Assault on the Senses by Michael P. Ferrari
Reviewed by Rocky Reichman
Ever wanted to know what college is really like? Sure, we hear all about the academics
and curriculum. But what about the other part of college, the social life?
Assault on the Senses tells a college student's story living on the "wild side" of college.
Fraternities. Beer. Girls. You get the point.
When I first opened the book, I expected it to read like a memoir, with vivid details
of college life and what it was like to live in a fraternity. Ferrari's book gave me that, yes. But Assault on the Senses
stands out not because of smooth writing or a plot that actually stays on course—both of which the book has—but
because it is substantial. It's not just a narrative of college life from a fraternity student, it's a mystery. A student
gets raped and attacked. Kalvin, the book's protagonist, is falsely accused of the attack. After introducing readers to the
dreadful, drunken and displeasing life that Kalvin leads, the author takes us on a discovery to find the criminal responsible
and clear Kalvin's name.
Think of Assault on the Senses as Harry Potter meets Road Trip. The book is about a
mystery, one that readers will unfortunately find easy to relate to in their everyday lives. And it's also about a life—social
life at college, that is.
Does Kalvin eventually clear his name and save the day? Read the book and decide for
yourself. Ferrari has written a very original type of narrative, and has helped to contribute to the all too small library
of college life books.
Ferrari also excels at his ability to inject humor into any kind of situation, no matter
how plain or boring it ordinarily seems. Which is no surprise. Ferrari's work has appeared on popular comedy websites like
CollegeHumor.com. From the first page, it was clear that this book would be funny. A quick glance at the author bio on the
back cover will explain what I mean:
"Michael P. Ferrari writes for a variety of magazines and websites and has tried to
use that fact to impress women. The results have been less than favorable."
If reading about college students getting drunk and being promiscuous is not your style,
then this book may not be for you. However, it is recommended to all those students either in or about to enter college and
learn their school's social life. At the very least, it will teach readers how not to behave in college.
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