Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: That Book about Harvard by Eric Kester


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

Eric's one goal for his first semester at Harvard is simple: to not thoroughly embarrass himself. He manages to fail this single objective in the first hour of the first day when he accidentally locks himself out of his room in nothing but his underwear.
Thus begins one of the craziest years ever at Harvard, in which Eric finds himself involved in a cheating scheme, trying to join a prestigious Finals Club, falling for a stunning type-A brunette, all to finally understand that the success of his life isn't defined by a girl, a social club, or even a Harvard degree. Instead, happiness is about accepting yourself.

MY TAKE:


This book is hilarious! I was laughing out loud at home and in the office, wherein I was reading this after finishing my tasks for the day.

That Book about Harvard is about Eric Kester's first year at Harvard. Contrary to what he expected, Harvard was not easy. This is mostly because everyone at Harvard is smart and ridiculously hardworking.

Part of the reason, I think, that I found this book so funny is because I could relate to it. I didn't go to Harvard, but I did go to one of the top schools in our country. The environment there, or at least in my course, is very similar to what Eric described. From being at the top of our class, we would find ourselves in the middle or at the bottom of class standings. Eric described that feeling to a T.

Even if you didn't go to an ultra-competitive school, you will still enjoy this book. Eric does a great job of poking fun at himself, his school and just about everything, without being offensive. It's a great humor book that would be perfect for any kid who is just entering college.

Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the e-ARC. Publication date of That Book about Harvard is on July 1, 2012.


THE GOOD:
  1. It's funny.
  2. You get an inside look at Harvard.
  3. There are no dull moments. 

THE BAD:
  1. Some people might not be able to relate to the stories.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Harvard may be the only place in the world where lying about the number of electrons in polonium is regarded as an act of terror.
READ IT IF:

  1. You're planning on studying at Harvard.
  2. You're looking for a funny autobiography.
  3. You go to an ultra-competitive school.

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