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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater

How I Paid for College - Marc Acito, Jeff Woodman 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-great literature" (i.e. this book) speaking about great literatue. There's a lengthy discussion toward the end of the book about the book, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," by James Joyce. The scene is a class room of high school seniors who have just been given an assignment to write a paper about who they are now in the same spirit of James Joyce's "Portrait..." which they have just finished reading. The protagonist thinks to himself that he is so much like Stephen Dedalus (the main character in Joyce's "Portrait...").

Oh by the way, the book "How I Paid For College" has way too much sex in it for me to recommend to anybody else to read.