Free Read [Graphic Novels Book] ↠ How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater - by Marc Acito ✓


  • Title: How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater
  • Author: Marc Acito
  • ISBN: 9780767918541
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback

  • A deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenager s larcenous quest for his acting school tuition.It s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan Seventeen year old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischA deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenager s larcenous quest for his acting school tuition.It s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan Seventeen year old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief The fun comes to a halt, however, when Edward s father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard.Edward s truly in a bind He s ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much He s unable to contact his mother because she s somewhere in Peru trying to commune with Incan spirits And, as a sure sign he s destined for a life in the arts, Edward s incapable of holding down a job So he turns to his loyal but immoral misfit friends to help him steal the tuition money from his father, all the while practicing for his high school performance of Grease Disguising themselves as nuns and priests, they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail But, along the way, Edward also learns the value of friendship, hard work, and how you re not really a man until you can beat up your father metaphorically, that is.How I Paid for College is a farcical coming of age story that combines the first person tone of David Sedaris with the byzantine plot twists of Armistead Maupin It is a novel for anyone who has ever had a dream or a scheme, and it marks the introduction to an original and audacious talent.
    Marc Acito
    For those who do not know me, I m very famous My debut novel, How I Paid for College A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater won the Oregon Book Awards Ken Kesey Award for the Novel although I sometimes leave out the Oregon part to make it sound important It was also selected as a Top Ten Teen Pick by the American Library Association, though it still has not achieved my ultimate goal of being banned by irate fundamentalists The New York Times chose College as an Editors Choice, it s been optioned for film by Columbia Pictures and is translated into five languages I can t read, though I can now say cunnilingus in Norwegian FUN FACT 1 My name is also an anagram for A Comic Art, or A Comic Rat, depending on how you feel about me I was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on January 11, 1966, attended by Three Wise Guys The couple who raised me deny it, but I suspect I might be the secret love child of Liza Minnelli and Peter Allen, which explains my effervescent personality and fondness for prescription medication FUN FACT 2 I am actually the second cousin once removed of Sandra Dee As in Look at me I m I grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, the small town star of high school and summer camp musicals Y know, the guy who wore Capezio dance shoes and leg warmers to school In my defense, it was the 1980s FUN FACT 3 In the ninth grade, I won the American Legion Good Citizenship Award It s been downhill ever since Like my hero Edward Zanni, I, too, dreamed of going to acting school, though I didn t turn to a life of crime to pay for it In my case, it was the prestigious music theater program at Carnegie Mellon University, the oldest BFA acting program in the country I changed it to Juilliard in How I Paid for College because no one wants to read a book about a kid whose dream is to go to Pittsburgh That dream turned to a nightmare, however, when I was kicked out due to artistic differences I thought I could act but the faculty didn t But that s okay, because it eventually gave me the idea for my second book, Attack of the Theater People, which comes out April 15th, the 96th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic FUN FACT 4 I cried when Leonardo DiCaprio froze to death I moved to New York, where I tried to find myself and instead found a blue eyed charmer with the unlikely name of Floyd Our first date was the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village, followed two days later by what turned out to be Liberace s final performance Floyd and I have been together ever since He s now the society columnist for Just Out, Oregon s gay newspaper, and a very loud tour guide at the Portland Art Museum FUN FACT 5 Floyd and I both have the same middle name, which is Evan I subsequently transferred to Colorado College, where I graduated in 1990 and went on to study singing in Europe on a Watson Fellowship Upon my return, I clawed my way to the middle singing comic character roles with companies such as Seattle Opera, Opera Ireland and the Colorado Opera Festival Despite being lauded for a booming voice and rubber face, I decided instead to become a writer so I could work at home in bed, like hookers and Winston Churchill FUN FACT 6 I have had 36 jobs in my life, and almost as many hair dos Neither the jobs nor the hair dos worked out very well I began my writing career with my syndicated humor column, The Gospel According to Marc, which earned me poverty wages at nineteen alternative newspapers nationwide, as well as the sobriquet the gay Dave Barry FUN FACT 7 When I met Dave Barry, he looked me in the eye and said, Let s just get one thing clear I m the gay Dave Barry I still freelance, most notably as a commentator for National Public Radio s All Things Considered


    Commentaires:

    Lena♥Ribka
    4,5 stars!HILARIOUS!FUN! Have you seen Project X? No, this book doesn't have a lot of in common with a movie Project X. Except maybe an average age of the MCs. Except maybe how I feel reading it! This book cracked me up. I WAS ENTERTAINED! Marc Acito made me laugh and his book left a smile on my face after I finished it. It was a totally right choice. A perfect choice!

    Punk
    Fiction. It's 1983 (though you really can't tell except for how Reagan's in office) and Edward Zanni's on top of the world. It's the summer before his senior year, he's been accepted to Juilliard, and life just couldn't be better, but everything screeches to a halt when Edward's father tells him he's not paying for his son to go to acting school. So Edward and his friends pull together and make a plan. The title pretty much says it all: nerd power, capers, sexual experimentation, con artists, an [...]

    agirlwithoutwings
    I like the narration SO MUCH that I can ignore the insane things going on in the book. It felt fresh and wise and so so funny. It was one of the best books I've read recently, my only complaint would be that (view spoiler)[it wasn't totally a gay book, it was more a bisexual book, and I think the character didn't fully experience his homosexual desires. (hide spoiler)]

    Alissa
    Absolutely one of the funniest books I've read to date. Gordon Korman meets Ferris Bueller in a story where the characters get caught up in a hilarious and crazy-wacky scheme that totally snoballs out of control, beyond anything they can imagine.It is the mid-80s, and all 17-year-old Edward wants is to enroll in the drama program at Julliard. But when his father remarries the most psycho of psycho step-mothers, Edward gets kicked out of the house and learns he can kiss his college plans goodbye. [...]

    Becca Becca
    This book started off pretty good and entertaining but then it went downhill and the plot and storyline got too unbelievable and out of control. I would have enjoyed just reading about the lives and antics of several "play people" high school students. I didn't need all the stuff about money laundering and blackmail. I ended up kind of skimming the last 100 pages. I did enjoy a lot of the musical theater, pop culture references and it was a fluffy enough read for what I was in the mood for (I ne [...]

    Renata
    UHH I really thought I would like this book because I like books about precocious teens and theatre and stuff, but this book was just like, insane. I felt like it was trying too hard to be edgy or whatever and just ended up being absurdly unrealistic. And Edward, the protagonist, was basically unlikeable. I get that he was supposed to be an insecure, self-absorbed teenager but like damn was he ever. Also, this book was way long and slow-moving. Next time I want to read about self-aware theatre k [...]

    Adam
    I love me a good gay catcher in the rye story anyday

    Clif Hostetler
    Theater geeks of all ages will enjoy this coming-of-age novel. Even non-theater geeks like myself can enjoy it. It's the funniest book I can remember listening to in a long time. One word of warning advice to young people who read this book. Don't try these things at home (in real life). This is fiction with a happy ending. Real life doesn't always work out that way. I've heard it said that great works of literature speak to each other. Toward the end of this book there is an example of "not-so- [...]

    Dannyelle
    Hilarious!! Every theatre person needs to read these books because we have these friends!!

    Tim
    I don't care for this for a number of reasons I don't care to specify. Is that redundant? 0 of 10 stars

    Sabina
    I absolutely tore through this book in two days, which is surprising because I wanted to quit 30 pages in from all the crass misogynistic teenage boy comments. But I stuck it out till my 50-page threshold and was absolutely hooked. How I Paid For College is funny, unusual, and toes the line between YA and adult fiction. Great characters balance with fast-paced plot. It loses a star for the aforementioned crassness, plus some hammy jokes and the movie-like perfect wrapup ending, but overall I rea [...]

    Armchair
    This novel gave me a nightmare about being forced to ride through the Napa hills in the lap of a closeted gay teenage boy driving a motorcycle as his mass of shiny black curls flowed in the breeze. He wouldn’t let me off the motorcycle. I wish I were kidding.My overall impression of this novel is that it was both aimless and horrifying. There is not a scruple to be found amongst the main characters of this cynical, oversexed ode to theater life in 1983 suburban New Jersey.Edward Zanni is a lar [...]

    Laala Alghata
    “I put on my new glasses to heighten the effect. The glasses have a sort of pinkish tint to them that bathes everything I see in a rosy glow, and I’m pleased with myself for buying something that doesn’t necessarily make me look good to the world (they are a little faggy, I guess) but which makes the world look good to me instead.” — Marc Acito, How I Paid For CollegeLet me say this from the get-go: if Philippa hadn’t handed me this book, I wouldn’t have ever picked it up; if she h [...]

    Meryl
    My sister half-read this book but was raving about how funny and awesome it was so I had to read it, too. Plus, the cover is lovely and eye-catching.I liked the GLBTness of it and the humor. Wow, the comdey of this novel was perfect and the whole thing was paced well and just great! I liked how it took place in the '80s (and you could just tell that from page one, come one people) and the great knowledge of the theatre (musicals, plays, etc. you know).But for some reason I couldn't concentrate o [...]

    Chloe
    Edward Zanni seems to have it made: he rules the roost at his high school's drama department, has a very important audition for Juilliard coming soon and more potential lovers than seems right for a boy of his doughy physique. To cadge a line from Gypsy Lee, "everything's coming up roses" for young Ed. Until, in delightful Disney fashion, his yuppie father marries a Bavarian ice princess who makes Snow White's evil stepmother look like the poster-parent of foster care. Soon Edward is cut off fin [...]

    Arminzerella
    Edward Zanni, seventeen, wants to study acting at Julliard. It’s been his plan for as long as he can remember. But, his dad throws a wrench in the works when he announces that he’s not going to pay for college unless Edward goes to business school. Thus begins Edward’s year of insanity as he scrambles to find a way to pay for Julliard. Throw in some crazy money-making schemes (Edward can’t seem to hold onto a real job for more than a few days) involving theft, money-laundering, a Catholi [...]

    KJ
    I actually got this book on tape from my library's tiny selection. And I'm so glad I listened to it on tape as the actor doing the voices did a great job and it was HILARIOUS with the various New Jersey/east coast accents. The only reason I didn't give it a four is because the main character is so completely self absorbed. He's ungrateful to people who are risking everything for him and he gets angry at them when their plans to help him don't work out, etc. He's the definition of a spoiled brat. [...]

    Jessi
    Back in the December ice storm when we were taking refuge at todd and kevin's house I plucked this at random from Kevin's bookshelf and got sucked in to the offbeat story and hilarious cast of characters. It is basically a really funny story about an elaborate embezzlement plot carried out by a misfit high school senior and his crazy crew of friends to figure out how to pay for his first semester at Juliard that involves a lawn Buddha, embezzling funds previously embezzled by an evil step-mother [...]

    Kirsty (alkalinekiwi)
    This caught my eye at a library booksale where all the books were marked down to 20c. I remember adding it to the towering pile of books in my arms and a startled employee running to get me a trolley should the whole thing topple over and knock someone out under several kilograms of books. I loved this book and would give it 4.5 stars if I could. From the start I was gripped and it helped me ignore the pain from my swollen post-surgery face. Edward and his friends' schemes and plans were nothing [...]

    Amy
    I think that the subtitle really sums up this funny book, which may or may not be loosely based on the author's teen years. It is full of ridiculous things, a series of almost anecdotes tied together. Teens do not, as a rule, drug people and take sexually suggestive pictures in order to blackmail them to get money for Julliard. They do, of course, deal with sex. They also play silly pranks and deal with horrible parents and stepparents. There are so many serious and emotionally draining moments [...]

    Sunday
    This book was more engaging than any other book I've read in the past few years.It does indeed include sex, theft, and musical theatre (along with drugs and blackmail) which is probably what made it so great.Well, topic-wise, that's what made it so great. Also great about it is the author trusting the reader to get (or not get) the jokes. There's no immediate explanation, which I appreciate.This book is scandalous, but I loved it. I'm concerned that it may be too in-depth for YAs (LOTS of sexy s [...]

    Catherine
    Glee crossed with Ferris Bueller with a bit of Queer as Folk thrown in the mix, with the end result being more suited for HBO than for FOX. How I Paid for College delivers everything it promises in the title as it follows Edward Zanni, class of 1984, through his senior year as he scrambles to get accepted to and then pay for Julliard after his newly remarried father refuses. It's a fun romp, told entirely through Edward's overdramatic teenage eyes. Note: This is about teenagers and would probabl [...]

    Forever Young Adult
    Graded By: BrianCover Story: You Too Can Ace the SAT Test!Drinking Buddy: Stranded at the Velvet RopeTestosterone Level: Insert Generic History of the World, Part I Sex Pun HereTalky Talk: And Opie Taylor Grew Up to be a Drag QueenBonus Factors: LGBT, 1984, Big is Beautiful, I've Fallen and I Can't Get UpBromance Status: That Idealized Bunch of High School FriendsRead the full book report here.

    Drew
    “How I Paid for College” is a funny (if sometimes awkward) coming of age story. The characters are ridiculous and ridiculously fun. The plot is ridiculous, sometimes funny and sometimes heartfelt. Looking at the story as a whole I thought it was a lot of fun. If you read Tim Dorsey or Carl Hiaasen, I think you’ll really like this story. Well written and interesting I’m sure all read more from this author if it’s like this.

    John Miller
    Marc Acito is a riot. He is relentlessly witty to the point of inciting bursts of laughter in public places. In this socially awkward - yet inspiring - teenage journey to college, it is quite likely that you will be able to relate to someone in this eclectic montage of characters and events. In the unlikely event that you do not, be ready to live vicariously for 288 pages that will certainly leave you with a smile.

    Nikki Boisture
    This book just cracked me up. It is a very funny look at a Jersey boy who is a star in his school plays. His father refuses to pay for college if he decides to go to Julliard rather than business school. This novel follows the main character, Edward and his band of misfit friends (plus the school's football star) in their quest to get the money for Edward to go to Julliard by any means necessary. Including fraud and blackmail. This book should be made into a movie!

    Letitia
    Really hilarious, really dirty, really familiar. I'm not sure if this novel will hold the same hilarity for others as it does for me, seeing as how I live in New Jersey, my husband is in theatre, and I recognize all the characters and places that he discusses. I would think for anyone remotely associated with theatre, this would certainly be an enjoyable read.

    Ken
    This was a funny, funny, well-written book. Can't wait to read more of Marc Acito's work. My only complaint is Edward's constant dithering back and forth over his sexuality. I found myself wanting to shake him and say, "Pick something, damn it !"

    Sunil Jawahir
    One of the funniest books I've ever read. Loved these characters and definitely recommend on audio!

    Kanda Faye
    This is the funniest book I have ever read! Though the writing style was not my taste, I very much enjoyed reading this.

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