of dancing in Fame, then Marc Acito's brilliant novel is a must read' City Magazine 'As engaging, funny and precocious as its narrator, this is a feel-good nostalgic novel' Daily Mail

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408802212
Publication date: 3rd August 2009
Author: Marc Acito
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Marc Acito

Marc Acito's comic debut novel, How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater won the Ken Kesey Award and made the American Library Association's Top Ten Teen Book List. It was also selected as an Editors' Choice by the New York Times and is translated into five languages the author does not read. The eagerly anticipated sequel, Attack of the Theater People, was called the funniest thing I've read this year by Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes). Marc is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. His first play, Holidazed received ...

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