Joe College by Tom Perrotta

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For many college students, Spring Break means fun and sun in Florida. For Danny, a Yale junior, it means two weeks behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his father's lunch truck, which plies the parking lots of office parks in central New Jersey.



But Danny can use the time behind the coffee urn to try and make sense of a love life that's gotten a little complicated. There's loyal and patient hometown honey Cindy and her recently dropped bombshell to contend with. And there's also lissome Polly back in New Haven--with her shifting moods, perfect thrift store dresses and inconvenient liaison with a dashing professor.



If girl problems aren't enough, there's the constant menace of the Lunch Monsters, a group of thugs who think Danny has planted the Roach Coach in their territory.



Joe College is Tom Perrotta's warmest and funniest fiction yet, a comic journey into the dark side of love, higher education and food service.




 

About Tom Perrotta

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TOM PERROTTA is the author of eight books, most recently The Leftovers.  Two of his novels—Election and Little Children—have been made into acclaimed and award-winning movies.  Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and now lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published September 19, 2006 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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It all zips along in ineffably reader-friendly fashion, rising to splendid comic heights in such neat sequences as a wild campus party (where revelers are “getting down with the grim determination of pioneers”), a remembered high-school encounter with the dreaded bully known as “Psycho Midget,” a...

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HYale junior Danny is the winning narrator of Perrotta's fourth bookDwinning not just because he's smart and funny, but also because when it comes to college life, love and misbehavior, the guy al

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Publishers Weekly

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HYale junior Danny is the winning narrator of Perrotta's fourth bookD""winning"" not just because he's smart and funny, but also because when it comes to college life, love and misbehavior, the guy always comes out on top.

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Like Danny, the New Jersey-born author attended Yale in the Reagan '80s and seems to have carried every detail with him: not so much the easy pop-culture references (at least one of which he gets drastically wrong), but the feel and folkways of the place.

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Entertainment Weekly

Revealing the inner workings of a Roach Coach — those silver lunch trucks that dot the parking lots of construction sites and office parks across America — is just one of the delights of Joe College.

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CNN.com

As Danny begins to understand himself and to see himself, child of a lunch-truck driver, in the midst of all this ivy, where the local pizzeria is filled with a "mob of ex-National Merit Scholars and former student council presidents," "Joe College" becomes more than a funny look at college life,...

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