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Book Review – Five College Dialogues by Ian Thomas Malone

Series: The Dialogues, #1
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 218
Published: August 25, 2014 by TouchPoint Press
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Five College Dialogues is a philosophic comedic treatise on college life told through the eyes of George Tecce, a graduate student working as a teaching assistant in the English department. All the important themes of the collegiate environment are explored as George, his students, and his mentor examine the state of post-millennial academia. Five College Dialogues is a perfect resource for students as well as anyone who wants to relive their four years in an entertaining fashion. 


This book isn’t really the kind of book I usually read. As you all know, I am a suspense and mystery freak, and a hopeless romantic chick, so this book is really a refresher.  So when the author Ian Thomas Malone emailed me about this book, my first impression on its cover is “boring”. Sorry, I know I shouldn’t have judge the book by its cover, but dang! I just can’t stop myself from feeling that way. But after reading all those positive feedback about the story, I changed my mind. I must say that my curiosity strikes so I said yes. Unfortunately, I already have some piled of books in my reading list, but I managed to tuck it in. And viola! Its time has finally come!

I was never a fan of my College years; not because of my bad experiences there, but it’s because I enjoyed my High school years more. In there, I never experienced a really tough and serious problems, well, only love problems (if you even consider that as a problem, haha) lol. And the most important thing, you’ve got an allowance! haha. Now tell me, who wouldn’t enjoy that life, eh?

What I really like about this book, is that it uses a very easy to understand words. Which is actually one of my criteria in reviewing 😉 Who would enjoy a book if it contains a lot of unknown or uncommonly used terms right? It may work to some, but it wouldn’t for majority of its readers. The book’s introduction is very very inspirational. It even took me quite some time, for I keep on reading it over and over again. And the thing that I really love about this book is that it’s more on dialogue (that’s totally what the title says eh? Haha). I’m a dialogue reader, so it’s really a big plus for me. I must admit that when reading a book, I sometimes skip some lines just to reach the dialog part, haha (clever) *wink

I must admit that I find its first few pages boring. Which is the reason why I only lit those four stars above. I find it boring, maybe because the problem that it tackles isn’t related to me. As you know, College life in the US or any other country is different in the Philippines. In my province, you will never feel alone just because you’re a freshman (well, maybe you we’re at first, but you will never end your day without having to meet some new friends). Actually, my freshman year is one of the most exciting year for me during College. Why? Because you’ve got to meet new people and create new set of friends. College life is totally different in high school, so stepping my feet at the University ground gave me the feeling of being proud, and nervous yet very excited. And also, the partying thing, it’s really unusual to us, or maybe just me? (haha, I’m not anti-social, it’s just so happens that it wasn’t a usual thing in our university)

My favorite part of all the five dialogues would be the third one. Where they talk about what “Chief” would do after all of it. And I must say that it really fed me a lot of realization. I used to believe that we should follow the things that we love, but then, after reading this book, I now doubt about that thought. You really did a good job in this story Mr. Author. All advises shared makes sense. And also, I love how you made this story enjoyable by adding some witty and funny scenes. The most unforgettable part for me, was about this girl who was covered with feces and vomit. Haha, it’s really disgusting.

I may have given 4 stars for this book, but I can’t deny the fact that it was really a great read. It didn’t just entertain me, but it also taught me quite a lesson. I bet it would be a perfect book for all College students out there. Two thumbs up for the Author and for this book!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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