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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
While fulfilling his job description with a delivery to Princeton University, our narrator realizes the beauty and rich culture apparent on an Ivy League campus. A longing for a better life is ignited and Thurston Green is born. With no real strategy in mind, “Thurston” auditions for a campus theatrical production, finds deserted space in which to camp, and inadvertently joins the student body of the Princeton Tigers. The food is awesome (and magically free), the population is friendly, and the coeds are certainly “different.” It doesn’t take long, though, for Thurston to ingratiate himself into the arm of a young woman anxious to please him. Thus begins a dream life devoid of financial and scholastic responsibilities. Thurston surprises himself with a zeal for learning as well as the depth of his feelings toward Dotty. Without legal credentials, Thurston is aware of the impossibility of falling to his knee and offering himself as husband material. The positive aspects of his fate far outweigh any inconvenient encumbrances, though.
The Ivy League Impostor by Jonathan Bernstein is a brilliant work of fiction that holds the strong possibility of being an actual event. Thurston Green’s adventure is quite believable, thanks to the authentic voice of author Jonathan Bernstein. As a graduate of a small, minor Ivy League institution of higher learning, I am forced to wonder about my former classmates and their roles in campus life. The Ivy League Impostor is an engaging story that will undoubtedly entertain readers loyal to any genre. Bernstein captures an accurate image of campus college life that can only be representative of a prior experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.