When Patty Went to College
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When Patty Went to College (Patty #1)

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"Paper-weights," observed Patty, sucking an injured thumb, "were evidently not made for driving in tacks. I wish I had a hammer."

This remark called forth no response, and Patty peered down from the top of the step-ladder at her roommate, who was sitting on the floor dragging sofa-pillows and curtains from a dry-goods box.

"Priscilla," she begged, "you aren't doing anything...more
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Aegypan (first published 1903)
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Cora
It was a fun read.I read it in one setting.It's been a long time since I've read a book in one setting.
Patty Wyatt, the protagonist of this story somehow reminds me of Judy Abbot,but not exactly like her.She is a funny character who makes me laugh out loud many times during the reading,she has the sense of humor.she doesn't like to obey rules and she breaks them whenever she likes.I love her method of studying for exams and her kindness toward others.
In my opinion,one of the reasons this book is...more
Psychogroupie
When Patty Went to College is a continuation of Jean Webster's Just Patty which chronicles the life of the main protagonist Patty Wyatt and her friends in college and high school - respecively. It is a collection of short stories said to be loosely based on the author's experiences. Unlike Just Patty, we see Patty's mischief toned down a little but her spunk, attitude, charm, and character still stands out. I particularly liked the last story in the book where Patty decided to cut obligatory chu...more
nymfaux
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When Patty Went to College was a fabulously fun read! The story revolves around Patty, finishing her final year of college, and her life full of playful shenanigans. Patty is one of those characters that has a way of wrapping her friends around her finger, and before they know it their up to their necks in another of Patty’s I-Love-Lucy-esque schemes. And it wasn’t long before I was just as enamored with her, myself! From the very first chapter, I was in love with her...more
Wendy
Apr 16, 2008 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sue, maybe Melody
Recommended to Wendy by: Laurie
I was rereading a couple of favorite chapters from this book last night, and wondered how much it influenced Carney's House Party--it seems fairly likely that MHL read it, since she read and referenced Daddy-Long-Legs. I know this didn't have the popular following DLL did, but I bet she read it, either around when it was written or when she was doing research for CHP.

If Carney's parents had read it, would they have been so keen to send her to Vassar?

I love that Patty's techniques for seeming br...more
Alix West
Jean Webster, I LOVE YOU. While the Patty books aren't quite as well-crafted as Daddy Long Legs and Dear Enemy, I found myself loving Patty just as much as Judy or Sallie. Read my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Gen
Lighthearted and fun! Suitable for girls 10+; innocent humor. Easy read; I managed it in about 1.5 hours.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Patty Wyatt is still the same mischievous, somewhat lazy, inherently good girl and truly loyal friend in college as she was in her days at St. Ursula's boarding school. This book was actually written before Just Patty and was Webster's first novel. It is made up of a series of vignettes just as the other Patty book happens to be, chronicling a year in the life of Patty and her friends - with stories of all the mischief they get up to. There are some particularly amusing stories in this one, such...more
Li
Apr 22, 2011 Li rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Li by: Read the related "Just Patty"
“When Patty Went to College” is in a similar vein to Just Patty, this time a series of short stories about Patty at a women’s college (Ms Webster went to Vassar, and apparently both this book and “Daddy-Long-Legs” were based on her experience there, which makes it even more fascinating). Again, the focus is on college life, with Patty making her way though her last year of school in her own happy-go-lucky fashion.

I didn’t realise until now that “When Patty Went to College” was actually written b...more
Hobby
Judul Asli : WHEN PATTY WENT TO COLLEGE
By Jean Webster
Copyright © 1903, by The Century Co.
Illustration by C.D. Williams
Penerbit Orange Books
Alih Bahasa : Rien Chaerani
Editor : Azzura Dayana
Pemeriksa Aksara : Nungki Bolo Bolo
Desain Sampul : Windu Tampan
Cetakan I : Agustus 2010 ; 236 hlm
~ Conclusion in English ~

Kembali bertemu dengan Patty Wyatt yang telah beranjak dewasa dan kini menjalani kehidupan di bangku kuliah. Meski telah jauh lebih dewasa, Patty tetap memiliki sifat ceria dan suka berbu...more
Matthew Legaspi
Jean Webster published her first novel, “When Patty Went to College” in 1903. Like her uncontestably more famous “Daddy Long Legs” (1912), her debut novel was based on her life and experiences in a women’s college. The book is a collection of loosely connecting stories about Patty Wyatt’s senior year, beginning with her first day in her new dorm and ending a few weeks before graduation. As “Daddy Long Legs” introduced me to Jean Webster’s body of writing, I admit it was rather difficult not to d...more
Utami
Sorry to say, I can only give 2 stars for this book. A little bit disappointing, secara saya suka sekali buku pertamanya, Just Patty.

Kalau Just Patty bercerita tentang kehidupan Patty di masa SMA, buku ini bercerita tentang saat-saat Patty menjadi mahasiswa. Tetap sama seperti ssaat dia masih SMA, Patty masih saja berkelakukan usil dengan berbagai ide untuk menggoda dan mempermainkan tidak hanya temannya, tapi juga dosennya.

Somehow, ceritanya berasa kurang greget. Latar belakang tentang bagaiman...more
Jennifer

True rating: 4.5 stars.

Another winner from Jean Webster. Patty's enviable insouciance (the word was made to describe her!) regarding the trials of college life, her ability to extract herself from every jam she so fearlessly gets herself into, and those jams themselves, are as hilarious now as they surely were at the turn of the twentieth century, and as they undoubtedly will be a hundred years from now. The language and customs of Patty's day, and Webster's own breezy style (which perfectly ref...more
Stephanie
I love Daddy LongLegs by the same author, and I like school stories, so I thought I'd give this a try. It was only OK. Patty gets into scrapes - and drags her friends into scrapes with her - and at the end of every chapter I expected everyone to say "OH THAT PATTY" with a knowing grin.

The moralising chapter at the end where Patty gets told by the bishop that skipping church, lying, and generally being a troublemaker (with a good heart nonetheless) was creepy and although likely true to the era i...more
Sita
I like Just Patty better than this one. Here Patty is in college as opposed to high school but for some reason it just didn't work as well. Maybe the strange endings? There were fair amount of chuckle worthy moments though. If I had read this first maybe I would like it more and I do think this is a great first book, so I guess in a sense, ms Webster writing gets better. So kudos for that!

The language is pretty easy to follow. It's newer as Gotenberg Project book goes, so it's not as hard as sa...more
M Razavy
انسجام بابا لنگ دراز و دشمن عزیز رو نداشت، ولی دوست داشتنی بود:)
Rachel K
I almost just gave it three stars, because it is no Daddy Long Legs. It's a series of vignettes, and I wasn't driven to sit down and read it all in one sitting. On the other hand, it is still Jean Mother-Effing Webster, so it is sparkling and witty and contains many perfect moments. It surprises me how her books never seem dated. You recognize certain aspects of them as being from a past era, but people have always been, to an extent, the same. As always, the characters are charming and delightf...more
Larissa
Patty is so irreverent, which is intended to be her attraction, but also becomes her worst characteristic. While I thought the end chapter was a good touch to try and redeem the ridiculousness and near monotony of Patty's never ending "faux pas" it was almost too little too late. The first book was much better and less thoughtless. Patty lost much of her charm as she grew up and I honestly cannot imagine a 22 year old acting this thoughtlessly and selfishly. I wonder if she would have been as po...more
Zeta T.
Jean Webster is worth her salt! I plan to read this again. A nice treat for a lilting swing in the hammock, although I didn't realise Chapter 5 was so mean the first time I read it. Makes me want to re-write that chapter. A bit like L.M. Montgomery but with more pranks and less description of clothing, spiritual things, or wildlife and scenery. Reads a bit more like a play.

This also has, like Just Patty, that unique ability to tell a story with no romantic-love interest. Always an intriguing fea...more
Becky
Eh. Parts of it were witty, but overall it was completely lacking in any heart.
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Graded By: Alix
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BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale: Sisters before Misters!
Talky Talk: Jean Motherlovin’ Webster
Bonus Factors: Women’s College, Practical Jokes, Jean Webster
Relationship Status: Kindred Spirits

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Catherine  Mustread
Enjoyed Patty's humorous escapades but not quite up to the same level as Webster's Daddy Long Legs or Dear Enemy. Another good read through DailyLit.com
Dara
I am biased towards Jean Webster but I really enjoyed this. I think if she had lived longer she would be read as often as Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery. Just as lovely but a tad saucier. This early work of hers isn't really a novel, it's more like a collection of short stories that focus on a single character at a women's college.
Alice
My least favorite in the Webster books. Patty is less three dimensional than she appeared in "Just Patty". Her escapades are often self-serving and disrespectful of authority. In the final chapter the author ties in a moral by making Patty compare her life with a more respected class-mate. I don't see enough reason to suspect any change of heart.
Kirsten
This took me forever to read. It's a series of loosely connected vignettes set in a women's college at the turn of the century. I love the details of place and setting - but there's not a lot of "there" there, otherwise. And Patty is kind of an unpleasant character, really - I wouldn't want to know her in real life.
Zen Cho
Patty is so much fun! She's like Psmith, but a girl. I thought the moralising at the end was kind of tacked on, but liked the rest of it. I wish there was a sequel where she falls in love, though -- then it really would be 100% the kind of thing I gobbled up as a kid. (Cf. Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables, etc.)
Dianna
This is one of the most frivolous books I've ever read—which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I just didn't find Patty's escapades all that amusing. Also, there was no plot to connect the incidents, so I didn't really feel interested in the story and had a hard time getting through it.
Speakercoret
nitip ma bu dokter pas ada grebeg buku apa grebeg yogya yah.. yah itu lah pokoknya :p
pas nyampe ternyata ditulisnya kado ^_^
makasih bu dokter (hug) :* ----skypemodeon
mmmmm pengen sering2 nitip ah, kali aja ditulis kado lagi hihihihihi

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Kelly
I was surprised at this story, mainly because college life has really changed so little! Patty is more mischievous than most girls, however, and it's hard to believe that one conversation truly changed her entirely. Still, a fun read that showed college life a century ago.
Yvonne
While I LOVED "Daddy-Long Legs" and "Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster, her first novel was just ok for me. I don't feel like she had found the voice/sense-of-humor that I enjoyed in her other work at this stage in her career. Not a bad read, but I'm glad I read her other work first.
Sarah Stewart
As a fan of Jean Webster (Daddy-Long-Legs) it was interesting to read an earlier work of hers to see her budding style and also to see how far she eventually came. The story itself didn't have a lot of substance, but was good light reading.
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Jean Webster (pseudonym for Alice Jane Chandler Webster) was born July 24, 1876 and died June 11, 1916. She was an American writer and author of many books including Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. (The books are available online in the etext collection, A Celebration of Women Writers,and in downloadable form at Project Gutenberg.) Her most well-known books feature lively and likeable young female...more
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“I'm getting old... Soon I'll be thirty, and then forty, and then fifty; and do you think any one will love me then if I deal in subterfuges and evasions? Character, my dear girls, is a plant of slow growth, and the seeds must be planted early.” 0 likes
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