Tom Wolfe Synopsis
Dupont University--the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition . . . Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the uppercrust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite--her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university's "independent" newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus--she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence, but little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.

With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the '00s. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the much-anticipated triumph of America's master chronicler.

SPOILER: sent in by Murph who says... "I highly recommend this book, it's one of Tom Wolfe's best."

The book ends with Charlotte Simmons cheering her new beau, Jojo Johanssen, on the basketball court as he, once again, dominates the game while freshman Vernon Congers sits on the bench. Dr. Jerome Quat dropped the plagiarism case against Johanssen after seeing Adam Gellin's story about the governor of California and "The Night of the Skull F&*k" on CNN. Greg finally allows Gellin to run the story on the Wave's front page since the timeliness problem was solved; the Governor recently bribed Pierce & Pierce to hire Hoyt Thorpe at $95,000/year so he will keep quiet about witnessing the incident. I.P.'s family connections to Pierce & Pierce gave him access to the Governor?s phony recommendation of Thorpe which he proudly turns over to Gellin since he is still fuming from Julian sleeping with Gloria, his date at the Saint Ray's formal. The massive press coverage of the bribe causes Pierce & Pierce to withdraw their offer to Thorpe who is left drinking his sorrows away at the IM while lamenting to Vance.