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Connie Willis
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China Williams, Greg Bloom, Celeste Brash, Andrew Burke
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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater - Marc Acito I definitely wasn't expecting deep literature with this one, but I was still disappointed. I thought it would be a cute, funny coming-of-age story about a bunch of awkward drama geeks. I guess it comes through on some of that, but unfortunately it's not really funny at all and every one of the characters is completely insufferable. Between the constant "OMG, Barbara Streisand is JUST like me!" and "No one understands my art because I'm just too good for them" snobbiness of the protagonist (and I'm paraphrasing here, but he makes equally eye-roll-inducing statements about once per page) and the ridiculous affectations of everyone else, there was just way too much annoying to go around. I could maybe, MAYBE have dealt with the beyond obnoxious narrative voice if that was the only major drawback, but it just was't.

The plot is just completely stupid and contrived. "Silly" doesn't even begin to describe it. The vast majority of the theatre/pop culture references felt really forced and grated after a while (once again, the main character's constant name-dropping). Also, I know theatre people are huge sluts and all, and teenageers experiment and whatever, but all these kids having tons of sex in every configuration and swapping partners just rang so false to me. I mean, staging an orgy to take blackmail photos? Scenes like that mixed with all the characters' sheltered ignorance and naivete was just absurd to me.

Not impressed.