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Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: A Memoir

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An account of sordidness and redemption by the Dartmouth fraternity member whose Rolling Stone profile blew the whistle on the frat's inhumane hazing practices.

Always trust the brotherhood.
Always protect your pledge brothers.
What happens in the house stays in the house.

Before attending Dartmouth, the worst thing Andrew Lohse had ever done was skip school to attend a John M
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Picked this one up from the library... intrigued because my older brother went to an IVY and got caught up in an alcohol fraternity mess until he set himself free of it and got his life back on track. As for this story, I was very disappointed in the writing style of the author and that he didn't seem to learn anything in the end.
Meredith Crawford
Dec 03, 2014 Meredith Crawford rated it did not like it
Yuck. Every aspect of this book is awful. The author comes across as a self-important, pretentious kid.
Sep 02, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
ARC for review.

This book is yet another that is an extended version of an article that appeared in Rolling Stone and I feared that there wouldn't be enough here for a whole book, but Lohse is a talented writer and if you are interested in the Greek system and hazing you'll enjoy this (well, you need a fairly strong stomach, too. Don't read this while snacking. Promise me.)

Lohse is a middle-class guy who barely got in to Dartmouth (his grandfather was a graduate and he had a family friend interv
Faryal Sharif
Jul 10, 2016 Faryal Sharif rated it really liked it
Maybe some of it was exaggerated, maybe it wasn't. I don't think it's fair to treat it like a piece of fiction.

The one thing I appreciated about this book was the sense of honesty. It ends very abruptly, not gracefully, and in the end we're left wondering if the author learned anything at all. A lot of other reviews point this out, however they characterize it as a bad thing. I don't see it that way. In real life, sometimes we genuinely do not learn. Sometimes, magical, dramatic transformations
Melanie Johnson
Sep 02, 2014 Melanie Johnson rated it liked it
Warning: Don't read this before you eat breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Or even think about a snack. There is more vomit in this story than a newborn with a milk allergy. Andrew Loshe pledged SAE at Dartmouth and lived to tell his story about hazing, fratiness, and just general ickiness that "boys" (yes, these are stupid boys) go through just to fit in. After his time at Dartmouth, he wrote an essay for Rolling Stone magazine that got SAE in big trouble and this book is the tale in a much longer ...more
Robby Binette
Feb 19, 2015 Robby Binette rated it did not like it
Interesting subject matter but this boy needs to learn how to write. It's written in "bro" and he just to make himself look like Jude the Obscure and fails miserably.
Sean Parry
Mar 07, 2016 Sean Parry rated it it was ok
If you are interested in joining a fraternity this book can provide some bit of information of what greek life is like such as the bid process and what pledging is like, but as far a the hazing goes i'm not sure, I feel like some of his stories are are made up like swimming in a kiddie pool of vomit urine and feces and eating an omelette made from puke. I have a brother who was in a fraternity and he said that he wasn't hazed at all, but he also said it just depends on who you pledge for. Aside ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Joe rated it liked it
This book should get two-and-a-half stars, but Lohse went through so much hell it feels ungenerous not to give him three. It is perhaps the most depressing book ever written about college life. Not the life of some giant state university or out of the way community college, but one of the most elite institutions in America, Dartmouth. If this is what the Ivy League is right, those parents and students who have mortgaged their lives to get this elite education are the biggest dupes on the planet. ...more
Gretchen Stokes
Sep 24, 2014 Gretchen Stokes rated it really liked it
A page turner - a horrific scene that I can't look away from. That said, an important and perhaps, must-read, especially for those in this, or any other college community. I applaud Mr. Lohse for his courage in outing the craziness that has been secret too long. Even if we argue as a community about the veracity of some of the details, we at least owe this man a open-minded read. I encourage anyone who has been to an elite college, a college with Greek life, or has any professional or personal c ...more
Mariko Kale
Oct 28, 2015 Mariko Kale rated it did not like it
This book was not entertaining or funny. It was more of a book to throw everyone under the bus. He claims he did all of this because of "stockholm syndrome" but in reality he is just as big of a piece of shit as the rest of them.
Mar 09, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
So descriptively gross but I couldn't put it down. Made me miss the college days, yet made me so happy they are over. (Not that I experienced anything even remotely close to what Lohse did.)
Jan 14, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
It was very interesting to hear what goes on as part of pledging for a fraternity. I wonder if these bizarre things happen all over and to what degree that they still go on.
Oct 02, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it
I'm a DG alumnae and none of this is shocking. All rather standard stuff for a frat boy. Actually, he seemed rather decent.
Oct 03, 2014 Nick rated it it was ok
I seriously need to stop reading these types of books. Ooof.
Martin Kilkenny
Jul 21, 2016 Martin Kilkenny rated it really liked it
I can see why Dartmouth was not too happy with this book.
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Nov 14, 2015 Sarah Spitler rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfition
Really sad and scary.
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Sep 20, 2014 Lin Wolff rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2015 Damian rated it really liked it
Very entertaining, a good insight into a lesser known world.
Robert Devine
Feb 20, 2015 Robert Devine rated it it was ok
It was okay. Main take away was that being in a fraternity involves lots of puking and gross-out games.
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Andrew Lohse attended Dartmouth College, where he majored in English. At Dartmouth he was the Rush Chairman of notorious fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Deputy Editor of The Dartmouth Independent, a columnist for The Dartmouth, and a contributor for both The Dartmouth Review and the Dartmouth Free Press; he also published columns in the New York Daily News and The Harvard Crimson, and was a 20 ...more
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