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How I Paid for College: a tale of sex, theft, friendship and musical theatre – Marc Acito

This book was leant to me by my sister. She gave me it and told me that when I fancied a laugh I had to read it because it’s one of the funniest books she’d read. I read the blurb and thought it was my kinda thing so naturally I borrowed it but put it on my bookcase and it’s been collecting dust since last Christmas. I thought I should probably read it and get it back to her and that’s why I picked it up but I’m glad I got round to it eventually as it really was as funny as my sister told me it would be.
It’s a story of a rich boy, Edward, whose father, Al, pays for everything and whose ultimate dream is to go to The Julliard School in New York. His dreams are almost reality when his best friend goes off a year ahead of him and he gets an audition date. However his dreams are shattered when his father meets an Austrian photographer who drives Edward away and makes Al refuse to pay for Edward to go to a Drama school when Al thinks he should be majoring in business.
Edward is convinced that he has to go to Julliard but without his father’s money he knows he will never be able to pay for it so he and his friends embark on a crazy skilful journey into blackmail, sex, fraud and various other crazy situations to try and get Edward the money for his college. On this journey they discover their true identities and feelings about each other.
I love the wacky and wonderful situations that the “CV” guys get themselves into; it makes them feel so alive yet at the same time I can hardly imagine doing any of those things at 18. I think that in places it can seem a bit over enthusiastic but the relationships were almost as real as ones I have with my friends, without as much sex…
I would recommend this book to anyone… though I think you have to have been through certain stages of life before you fully understand it. I’m glad I didn’t read it till now because if I had picked it up only three years ago I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. It probably should come with an age limit, some scenes were a bit graphic and I almost found myself going red reading it at work but it really is a hilarious book if you like coming of age type stories.
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