How I Paid for College

How I Paid for College : A Tale of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theatre

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It's 1983, Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief, sending underwear up flagpoles and re-arranging lawn animals in compromising positions. The fun comes to a halt however when Edward's father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Julliard. 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. And, in a sure sign that 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 fees from his father, all the while practicing for their high school performance of Grease.
There's Paula, a caustically funny virgin determined to have sex before she dies of raging hormones; Kelly the ex-cheerleader-turned-Sandra Dee who Edward thinks he's in love with; Doug the ex-football player-turned-Danny Zuko who Edward also thinks he may be in love with; and Nate, a felony-prone mastermind, unflagging in his ruse and dedication to Edward's cause. 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 or otherwise.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 26mm | 399.17g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747574235
  • 9780747574231

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'Acito has such a fresh voice. It could be the kind of movie that Risky Business or Ferris Bueller's Day Off were' Variety 'High school as it should have been' Kirkus Reviews 'It's been a good ten years since we've seen a comic novel to rank with the best of Patrick Dennis, Joe Keenan, and Thorne Smith. Bravo to Marc Acito for reviving the nearly extinct art of Light Comic Fiction - and for making us realize how much joy and frivolity we've been missing in this grim literary age. Eric Myers, author of Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis 'Marc Acito's rollicking first novel is, by turns, sweet, sexy, and outrageous. Powered by the author's devious imagination, the story shows us a handful of teenagers driven to larceny, embezzlement, and impersonation - all in the name of higher education. Beneath the story's beguiling shtick, though, is a more serious issue - the complications inherent in the difficult business of becoming ourselves. A great graduation gift.' Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There
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About Marc Acito

Hailed as the "gay Dave Barry," Marc Acito is a syndicated humorist whose column, "The Gospel According to Marc," appears in nineteen newspapers, including the Chicago Free Press and Outword-Los Angeles. After being kicked out of one of the finest drama schools in the country, he went on to sing roles with major opera companies, including the Seattle Opera. He lives in Portland, Orgeon.
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3,540 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (1,362)
3 23% (803)
2 8% (272)
1 2% (85)
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