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Book Review: The Happiest Kid on Campus

This is the newest book by the author of “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College” a great book about various tips to survive and succeed in your first year as a college student. Harlan Cohen’s back with a great book for parents and students, his new book “The Happiest Kid on Campus” the book is chock full of tips for parents and students to come into a great college experience. We were sent copies of this book from Cohen’s publicist a few days ago, and have been going through it since then.

Cohen writes in a very entertaining style, his books keep you reading while filling you with information. Unlike some of the other books I’ve read about the college experience, this book isn’t dry. I wouldn’t suggest reading through the whole book flip through the contents and read issues that apply to you directly. This is a great book for both parents and students to keep on their shelves. Cohen backs up his points with stats and other tips to help you and your parents have a smooth transition in to the college life.

Some of my favorite sections of the book were:

  • Facebook: The Rules and Regulations for Parents
  • Calling, Texting and Chatting: Why you’ll soon learn to text
  • Move-In Day: How to Embarrass Them Just Enough
  • Major decisions: Picking Their Majors for Them (Well, Not Really)

For tips that are more applicable to students read “The Naked Roommate” a great book for the nervous freshman moving in and just starting college. Cohen goes through everything from getting on campus, living on campus, all the way relationships, roommates, and sex. It written in the same witty and entertaining style as “The Happiest Kid”, this is the student equivalent to his book for parents, a must have on your shelf as you go through your college experience.

My favorite sections were:

  • The Ugly Side of Residential Life
  • Be Yourself: Not Me, Not Him, Not Her
  • The Art of Reading (or not reading) the College Textbook
  • The Credit Card and the $600 Candy Bar
  • The U of No Regrets

If you’d like to see more of Harlan’s writing style feel free to read his blog The Naked Roommate and Happiest Kid on Campus and get free tips.

We’re giving away two copies of “The Happiest Kid on Campus” and two copies of “The Naked Roommate.”All you have to do is post a comment on our facebook page telling us your top tips for new freshmen, or retweet this post using the retweet button below and send us an at-reply with your top tip for new freshmen. Remember to fan us on facebook and follow us on twitter. You have until midnight on the 31st of August to enter to win. We will only ship in the United States.

What’s your best tip for new freshmen starting school in the next few weeks?

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Reader Comments (2)

Great review Mohammad. I would love to check these books out now so I can give advice to incoming freshman. I had a few people that were really helpful to me so I love giving back and helping them out so they can have the best experience possible.

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

The Credit Card and the $600 Candy Bar, love it. :)

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

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