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By Stephanie S. Tolan

Will a person tackle Jake Semple?

Jake Semple is infamous. Rumor has it he burned down his old-fashioned and bought kicked out of each college in his domestic state.

Only one position will take him now, and that is a house university run by means of the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious kinfolk of artists. the one person who does not healthy the Applewhite mould is E.D.—a clever, good lady who instantly clashes with the unruly Jake.

Jake thinks surviving this one could be a breeze . . . yet is he quite as tricky or as undesirable as he seems?

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