ISBN: 0786838515
ISBN 13: 9780786838516
By: Mike Gerber Mike Gerber

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Hart Fox may not have the pedigree to be a shoo-in at Stutts, a prestigious Ivy League school, but he has the grades and the rsum. And he does make it in-sort of. His acceptance is hijacked by Burlington Darling III, a wealthy alum who is so desperate to get his hapless son, Trip, into Stutts that he funds a new boathouse. Darling offers to get Hart a spot in the freshman class, and pay his way, if Hart will take all of Trip's classes for him.Despite this deal with the devil, Hart arrives on the Stutts campus jubilant. But what awaits him is a strange parallel universe of secret societies, inexplicable traditions, and class hierarchies. Soon, Hart finds himself aligned with the outcasts at an all-but-defunct school humor magazine, where a journalistic stunt catapults him into a mad, escalating guerilla war with the Darlings. With threats of death-and worse-expulsion looming over him, Hart must rely on his wit, and the aid of some very exceptional friends, to save him.

Reader's Thoughts


an interesting book. not one of my favorites though. it got better as it went on.


Funny. Weird. And laughs at ivy league-ness. :3


Not the greatest book I've ever read but it did hold my interest at least for a few days. Most of the story was really unbelievable and it all just seemed a bit over the top. What I can't decide is if the author was trying to mock the ivy league system (apparently he attended Yale) or if he was just trying to make up a funny story about freshman year. The whole vampire subplot with Tab was really annoying as well. Until it got to that point it was an alright novel but I think that introducing that into the plot kind of made it really unbelievable and was kind of dumb. It's a good post-finals read though because it is not overly serious and some parts are quite funny. I didn't like the ending either, I felt like the author didn't know where else to go with the book so just decided to end it instead of thinking of something better to write.


I was confused through a good portion of the book but it had an interesting story line. Probably one of those books you need to read a few times to full appreciate.


Read my full review at!From Michael Gerber, author of the Barry Trotter parodies and The Chronicles of Blarnia, contributor to SNL, comes a story both hilarious and relatable to anyone who has had to decipher the murky world of freshman year at university. This book is recommended for young adult readers who enjoy satire and an oddball sense of humour. Younger readers may not be able to connect as deeply with the representation of university life, while people who have previously or currently attend post-secondary education may be better able to recognize from their own experiences majors like Study of Things, being ‘rusticated’ or exiled from campus and sent to live in town, and teachers who refuse to acknowledge that not everyone is as passionately interested in their research as they are. There is graphic language, limited sexuality, and violence presented in a comical form. The numerous asides placed in footnotes are entertaining, but the format may not appeal to all readers. This book will not appeal to everyone, but those who like it will like it a lot.




I really enjoyed this story. It did slow down near the end of the book. But, overall it was a great story and book.


Freshman, a satire of the Ivy League, is one of those books I can continuously find amusement in. I stumbled upon it by complete accident and was surprised by how much I liked the book. It is not the height of sophistication- certainly it mercilessly mocks that stratosphere. Freshman is very funny, but also rather dark and exceedingly cynical. Despite the extreme cynicism, the book is never a downer due to its extreme lunacy. There are several things that are treated so cynically that it can almost trip into almost tragic- The Comma Comma Apostrophe (,,') frat boys, The Martin Luther King Jr. golf course ("We have a dream ... the finest golf course in America!"), disabilities, et cetera)-but they're so irreverently the book stays upbeat.To sum it up, this is a great caricature of a world full of fodder.


For people who loved Gordon Korman's Don't Care High but wish it had included more public urination. And vampires.

Ivan Chan

This book was bad and good in some ways. The main character has to deal with a rich person who got his son in by money and not his grade. The rich person son causes many trouble toward the main character and tries to get him expelled by the school. The worse thing is the main character can't afford the college bill(paying it which is 75 thousand dollars).Luckily for the main character he meets new people who eventually becomes his friend. He even has a vampire girl friend. Together he and his friend works together to help each other out. Overall great book just hate that rich boy I feel like killing his family just because he is rich. Being rich doesn't always mean anything. You have to work with what you got to be rich.


hahahaha this book is sooooooooooooooo dumb.... it's a lot of fun!! and a total waste of life :P gotta love it!

Rishi Kulkarni

I think I accidentally "permanently borrowed" this book from Mr. Drew. And now he's in Dubai...


Reading this felt a little like re-living freshman year--and not always in a good way. It started out fresh and exciting, but by the end, I felt like the book was something I *had* to finish out of obligation and not out of joy.I liked some of the secondary characters better than than the main characters. And while there were some funny parts to the book, there were an equal number of parts that made me uncomfortable or that I skipped.I suspect I'll transfer to another story and not spend my sophomore year reading book two.


to early to say. get back to me in a week.


it’s a nice fictional story of a boy who dreams to enter a university. it also portrays the mass’ fight against the corrupt government and the lengths that any politician will do to gain and stay in power.anyway, it’s just fitting because i finished this last thursday - two days before my graduation. and, just like Stutts University my experiences in the University of the Philippines has been chaotic and wonderful at the same time. UP is a really crazy place and people who cannot adapt quickly to their surroundings will surely drown.the book was a bit nostalgic for me especially when Hart (the novel’s main character) started to experience the hardships of university life. it was, as if, i was reading through my own biography starting from the moment i entered’s a good read. i do hope there’s a sequel to this book.

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