College Girl

College Girl

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Penguin Putnam
“A raw and resonant debut novel” (Megan McCafferty) and a vivid portrait of life on a modern college campus.

College senior Natalie Bloom is beautiful and ambitious, but also painfully insecure. At twenty, she’s still a virgin, never even having had a boyfriend. At school, Natalie hides out most weekends in the library—until she meets Patrick, her fantasy (she thinks) of a cultured, intellectual Prince Charming. But the more time they spend together, the more Patrick brings out her worst insecurities. And before Natalie’s ready, she winds up losing her virginity— and her sense of direction, as her emotional responses take a dangerously self-destructive turn. Soon it’ll take only the most extreme measures to reclaim her sense of self, her confidence, and her ambition.

Insightful, moving, and achingly self-aware, College Girl is an intensely real portrait of a character whose insecurities are recognizable to us all, and of a time of life that changes everything.



Baker & Taylor
Struggling with private demons from her home life in spite of her attractiveness and ambition, sexually naèive college senior Natalie Bloom falls for an untrustworthy man who preys on her insecurities, and manipulates her into self-destructive behaviors.

Blackwell North Amer
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.
College Girl captures the sharp pain and excitement of youth, the thrill of infatuation and the ache of embarrassment, as Natalie both chases and runs from first love, berates herself first for keeping and then for losing her virginity, and generally fumbles her way through the last leg of the journey into independent adulthood. It is a moving and intensely real portrait of a character whose insecurities are recognizable to us all, and of a time of life that changes everything.

Baker
& Taylor

Struggling with private demons from her home life in spite of her attractiveness and ambition, sexually naïve college senior Natalie Bloom falls for an untrustworthy man who preys on her insecurities, manipulating her into self-destructive behaviors until she finds the strength to reclaim herself. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781594488535
Characteristics: 328 p

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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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