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D.C. Trip

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  961 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Author and comedienne Sara Benincasa takes a bold, fearless and irreverent look at the classic high school trip to Washington DC.

Alicia Deats is a new teacher chaperoning her very first high school trip to Washington DC, and nothing could be more terrifying than a class full of horny, backstabbing, boundary-pushing teenagers under her watch. To make matters worse, she emb
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Adaptive Books
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Emma Giordano
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really really loved this book! 4.5 stars. Full review to come on my YouTube channel very soon! I was in tears of laughter while reading this book, the humor is off the charts. It's definitely extremely raunchy and profound, so if you're easily offended by things like sex, drugs, alcohol, the LGBTQA+ community or anything generally straying from the norm, you'll totally hate it. But if you're like me and love reading diverse books with controversial topics, I highly highly recommend it! I can't ...more
Leigh Collazo
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yeah, this was just beyond really bad. I hate to say that when I know how much effort authors put into their books, but as of today, all I see is four perfect, five-star Goodreads ratings (no reviews). And that's just not right at all. Just no.

D.C. Trip is about a 3-day high school class field trip to Washington, DC. The chapters alternate between a budding romance between the two teacher chaperones (both single) and some really annoying high school girls who are just dying to sneak out of their
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Imagine if the Bridesmaids were teenagers and on a school trip to Washington DC. Or if Greg and Earl from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl were girls. It's as awesome and crazy as that sounds. This book felt almost British or Australian to me because the teen girls openly talked about and/or engaged in sex, drugs (pot), rock 'n roll etc. And that wasn't the issue. That just was.

It's also about a 23 year old newly minted high school teacher who volunteers to chaperone the DC trip so she can reconne
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO FUN. I read it in one day. Enjoy!
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quotes
Five stars! This novel takes place over a three-day high school trip to Washington DC. Chapters alternate between the perspective of a teacher chaperone, and a trio of female BFFs under her care. This is not classified as a YA novel and for good reason (what student even wants to imagine two of their teachers having sex?) but the teenage behavior and dialogue is some of the best I've ever read.

Before I had my first boyfriend (now husband!) at age 25, all of my love was unrequited. I didn't date
This was short, fun, and hilarious. I thought it was YA when I downloaded the ARC from Edelweiss, but I'm assuming it's straight-up contemporary, given the teacher had a POV for half the book, plus some language you don't really see in YA. Also had some stuff it was really nice to see, like a Jewish character who didn't totally feel like a token and actually got to talk about being Jewish for more than the words "bat mitzvah money," and visits to DC landmarks. Did it feel realistic? Not really. ...more
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I’ve never been someone who thinks they’d make a good high school teacher. And after reading DC Trip, I’m double-extra sure. But I’m also double-extra thrilled to have read this book, which follows a new teacher as she takes her class on a field trip to Washington, DC. The characters are charming (the teenagers are obnoxious/mischievous/marvelous, the teacher is delightfully hapless), and Benincasa has crafted the narrative with a ton of verve and care. Ultimately, DC Trip is extraordinarily fun ...more
Brenda A
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
DC Trip ended up being fucking funny as hell and a far more accurate depiction of high school than most books I’ve read.

It follows a hippie teacher chaperone, Alicia, as she fights to woo a nerdy math teacher Bryan. The rest is focused on three high school girls who get into all kinds of shenanigans involving drugs, sneaking out, drinking, and drag queens. My DC trip (in 8th grade) wasn’t anything like theirs, but it’s a time of great memories that I look back on fondly.

For Sivan, Gertie and R
Justyna Burek
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 a little dumb but a fast read for a beach or a plane ride
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read Great by S. Benincasa and I had to read her latest to make sure she wasn't just a one-hit wonder. Fortunately for me, she doesn't seem so as this book was as good as the first without having to follow any kind of formula to ensure its likeability. I genuinely enjoyed this book for its comedy and the good-hearted nature of most of its characters. You do have to have villains of course. They help the reader like the good characters even more. This is the story of two high school teachers th ...more
Accio Reviews
Nov 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
[Full review on my blog, 'Accio Reviews'!]

When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought it would be a fun, entertaining road trip read. I hadn't read a contemporary in this setting for a good while and was quite looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, it did not own up to my expectations at all.

At the start of the book, there is an email sent from Alicia to another teacher from the high school wheres she works who is about to chaperone the sophomore trip for the very first time. T
Jennifer Wright
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey you are going to LOVE Sara Benincasa. She's hilarious and down to earth, and, at times, surprisingly tender. This book will appeal to anyone who remembers high school with a certain degree of discomfort (which is just about everyone who grew up to be interesting.)
Bill Braine
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Raunchy hilarious and sweet on basically every page, and totally celebratory about all of that. A fast and really funny read!
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very humorous, page-turning read. It's a realistic look at adolescence, paired with a more three-dimensional look at what a teacher is like. Can't wait for the movie!
Alexis Clemons
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was not good, just really badly written. I bought it as a fun beach read, but I was literally rolling my eyes at some points. Interesting concept, bad execution.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What even is this book??? Is it plausible/believable? Absolutely not. Are there great characters and an interesting plot? No. Are there any serious underlying themes? Nope! And is the prose even average? Not really.

Then how is it so good??

This is one of the best comedy books I've read. I finished it in two settings, but it would've been one if I hadn't have had to go to work. It's just so utterly ridiculous, and it avoids the two major pitfalls that drag down so many other ridiculous books/movie
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am SOOO happy with this book. It's been a while since I've read a book I couldn't put down/actually enjoyed all the way through. The end got a little much but I don't even care, it was still super fun and just a good read for me. Such a great way to kick off the summer too. Would recommend to anyone who wants a YA feeling, very laid back not serious book. Definitely not for book snobs.
Kinaya ✨ Sylvester
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book,it was about a sophomore class field trip to Washington DC,and all things that they do in the three days that they are there. it was also about a new relationship between the two teachers that were chaperoning The field trip.many truths are told and unexpected friendships are formed.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ms. Benincasa is the author of two YA novels and one deeply honest and very entertaining memoir. This latest novel follows three high school sophomores and one very young teacher on a high school trip to DC. My local library somehow ignored the release date (November 3), and so yesterday I got told my hold notice was up. This book was so entertaining that I started it while working out this morning and didn’t end up putting it down (for real) until I finished it three hours later.

The book moves
John  Mihelic
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this because I follow the author on Twitter.

I have bought several books because of twitter people. It has been, let me tell you, hit or miss.

I thought I would try this one out though I had the idea it wasn’t really my demographic. I thought it was YA (The author was nice enough to talk to me a bit on twitter after I had read it and disabused me of the notion that the book was YA – just because it was about teenagers mostly, it wasn’t necessarily YA).

The thing is that genre classificatio
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wanted a light, funny book from comic writer Sara Benincasa, and she delivered quite well. The book centers around a sophomore class trip to our nation's capitol. Benincasa focuses on three girls who have been friends dating back to nursery school, and a new-ish teacher who has the hots for the other teacher with whom she is chaperoning the trip.

The trip gives the book a natural structure, balancing sight seeing with shenanigans, with one of the girls, like her young teacher, harboring a big c
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I initially picked this up because I was hopeful of reading a story set in DC and seeing how the author represented locations and landmarks that I see every day.

Unfortunately, the scope of the story limited this to a few museums and the White House; and the underlying story was a little too unbelievable and corny for me. The situations that the kids in the story get into are far beyond reality to the point that this book could probably be shelved in the "fantasy" section. The closest analogy I c
Dana Fontaine
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was trashy in all the best ways. Not only were some of the incidences in this book far fetched and close to impossible, the author was very creative with her swear words. This, I did like. She encapsulated high school drama and high school antics in the best way, but I'm just wondering why this book wasn't a Young Adult novel. The writing was mainly aimed at younger readers (like the 18-25/29 range), and so was the subject matter. I do not know why this book was ranked so low. The situ ...more
3.5 stars.

This felt like a summer comedy I'd love to see on the big screen. It's silly, outrageous, and full of so much girl power -- another great reading companion for your own trip. Three radically different best friends are ready to take their senior trip to DC by storm and have the time of their lives. But there are rules and shitty mean girls! They scheme anyway and it's impossible not to get caught up in the excitement. Benincasa has created a diverse group of characters here, folds in so
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this light novel about hijinks on a high school trip to Washington DC, although it's indistinguishable from a YA novel and I don't understand why it's in the adult fiction section (profanity? a couple sex scenes? partly from an adult POV?). It's told from the shifting perspectives of three teenage girls and one of their female teachers. I could picture the movie. The teacher is in love with a math teacher, who is sort of an uptight nerd. Together the two teachers are in charge of 16 hi ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Hysterically funny, especially if you are a teacher or parent who has ever tried to chaperone a group of kids. It's a light quick read and just plain fun. I enjoyed the descriptions of the kids at the museums in Washington DC. If you ever took a school or other group trip when you were in high school and thought about breaking the rules (or did break the rules!) this will be a delicious read for you. Fair warning: A mention by the kids of listening to their grandparent's music... like Bring Me U ...more
Helen Dunn
Read this in half a day. It's a predictable romance with a large dose of misbehaving teenagers. I have no objections to that.

What I do object to, and what almost makes me give just one star, is the incredibly crude language. It's really over the top. I could spend a half day with it but if this book had been longer I would have abandoned ship. (this makes me feel like an old lady. I'm horrified to think that this is normal conversation between young kids!)

Also - I got this for .99 which made it
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great fun. I just flew through it. I really love Sara Benincasa's voice and I flew through this one the fastest.

Although only two chaperones on a class trip is asking for trouble. I think a lot more teachers and some parents were involved for my D.C. trip around sophomore year from Montgomery High School in New Jersey which is about 30 minutes from Flemington (and the larger Hunterdon Central that Sara Benincasa went to) and 15 minutes from Hopewell Central (which I am guessing was Lindbergh).
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alicia Deats, a new teacher, is chaperoning a class of teenagers on a trip to Washington, D.C. Co-chaperone is Bryan Kenner, with whom she had an embarrassing experience at the teacher mixer last year. Alicia is hoping to keep the kids out of trouble and make a fresh start with Bryan. The sophomores have other plans.

Perhaps this wickedly funny book doesn't seem appropriate for an 80-year-old woman,but I loved it!
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
What a fun book!! Yeah, the young women are a bit foul-mouthed and oversexed, but this is kind of a wish-fulfillment for us good girls who now KNOW we could have gotten away with more. The teachers are a little bumbling and vulnerable but most new teachers are -- they just have to hide it very well or risk CAREER DEATH at 24. The frantic screwball (ha) pace ends quite nicely and you get a warm glow all over.
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Sara Benincasa is a comedian and author of the books "Real Artists Have Day Jobs" (William Morrow 2016); "DC Trip" (Adaptive Books 2015); "Great" (2014); and "Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom" (William Morrow 2012), a book based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. She is currently adapting "DC Trip" as a film with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yer ...more
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