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Joe College by Tom Perrotta
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Jul 30, 2007

really liked it
Read in July, 2007

I'm sweet on Perrotta, so of course I loved it! Danny, the main character, is kind of a putz--but a loveable putz. Danny is obviously telling this story to the reader from some point in the future, and he could have made himself look better, but doesn't. Danny is unflinchingly honest about his selfish thoughts and actions, experienced during the all-consuming self-centeredness that is young adulthood/college. Perrotta does a great job of portraying the conflict between Danny's working class guilt and feelings of Ivy League entitlement. But ultimately, this book is a fun read! I read it at the beach! Actually, I read Little Children at the beach, too. Maybe Perrotta is the thinking person's beach read? (But don't we all like to think we're thinking people?;)
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