This one wasn’t so much for you guys as it was for me. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts semi-regularly, you probably know that I’m leaving for college in August. I’m really excited, and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna rush a frat. As I was in my future college’s bookstore the other day, I saw this book… I had a 20% off coupon that expired in May and I knew that if I didn’t buy something then said coupon would not be spent. Long story short: I bought the book. My opinions will forever be mixed.
I’m not sure how widely-read this book actually is, so I’ll briefly summarize for those of you who don’t know the premise and are too lazy too look it up yourselves. Total Frat Move follows Townes Prescott, a freshman in his local college. Townes’s father was a frat brother in his college days, which makes Townes a legacy. He’s got big shoes to fill. The rest of the novel turns into a giant drunken party that spans about four years, but by the end of year four, you’ll be disappointed that your good buddy Townes ran out of stories.
Soooo. You guys want the good news or bad news first? I typically ask for the good news first so I’ll dwell on the positive aspects of the novel first. For starters, it made fraternity life seem really.freaking.awesome. The parties described in this novel made anything I’ve ever been to seem like watching paint dry. The situations the brothers got themselves into made me wish I was there. The drugs they did… OH MY ((Just kidding, I’ll pass on those…unless there’s cocaine, of course! (Again, kidding)). I’d like to tell you there were more positive things about this book, but aside from the funny pictures and amazing story, there wasn’t much. It kept me entertained for a few hours, though.
As I just mentioned, the story was crazy super awesome. The writing…well, it wasn’t. It was almost like it was written by a 7th grader who just found out he could use big boy words when mommy and daddy weren’t around. I usually don’t hate on a book for the eloquence the author writes with, but I kinda feel the need to with this one. It’s almost as if the author was targeting “dumb” frat boys.
Despite what I just told you about not liking it (I’m guessing the average reader won’t) I still think I did. I liked TFM because I am in a college-bound mindset and I’m ready to live this stuff for myself. I realize the novel surely took some creative liberties, but it did a terrific job of making me feel as if I was one of the guys. Basically, when it comes down to it, I’d say this: If you love stories about drunken ragers and hilarious run-ins with the law, this book is definitely right up your alley. If you prefer to stick to the critically acclaimed highbrow stuff, don’t touch this with a 10 foot pole. I like to mix it up some, so I’m content with the money I spent.
Reading Total Frat Move and writing a review on it. TFM.
*If this seems rushed and underdone, it’s really not. There’s just not a whole lot to say about this book. You take it at face value, and you either like it or ya don’t. I chose to like it.
Well, I’ll see you all later. I’m off to go buy blazers and boat shoes.
-In all seriousness, I don’t know what I’m gonna read next. However, I plan on posting things other than strictly reviews in the coming future. Be on the lookout!