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.

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Rating B-Review This book was a humorous and irreverent look at college life amongst the elite from an outsider's perspective. (The author went to an Ivy League school, so I'm not sure how much of this is his revisionist's history.)The characters in this book were over-the-top, but they were meant to be. (Hello? One is a vampire. Obvious farce.) And it worked. The caricatures all played off each other--the motivated one, the jaded one, the "President," etc.--and created a campus full of life and color.The pacing of the book kept you reading consistently with plenty of hijinks spattered throughout to ensure that you didn't have to read too much anti-elitism without a laugh or too along the way.Hart was a good narrator, he was never whiny, even when any normal person would have been. (Hello? He was dragged behind a hearse in an attempt to kill him. Let the complaining begin.) But he wasn't Mary Sunshine either. He saw the crap that was going on around him, but he knew that griping never really did anybody any good. He had a good (fictitious) upbringing in that regard.All those things said, an enjoyable book that includes laughs, some thoughts on society's classes, melancholy, and friendships. Nothing ground-breaking, but still a fun read.Recommendation This book is a mix of Looking for Alaska and Carter Finally Gets It. So if you enjoyed either of those books (like me), then you'll probably like this one as well.


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.


Michael gerber is my cousin who went to Yale I'm curious as to if he is relating this book to Yale?


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.

Adam Scott

Freshmen is about a kid named Hart fox. He was known as one of the smartest people in his high school. One person a year can get picked to go to a great college named Strutts. He was pretty much going to get in. Then the darling family came in. Hart cut Mr. Darlings grass, but he paid his son's Way in. Hart wasn't able to get in anymore. But Mr. Darling didn't want Trip to flunk out so Hart was sent to do all of Trip's homework. Once Hart was at his college he had a roommate named Peter. They were great friends. Hart then got a job at the Library sorting mail. He meant a girl named tabitha, she also works there. Hart found out that see was a 150 year old vampire. Now they are dating and she is a great help. Also Hart joined the newspaper called the Cooku, because he summited one of his articles to the main newspaper, the spec, and they stole it. The paper he worked for didn't have any money, So Peter and Hart designed a plan to take things from the library that were being thrown out and sell them..That was all working untill Hart made an article about Trip and his father. This made Trip made and played a prank on him. This prank made the whole school get sick and Hart was blamed and kicked out of his dorm. Now its the end of simester and Mr. Darling is now the governer and doesn't want to pay for Hart anymore. Now Mr. Darling has placed a contest for Trip's frat. To kill Hart Fox. So far I really enjoy this book. Its been one of the better books I have read in awhile. It gives a good scoop on college life and what if could be like. The plot is also very interesting.


Funny, interesting, and uh...intermittently ridiculous and strange.But ultimately enjoyable.I first read this book the summer before 9th grade. The book chronicles the life of a boy in his last year of high school, and first year of university. As a recent elementary school grad, it was waaaaay over my head, so I dismissed it as some weird adult book that didn't contain nearly enough unicorns to hold my attention as a 13 year old.I decided to reread it a couple of weeks ago, as I am now in the same situation as Hart, our protagonist, finds himself in at the start of the book- at the end of high school, trying to get into that dream university and leave the buffoons behind, while I go on to become the world leader in my chosen field of neurobiomathepsymechanical engineering (or whatever major sounds fanciest).Needless to say, I understood and subsequently enjoyed it much more this time around. The satire is everywhere- if you didn't know it was there, you'd be very confused. It pokes at much of the pop culture concerning universities (and otherwise), highlighting the crazy shenanigans you can only seem to get into if you're in college- taking a frozen hot dog up the rear to pledge a frat, being dragged down the freeway by a hearse in a giant squid costume, or even honest-to-god raising a mummy in the university museum. I have to say- I was on the fence for a while on this book. It seemed like every aspect of the book contained some weird and highly unlikely detail that culminates into an alternate universe where every strange statistical anomaly exists in a small town in New England.Then I reminded myself it was a parody- and a well done one, at that.Nearly every detail of the book is somewhat ridiculous- whether it be ridiculously unbelievable or ridiculously funny- and yet it has an air of inherent truth and realism throughout. I guess I would say, no other book that contains a dog running for office, a chainsaw wielding wheelchair, or an actual real life vampire will have you saying "that is so true" so often.


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.

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.

Joy Mitchell

I love it. I recommend it to my awesome group of 2 friends.




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.

Rishi Kulkarni

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


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


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

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