It is, if nothing else, a welcomed reminder of how great it is to grow up and get too old for that shit. Everyone should have to read this book. This should be required reading for anyone planning to start college in the near future. I was disappointed to see a lot of claims that weren't accompanied by any evidence or sources, as well as some weird gender essentialism, but neither of those issues were prevalent enough to detract from the book's excellence as a whole. American Hookup is a book that should be of broad public interest and appeal, whether one is a sociologist of culture, a higher education researcher, an administrator on a college campus, or simply an interested citizen. I argue that is not the case and that trying to imply these people are "otherwise good" is problematic.
Where Wade could have taken a "kids these days" approach, sounding an alarm for parents about the dangerous behavior of their children, she instead focused on making room for the voices of actual college students about the good, bad, and ugly of hookup culture.
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
Stop blowing these dudes. But now that the lights are on and drunkworld has evaporated, they have to reconcile that their quarry might not be as attractive as they thought, in which case, "but it wasn't, like, anything serious. The change to a partying culture as college students became richer and less focused on academia was also interesting.