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The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  588 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
In college, there's a surprise around every corner...
But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).
This essential guide is packed with expert advice on everything from managin
Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Sourcebooks (first published 2005)
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Rebecca Gordon
Jul 26, 2012 Rebecca Gordon rated it really liked it
As a first generation college student I have received tons of college books for gifts as my family did not have much advice to offer but they wanted to help. I really think college advice books are good for student who parents may have not attended college themselves. The Naked Roomate:And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen is one of the very best college advice books I have read. The book covers many issues faced by college students. It covers topics such as arriving ...more
Dec 23, 2009 Anastasia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: college students who are completely clueless
I picked this book up when I was considering writing a How To: College book.

I was very eager to read the many tips and trivia it had amongst it's pages. However, I was fairly disappointed once I did start reading. The tips were genuine and I really appreciated the personal stories it included from some students across the nation. However, the humor was lackluster and the advice was seemingly obvious.

However, I had a few favorite tips that I planned on sharing with a group of first year student
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Jul 04, 2011 Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Juniors and Seniors in HS. Freshman in College. Parents
Shelves: how-to-guide
Very Very informative. I really recommend that any ongoing college and or Freshman in College Read this book and utilize the tips. It is very thought provoking and causes the potential student to figure out what type of person they are. It causes one to question themselves. It gives good thoughts to mull over as far as roommates go and school involvement. When reading this, it is important that the reader keep themselves and the type of person they are in the front of their mind. Many of these t ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Debbie rated it it was ok
More like a 1.5 stars
I think because my high school was on a college campus and I was able to get my associates degree a few days after my high school diploma, these tips were not as shocking as I thought they would be. This book is a decent start for people who don't know a lot about college but I think there are other more up to date resources when it comes to college. Some times The tips felt more like lessons/warnings from a dad rather that telling the facts straight. He used scare tactics e
The Naked Roommate was great! This is the first college advice book I've read before starting college myself in about a month. And it's probably the only one I'll ever need to read (though let's be honest, I'm going to read more). It covers just about every topic you could be worried about, for all different people. Granted this means that not all of the topics apply to everyone, but there definitely is something for everyone.

This book covered things that I was worried about (like making new fr
Apr 21, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
The book is aimed at new college students, and I'm long past that. But, I'm the parent of a son who is about to be a college student so I decided to read this to see if I could learn anything to help me and my son as he prepares to leave home.
There is a lot of good solid information in this book; the true tales from actual college students are very enlightening and the resources at the end of each chapter contain a wealth of information. Cohen's narration is witty, calming, and helpful. He spea
May 30, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Since freshman year, I've been worrying about college since I will be a first-generation student. This book was exactly what I needed! A little repetitive at times (I think I read that I must wear shoes in the shower at least 8 times!). Very informative though, glad I read it.
Sep 19, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it
Good advice, with a few intriguing stories, but it gets a bit preachy for me at times. Still an excellent reference for first time college students.
Oct 01, 2015 Maxwell rated it it was amazing
Very helpful with getting ready for college.
Lois Strecker Howry
I think this book is best for children whose parents did not go to college. However, it is also good for children who do not readily benefit from parental experience!! The attempts at humor fall flat mostly but there are good tips if your child won't or doesn't listen to you. Nothing new in there for me that I didn't already tell my kids but it does make a kid analyze themselves. They have to interpret the rest according to themselves. I thought that would be confusing. Overall a good attempt at ...more
Generally, I avoid self-help books. I look at them with disdain and mistrust. But I did not choose to read this guide to help me, since I finished college life years ago. I did it to learn more about American college system, something that has always made me curious but at the same time, something that made me think "Thank God I did not have to go to an American college".

As a material to enlighten me, it was good. I learned a lot of stuff I did not know before or stuff I knew but took for grante
Jan 20, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book presents issues that face many college students, such as dorm life, roommates, friends, food, class, drinking, drugs, sex, laundry, money, etc. The book is organized and narrated by Harlan Cohen, an encouraging and positive voice, and contains letters, stories,questions, and advice from real college students.

As a parent, I am not as laid back in my attitude about some issues as Harlan, but I recognize college students will be and should be making their own decisions. I would really li
George Woodliff-Stanley
Aug 11, 2016 George Woodliff-Stanley rated it liked it
Recommended to George by: Sarah & Elizabeth
A family friend gave this to me at an Easter party before I left for college.

The book was structured and detailed enough to serve as a good reference book to dip into and out of, taking only the parts you need.

My only criticism is that the advice to end high school relationships was too harsh. It ended up being right for me but I don't think the chapter on it helped me approach it in a less harmful way. If anything it made the ending more harmful.
Endia Kneipp
Jul 02, 2014 Endia Kneipp rated it it was amazing
This book is great. When I first read the cover I was skeptical if the information it would present would be silly or not. I didn't think it would really be accurate, but when I finally picked it up I found I was wrong. This book has a flurry of advice on everything you could possibly run into at college. I found myself highlighting every few lines and folding pages to remember them as I read it. I was lucky enough to pick this up right before senior year of high school, and now that I'm going i ...more
Melanie Fair
It's hard to tell if you would've liked a book if you had read it at a different point in your life; I'm currently post-college and heading towards living alone, so most of the advice doesn't apply to me. Even with that, Harlan Cohen isn't exactly sensitive to people with anxiety issues. Besides promoting his own shit like crazy, his second obnoxiously repeated refrain is to go out and meet people. Live on campus, don't bunk with someone you know, join as many clubs as you want, BE AN EXTROVERT. ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
I read this book during my first semester of college. It gave helpful advice for how to deal with many problems that I know I'll probably encounter, and so now I'm not as worried about them. It also was helpful in telling you how to find your place in college, and I was happy that it said that it can take some time to find that place - sometimes I feel like everyone else has adjusted when I haven't yet. All and all it made me feel not so alone with things like homesickness and fears about dating ...more
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I read this book the summer before I started college and it really helped me get a great insight into college life. Harlan Cohen tackles every question and worry that an incoming freshman could think of, and he gives great advice and lots of resources for more information.

Cohen tackles the tough and combats the easy in his book THE NAKED ROOMMATE. He does this with such a flair that readers feel that they can trust him and his advice. The pages full of his h
Mar 09, 2015 Isaac rated it really liked it
This book is interesting. It is really a book that you don't have to read all the way through. My roommate and I are reading one some of the tips throughout the year. This is a good gag gift for someone going to college. Some of the tips are really helpful and others are like, why?
Alexandria Nicole
Great read for those about to go to college!
Used it for my Career and College Readiness high school class and they seemed to enjoy it as well. Lots of topics that the kids can read about instead of me having to discuss them (because some can be uncomfortable).
Would suggest!
I had to stop reading this book, just because of the fact that it began to royally fucking suck halfway through. When a book becomes to painful to read, why the hell would anyone force themselves to read the damn thing in its entirety?
Jul 03, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
For anyone going to college: Read this book. Not all of the tips will apply to you. All of them are phenomenal. I don't usually write reviews, but for this I will make an exception. The tips and stories in this book are truly helpful. Even though I felt confident going into college, I feel even better about my experience now. The Naked Roommate covers everything from relationships (with professors, roommates, friends, and parents) and getting involved on campus, to drug/alcohol abuse and mental ...more
Gloria Covello-morris
Mar 22, 2015 Gloria Covello-morris rated it it was amazing
My daughter is starting post-secondary education this fall and will be living in residence. A friend loaned me the book and read the whole thing within a few days. I wish I had this book 27 years ago when I started university!!! I have loaned to my daughter to read now. It is a very accurate account of what goes on in college/university. The tips are totally relevant, extremely useful, and informative on so many topics. I don't think the author left anything out. As I was reading, it was feeling ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Alyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous college must-have item for learning how to cope via advice and stories from students who've already been there, done it.
Dec 02, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone going to college. Reading it makes me feel so much more prepared, and gives lot of insider info on what college is really like. The author presents the tips with stories from college students from all across the country, giving the reader an idea of just what can really happen. He's very real and unpretentious with his readers, making the book humorous and fun to read. I checked out this book from the library, and liked it so much that I'm probably going to buy myself a co ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a graduation gift before I went to college. It helped me a lot to hear about and get advice before I had to actually deal with those things myself.
Christye Lynn
May 15, 2016 Christye Lynn rated it it was amazing
This is my go-to graduation gift.
Kaisa Mettille
Really Great for any upcoming freshmen.
Dec 19, 2015 Elzbeth rated it really liked it
So I'm past my first year of college as I read this, but this was still pretty relevant.
May 26, 2015 Annarae rated it liked it
Morgan Cheng
Aug 12, 2014 Morgan Cheng rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regular
Good advice with nice stories
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