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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


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

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.


'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

About the Author

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 its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

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Publication date

3rd August 2009


Marc Acito

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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