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For many Ivy League college students, spring break means a raucous road trip to a spot in the sun. For Danny, a Yale junior, the spring of 1982 means two weeks behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his dad's lunch truck in central New Jersey.
But Danny can use the time behind the coffee urn to try and make sense of a love life that's gotten a little complicated. At home, there's loyal and patient Cindy and her recently-dropped bombshell. There is also Polly in New Haven—with her shifting moods, perfect thrift store dresses and inconvenient liaison with a dashing professor. If those problems aren't enough, there's the menace of the Lunch Monsters, a group of thugs who think Danny has planted the Roach Coach in their territory.
Joe College is Tom Perrotta's comic journey into the dark side of young love, higher education and food service.