The Naked Roommate (Book Review)

Tyler Zach

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

The Naked Roommate is a compilation of expert and student advice on roommates, relationships, classes, friends, finances, dorm life, sex, alcohol, Greek life, laundry, and more.

When I first received it in the mail I was taken back by the thickness of it. I didn’t realize that I was getting a handbook (about 428 pages) more so than a book. I didn’t look at the cover too closely. Personally, I’d rather read something a little more feasible.

What I like about the book is that it seems to cover almost every topic imaginable that a student would deal with throughout their college life. It is funny in some spots, easy to read, and well organized. I also like how the author has included a lot of student stories throughout the book.

I spent most of my time checking out the Greek Life section since that is my area of interest. This section is divided up into: getting in, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I sensed a slight sarcastic overtone in a few areas – the kind of sarcasm you can usually sense from those outside the Greek system.

However, there are a lot of good tips in this section that I think every incoming freshman should know about Greek life. From my honest perspective, the student stories are pretty accurate and balanced. I didn’t like the multiple uses of “frat” though. Near the end of the section, there are some helpful Greek definitions, links, and resources that are useful.

Bottom line:

You will probably WANT to buy the book if: you are a Greek advisor, you are looking to buy a gift for an incoming freshman, you like fun handbooks on your book shelf, or you want a resource that you can use to educate your fraternity or sorority about college life.

You will probably NOT WANT to buy the book if:
you’d rather have a book more so than a handbook, you are an upperclassmen, or you are looking for deep insight on the college life.

For me: I’d check it out in the library and glean some good tips and stories from it, but I probably wouldn’t purchase a copy myself. However, if I was a young zealous high school senior again, perhaps I’d think differently.

Check it out on Amazon!

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