Tabula Rasa: Memoirs of a College Freshman by Dan Wayley
A year that changed everything…
Set at a religious, liberal-arts university, Tabula Rasa tells a story of growing up, falling in and out of love, and forging bonds of friendship that have a lifelong effect. Told through the eyes of a young freshman named Troy Rollins, the novel is at once bitingly witty, frank, tragic, painful, but above all, hopeful.
Troy begins his year at Ellis University as a blank slate: no ambition and no other desire than to finally be on his own and maybe be lucky enough to find a nice girlfriend. He is introduced to a wide variety of stimulating, albeit eccentric characters. His roommate Robby, a socially awkward insomniac. Phil, the Residental Advisor, to whom Troy takes an immediate dislike towards. Brandon, a hyperactive boy across the room who randomly screams profanity. And finally, a girl named Rylee, who he falls deeply and painfully in love with. As his life takes many surprising turns, including becoming embroiled with a dark and dangerous social group, Troy learns the hardest part of life: growing up.
Insightful, intellectual, nostalgic, and incredibly funny, you will experience one evocative first year of college, alongside Troy and the people that make a lasting impression on him forever. Raw and powerful, this memoir will stay with you forever.
Genre: Coming Of Age, Satire