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Around Harvard Square

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  10 reviews
It’s the nineties, and Tosh Livingston, straight-A student and superstar athlete, is living the dream—he’s made it out of upstate New York and into the incoming freshman class at Harvard University. But after an accident blows up his basketball-playing hopes, he discovers a new purpose in life—to win the frenzied competition for a spot on the staff of the Harvard Harpoon, ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Akashic Books / Black Sheep
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Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying, just based on the premise I really wanted to like this book. As a black college student attending a predominantly white institution (PWI), I was very excited to read this book. At first I was very on board, the characters were likable and diverse, there was a bit of intrigue and mystery, further encouraged by a plot twist I totally didn’t see coming. I felt the college experience was represented well, especially with Tech’s attitude toward discussing race. The second pers ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) from Akashic Books for an honest and unbiased review.
“Tosh Livingston, superstar student-athlete from small-town USA, thinks he’s made it big as a rising freshman at Harvard University. Once on campus, he’s ensnared in a frenzied competition to win a spot on Harvard’s legendary humor magazine, the Harpoon. Tosh soon finds that joining the Harpoon is a weird and surprisingly dangerous pursuit.” (Press Kit)

Brianna Carrasco
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, dark-academia
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so, so promising at the beginning and became increasingly so confusing and seemingly pointless towards the end that I was almost thankful it was over. I'm not interested in philosophy at all, so I didn't care about all the philosophical themes. If you're interested in philosophy, wonderful! I just felt plain stupid reading all of their philosophical conversations. Small thing to nitpick: but I absolutely h
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Around Harvard Square wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I did enjoy the camaraderie between Tosh, Lao, and Meera. Three complete misfits trying to survive their freshman year at Harvard. The story was strong by giving each character a great background and a personality that was easy to see. Even the background characters were detailed in a way that felt like a movie. Where the story fell off for me is the unrealistic way the characters some time spoke. It became a bit of a chore to read so ...more
Dec 12, 2018 added it
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The construct of the first year in an ivy league college is by definition filled with anxiety, discovery, and change. It's ripe for satirical observation. Farley sometimes succeeds in this by looking at the characters who attempt to fit in and yet remain outsiders. However, one never believes the intelligent characters can act in this fashion. The situations are so outlandish. In the end, the satire is taken to the extreme and the ending unremarkable. I also thought that the technique of the aut ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Around Harvard Square by C.J. Farley

Set in the 1990's the story centers around Tosh, a student who decides he wants to be on the staff of the "Harvard Harpoon". With a mix of diversified friends, at Harvard University he sees first hand how students of different races and social (economic) standing live.

The story moves at a past pace, with attention to detail, engaging dialog , humor and well developed characters. I liked the differences each character brought to the story, and how they interac
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was tough. It was a hard start, and I almost put it down, but then I wanted to find out more about the characters. It tries really hard to be funny, and all of the quotes on the cover say that it is. There are moments, but it feels more tragi-comic than anything. I did not feel satisfied with the ending. This book feels like that confusing, sarcastic friend that you had in college that you spent time with occasionally.
Stevo Brock
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Best of the Best for the month of March, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations.
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