The University of Colorado has many valuable lessons to teach young British exchange student Ross Cooper. There is the art of unfastening bra straps using only a foreign accent, the politics of corrupting campus radio through obscene freestyle rapping, and the science of sharing a jail cell without using the communal toilet.
But when he finds himself falling for April - the all-American girl of his adolescent dreams - only to confront her smarmy hulk of a boyfriend, Ross faces his biggest education of all.
It proves to be a master class in friendship and depravity, lust and restraint, rumour and honesty, and the hard-fought sport of love.
I had never been more alone than at the top of those steps, yet my inner sense was one of total contentment. I turned to marvel at the view from my new home – a vast expanse of lush grass surroun...