Backseat

Michael s freshman year of college has not gone well either socially or academically In 1969, failure from college or dropping out of school means the draft and possibly Vietnam Michael desperately wants success, acceptance and popularity He believes that pledging a campus fraternity can help put him on the right path As the final hurdle to get into the fraternity, heMichael s freshman year of college has not gone well either socially or academically In 1969, failure from college or dropping out of school means the draft and possibly Vietnam Michael desperately wants success, acceptance and popularity He believes that pledging a campus fraternity can help put him on the right path As the final hurdle to get into the fraternity, he must hitchhike 1,500 miles over a weekend a road trip which could save his freshman year and possibly change his life The rides he gets, the people he meets, and the obstacles he overcomes on his journey do change his life but in an unexpected way.
Backseat Michael s freshman year of college has not gone well either socially or academically In failure from college or dropping out of school means the draft and possibly Vietnam Michael desperately wa

  • Title: Backseat
  • Author: Tom Wascoe
  • ISBN: 9781618632135
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Backseat”

    1. I received this book through first reads. Thank you for choosing me. "Backseat" was a delightful and at times painful reminder of that rites of passage time in life. For the popular ones it is an easier time of adjustments yet not without pain; BUT for the awkward ones it is almost suicide. The title was how Michael viewed his life or his value if you will. He felt like he didn't have anything to bring to the table. Through this cross country journey, he gained more than a frat signature, he ga [...]

    2. Tom Wascoe's novel "Backseat" is a round-trip adventure following one misunderstood college freshman "pledge" as he attempts to prove himself worthy of his chosen fraternity. The main character is sidled with a reluctant pledge who dislikes everything about him (and doesn't mind reminding him constantly!). Follow their attempt to hitchhike across several states - and back - in the course of a weekend on almost no money. They meet plenty of nice individual who are more than willing to lend a help [...]

    3. Backseat was a quick read about finding one's self. It was enjoyable enough, but I found myself wanting so much more! There were many aspects of the story that I feel could have been developed and expanded on. Even the climax of the story, if you can call it that, is pretty quick to the point and over before it really starts!

    4. I received this as an ARC, so I would like to say thank you.This novel was a short novel about a college freshman who embarks on this trip as part of a ritual to get into a fraternity. The main character, Michael, is an awkward introverted kid who doesn't have any close friends, is terrible with girls, and isn't doing well in school. He is paired to go on this trip with Randy, this popular jock who gets all the girls and is sure to get into the fraternity. This novel was fast paced and I enjoyed [...]

    5. Backseat was written in a style that kept my interest. I related quite well to the main two characters challenge and enjoyed the story structure of the two guys hitch hiking 1,500 miles to accomplish their goal. I especially liked the rides they got and the people they met along the way. This story brought me back to my first few years of college and the obstacles I had to overcome to establish my own identity.

    6. This novel is a coming-of-age story about a college freshman who goes on a road trip to get into a fraternity. The protagonist is the awkward kid typical of this type of story, introverted and lacking in friends. The pacing of the novel was largely good and the story well written, though the ending could be improved.

    7. Has a messageHaving done some hitchhiking in college it brought back memories. I also had some good experiences, but cannot say that any lessons were learned, such as meant in this novel.

    8. Tom's maiden voyage into writing was a smashing success! Great character development and storyline. It was easy to get involved with the characters and relate to their experiences! Highly recommend.

    9. The author had a perfect opportunity to characterize the people stopping to give Michael and Randy rides but they flew by so quickly I could never really get engaged with any of them.

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