College Girl

College Girl

Book - 2008
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"When twenty-year-old Natalie transfers to the University of Connecticut from the nearby blue-collar branch college, she thinks she has finally arrived. But, attractive and ambitious, she is also ashamed of her working-class background and intimidated by her new classmates. Worse still, she has practically no experience with sex--a fact that only increases her insecurities and social withdrawal. Afraid that she'll be found unworthy, she holds her fellow students at arm's length and finds herself, most often, alone. That is, until she meets Patrick, a handsome, confident senior, her fantasy (she thinks) of a cultured, intellectual Prince Charming--and everything changes. But the more intimate they become, the more Patrick brings out her worst insecurities, and we cringe in recognition as Natalie's behavior becomes increasingly self-negating in the presence of this young man, and ultimately, even self-destructive, until she finally takes extreme measures to change their course"--Cover, p. 2.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9781594488535
1594488533
Branch Call Number: Fic Weit
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 21 cm.

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cgloden Oct 23, 2012

I really liked this book! It was very sad and depressing but a great story of learning about herself and growing from a girl to a woman. The middle part made me so angry because she was letting him walk all over her but she finally realized she was better than that and got the courage to make a change.

Lexicon_ Dec 01, 2011

Weitz has created a very likeable character in Natalie Bloom, whom you shadow as she experiences the University of Connecticut and all the pieces of university life. Natalie is a well-rounded character, with insight that a wide variety of readers can relate to. However, halfway through the book, the plot becomes not unlike a broken record, and the narrative becomes scratchy and dull. It is clear the suicide of a close family member haunts Natalie, but is it responsible for her fall from straight A's, or is it her desire to fit in? We don't really find out. The end suddenly jumps from present tense to future tense within paragraphs, and the ending is less than satisfying. I was really disappointed.

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Lexicon_ Dec 01, 2011

Other: Suicidal fantasies

Lexicon_ Dec 01, 2011

Sexual Content: Fellatio

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