Author: Jeremy Iversen
Reading Level: Adult/Older YA
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Released: October 24th 2011
Review Source: Simon Pulse
Summary: (from goodreads) Bret is the kind of guy that girls want and guys want to be. He wears the right clothes, hangs out with the right people, and parties just the right amount. It is the night of his twenty-first birthday, and he knows it will be epic - drugs, nameless girls, endless booze and everything in between. But as the night goes on, pieces of Bret's past pierce through the party's haze. And he realizes that in always looking for a rush, he missed the moment his life turned into one big downward spiral that can only end at rock bottom.
I wanted to start off my review simply with this is NOT a YA, or teen book. In my opinion no one under the age of 18 should be reading this book. With that being said, this book is based on the life of a young man, Bret who is rushing in a fraternity in college. And because his 21st birthday is coming up, he is told he must drink 21 drinks on the night of his birthday. The book follows Bret throughout the night of his birthday, all the while flashing back and forth to the past and the present.
This story was very intriguing in the sense that it’s written in a man’s POV and you really get a sense of what the character is going through or has gone through. I’ve had my fair share of college fraternity movies & books but this book takes it to whole another level. The book is very well written and has many different situations in it, such as sex, lesbians, drugs, and alcohol, hence my opinion of it NOT being a YA book. You’re pretty much experiencing life as a college student and a fraternity brother or sorority sister the whole time you are reading this story. It’s a short book, so if you’re a fast reader you can finish it in a couple of hours. I recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in these types of stories or just wants a feel for what the “College life” is.