'New Boy': An Accurate Roller Coaster Of Anxiety, Passion, Depression, Anger, Love, Pain
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

'New Boy': An Accurate Roller Coaster Of Anxiety, Passion, Depression, Anger, Love, Pain

"Love is replaced with hate. Happiness is replaced with anger, a raging, boiling anger."

'New Boy': An Accurate Roller Coaster Of Anxiety, Passion, Depression, Anger, Love, Pain
The Odyssey

We all know what it's like to want to fit in; to have such a desire to be accepted and have "friends" that you'll do close to anything. That is exactly what happened to Patrick Ellis, the main character in "New Boy" by Preston Eagan. Right from the get-go, this book pulls in young readers with relatable diction, starting off chapter one with, "Calculus. F*cking calculus." As if starting a new school where you know absolutely nobody isn't already heard enough, Patrick has to deal with demons of his own. Living with anxiety and depression is a constant battle -- one ripping the life straight out of you and making you want to totally freak out, and the other making you feel as if nothing will ever be worth living for again.

Like many new college students without a friend base, Patrick decided to choose the Greek route and to pledge a fraternity. What goes on behind the closed fraternity doors is unknown to the public eye. Fraternities definitely have a very bad rap. Why? Because of the hazing, which this young man was subjected to. First, all of your dignity is ripped out of you by having to refer to your abusers as "sir." Then, any small shreds of dignity you have left are smashed to shreds when you're forced to strip, clean, and even endure sexual harassment by the higher-ups. Dropping out of the fraternity seems like a viable option, right? Wrong. With Patrick's case, his anxiety eats him alive to the point where he is too scared to leave because of what people will say. In his mind, the only real option was to stick it out and to drink and medicate himself into a hazey oblivion.

However, stuck between a rock and a hard place, suicide eventually seems like the only path left to take. Unfortunately, suicide is too common of an occurrence on college campuses between the stress, homesickness and untreated mental disorders. During one unexpected time, Patrick happens upon a stunning sorority girl named Jennifer and begins to fall hard. His way of thinking and figuring things out begins to totally morph. Will he continue down the dark path of illegal substances? Will he ever escape the torment and abuse that is fraternity hazing? Will him and Jennifer fall madly and love? Will he get help for his own, internal demons? You'll just have to download this book to find out.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Six Most Iconic Pitbull Lyrics Of All Time

Mr. Worldwide just wants to see you succeed.

a photo of artist Pitbull

It is no secret that Pitbull is a gifted artist, but many fail to remember that he can be a source of great inspiration as well. The following is a list of iconic Pitbull lyrics that we know and love. Read on to feel empowered — if you think you can handle it.

Keep Reading...Show less

11 Essential Expectations for Becoming the Ultimate Cheermeister

Mastering Festive Expectations: Tips to Shine as Your Holiday Cheermeister

Crazy for Christmas

So you’ve elected yourself as this year's Holiday Cheermeister, there’s no shame in that. The holidays are your pride and joy, and you've taken on the responsibility to get everyone in the spirit. With only one week until Christmas, here are some things we expect from you, Cheermeister.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments