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Joe College: A Novel by Tom Perrotta

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Author: Tom Perrotta
Genre: College Stories
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date Published: September 19, 2006 (2nd ed.)
1 review about Joe College: A Novel by Tom Perrotta

Too Short! It Demands a Sequel!

  • Apr 29, 2009
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This book is like a long short story that centers around Danny and a period that he is at Yale. He and his friends are preparing for a big party. The book goes on to follow Danny as he tries to start a relationship with Polly (who is sometimes on sometimes off in her relationship with one of her professors) while remembering about a local girl back home named Cindy who he kind of left in the lurch after they finally went all the way.

Just before Danny is ready to go home for spring break and work on his father's mobile lunchmobile, Cindy arrives at the school with a big surprise. This changes Danny's view on things and makes him numb to the point that he even doesn't care when some toughs try to hone in on his father's lunch route and threaten him.

Danny goes back to school after the break and after resolving his issues with Cindy to attend the big bash that his friend Matt was planning at the beginning of the book.

This book like one of his later works, Little Children, shows Perrota's talent for creating intriguing characters in such short novels. This book like the other seems to end too prematurely and definately screams out for a sequel!

Perrota is a super talented writer and I would love to seem him develop a much larger complete novel than leave the audience hanging at the end of another short one.

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