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College Girl

2.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,210 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
“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
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Riverhead Books (first published December 26th 2008)
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Elevate Difference
Stop me if you've heard this story before: A beautiful, young, over-achieving student from a poor family feels out of place at her fancy East Coast college. She’s embarrassed by her background, her appearance, and her lack of sexual experience. She meets a boy. He pressures her for sex. Her grades suffer. She becomes depressed, she hates herself, she engages in self-destructive behavior. Finally, she loses her virginity, and hates herself more than ever. Times are hard for a while, but eventuall ...more
Kellie
Feb 04, 2009 Kellie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Stop me if you've heard this story before: A beautiful, young, over-achieving student from a poor family feels out of place at her fancy East Coast college. She’s embarrassed by her background, her appearance, and her lack of sexual experience. She meets a boy. He pressures her for sex. Her grades suffer. She becomes depressed, she hates herself, she engages in self-destructive behavior. Finally, she loses her virginity, and hates herself more than ever. Times are hard for a while, but eventuall ...more
Kelsie
Nov 07, 2010 Kelsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book for several reasons. Just look at its beautiful cover! Luckily, my awesome friend Kristin sent me a copy and I devoured its pages. As a recent college graduate, I could easily picture Natalie Bloom walking around campus. Like Natalie, I had my own special spot in the university library. Like Natalie, I had a memorable dorm roommate. It was just so easy for me to picture her in college settings that I grew accustomed to seeing while in school.

This is a coming of age sto
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Jennie Aurora
Feb 03, 2009 Jennie Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hansen recommended this books and I finally finished reading it this morning on the metrolink (Public transportation is working well for my "reading fun books").

Here is my favorite part that sums up this coming of age novel and finding your passion in life.

"It was never about the guy.
I was never about the sex.
I was never about love.
Really."

Weitz is a talented writer and I had some fun flashbacks to college and years seem very far away. Enjoy!
Lindsay
Jan 30, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. This is the best book I've read in quite a while. I like any kind of coming of age books, but this one is especially great. The narrator is very believable, and her working class CT background reminded me a bit of Rita Ciresi.

I don't want to give anything away. Just promise me that you'll read this. Wow.
Christina
Aug 21, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: source-library
The first book I checked out of my new library, College Girl caught my eye because, well, in a few days I’ll be one myself. That’s where I hope the similarities end because College Girl’s main character, Natalie, is a poor girl embarrassed by her lack of money and lack of experience at her upper-class East Class college. She’s also incredibly whiny and despite being the driving force for her academic achievements, refuses to take responsibility for her actions or feelings.

When her grades begin t
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Nette
Feb 07, 2009 Nette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pure Lifetime Television for Women fare. (Except to be a Lifetime movie, it would need the obligatory colon. "College Girl: The Natalie Bloom Story.") Beautiful-but-doesn't-know-it girl from unpleasant blue collar family tries to make good in fancy college filled with drunken frat boys. For the first 95 percent of the novel I wanted to smack the heroine really hard and tell her to stop pining after stupid boys and get her damn degree; the character magically heard me and shaped up in th ...more
Wes
Jan 30, 2009 Wes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through the eyes of Natalie Bloom, a third-year transfer student to UConn, first-time novelist Patricia Weitz takes us back to school, where academics are only half the battle. Natalie's blue-collar upbringing colors her experience at the venerated campus in many ways, but none so much more than in her relationship with Patrick, a smooth-talking son of privilege with whom Natalie falls hazardously in love. Weitz creates believable characters and brings them to life in this story of one coed's jo ...more
Natalie
May 27, 2009 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lighter
A kind of cliched coming of age story, filled with much repetition of details instead of thoughtful selection of details. Most of the secondary characters are hardly believable (the sometime stripper living down the hall in the dorm, etc). There are so many better novels about young women with family issues, romantic details, and body image concerns -- I'm not sure why this one has been getting so much press lately. If you read a review of this book and thought it sounded like interesting subjec ...more
Erin
Jan 28, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story that I felt mirrored what I saw happening to girls in college whom I knew. I didn't like that Patrick seemed to have no redeeming qualities at all, but the end rang true. Good stuff.
Tracy
Apr 05, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. It was ok. Kind of depressing. Made me want to put my daughters in a bubble, away from awful boys.
Metropolis Books-Julie Swayze
I'm currently reading this book, I love it.
Jessica
Mar 27, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

Natalie is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She transferred to UConn after two years at a different state college. Though she gets almost straight As, she feels as if she doesn’t quite belong. Her family - mom, dad, and six older brothers - is lower class and not all that enthralled with education. And, they haven’t dealt with the suicide of their son and brother over a decade before. Still, Natalie h
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Jeff Raymond
Hey ladies! Did you know that you can be a strong, independent woman as long as you don't have a man in your life, because the minute those boys come around, your academic life will be in shambles and your self-esteem will go to zero, all because of sex!?

Hey, guys! Did you know that you're probably just going to wreck the lives of all the women you encounter, all because you have one thing on your mind, and that thing probably involves what's between your legs?!

Welcome to the world of College Gi
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Arielle
Jan 08, 2010 Arielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a very good book, but it was much better than I expected it to be. It did a fair job of portraying college life and some of the common insecurities girls have, especially when they are in an abusive/manipulative relationship where a guy is using them for sex. That said, it was cliche, predictable, and unoriginal. As Feminist Review already mentioned, there's a very troubling scene where the heroine is handcuffed and forced to recieve oral sex despite her crying and clear protest agai ...more
Meghan
Mar 04, 2012 Meghan rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book at all. I thought Natalie was incredibly stupid. She was so dependent on everyone around her that it made me want to scream. She constantly had to put people into groups and think of them as that group. I could see why she had no friends, she was annoying, whiney, and seemingly-suicidal. Also, I had zero interest in Patrick. I didn't understand at all why she stayed with him. He was a complete jerk. She was just being stupid. I wasn't very fond of any of the characters, ...more
Amy
Feb 28, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lindsay said I had to. AND I'm glad she did. Mainly because this is my favorite type of book. I've said it before and I'll say it again.... Losing myself in the inner world of someone who is slightly tortured, contemplative, and observant, but clearly evolving. These people's perspectives are often skewed and painful (especially at first), but that fascinates me!! I guess that's what they call "coming-of-age." But the journey is a constant, so we never really come of age until... we die? Whateve ...more
Mary Statza
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Amy
Sep 05, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was just okay, yet I was engrossed in it for 24 hours. It brought me back to being a college girl and shy and kind of surprised that people thought I was attractive, but then the book took a big turn and I had a hard time respecting Natalie. I knew she'd have to go through a crisis to emerge stronger and more sure of herself in the end, but still...that was a rough transition to read about.

It wasn't bad for a book I just picked up from the shelf and took a gamble on...but it w
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Kelsie Qua
Aug 01, 2016 Kelsie Qua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, I’ll absolutely fall in love with a story that gets tremendously bad (or, at the very least, mediocre) reviews. The sort of reviews that are so well articulated and point out such obvious flaws that, after seeing them, you decide to put the book in question back and watch a movie on Netflick instead. College Girl by Rachel Weitz is definitely one of those stories. It has the number one thing I usually hate in a novel: a reactive protagonist with no self-esteem who gets eat ...more
Amy
Jan 25, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As another review said "A cliche coming of age story." I couldn't agree more. Natalie, the main character, certainly has feelings we all have at one point or another. The problem is that she comes across as judgmental (even in her own mind) and unaware that she has any good qualities. Boring, and the author repeats details ad nauseam.

By the third chapter, we get it. Trust me. I finished it...but would not recommend it. I think the characters were very cliche, and not especially believable or li
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Katie G
I really liked the first 3/4 of this book. Does Natalie always make the best choices? No. Is Natalie often irritating in her refusal to see what's right in front of her face? Yes. That said, I found myself relating to Natalie more than I'd like to admit. I wanted to keep reading so I could get to the inevitable moment when Natalie finally took control of her life or did whatever drastic thing the back cover of the book promised.

Yet that moment never really came. The end of the book was rather a
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Katie
May 09, 2016 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bamboozlepig
Dec 07, 2015 Bamboozlepig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-of-age
Meh. Natalie was too self-absorbed and whiny. She railed against being judged on her looks and personality, yet turned around and judged others for those very things. I guess that aspect captured the shallowness of being a young adult.

The boy she finally hooks up with is a total douche and uses her only for sex, which she is stupid enough to keep giving him, even though she clearly doesn't enjoy it. Definitely wanted to slap her for being such a doormat in order to be "liked" by a boy. Of cours
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Tiffany
Sep 30, 2015 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I would have read it much quicker, but I just wasn't in the mood to read a whole lot lately. It frustrated the hell out of me, sure, because reading about the deep insecurities of this protagonist was exhausting. It's apparent from the initial meeting of Patrick that he is going to turn out to be a disaster. And as Natalie quickly sinks deeper and deeper into her self-destructive spiral, I just wanted to smack her with something so that she would realize how truly atr ...more
Krysia
Sep 03, 2008 Krysia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young women in college and caddish college guys
Recommended to Krysia by: publisher's advert
Shelves: fiction
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book. At times the character and what she was going through emotionally absolutely broke my heart, even painful to read at times.

Highly recommended for those who would like to reminisce about their college years--particularly dating and living in the dorm--and for young women who are heading off to college.
Gina
Jun 01, 2009 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book puts you in the shoes of someone with low self-esteem. It didn't make any earth-shattering discoveries, or share anything about challenges that I didn't already know. In fact, it sort of just made me feel angry at the main character for making really bad choices. I was glad when I was finished.
Kelly
Jun 18, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Bloom is a senior in college-embarrassed of her upbringing, inexperienced in life. When all of it hits her, she struggles to find her way. It is an easy read and any woman who has discovered herself in her college years, will appreciate the character that Patricia Weitz has created.
Heather
Apr 18, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it was because I work at a college, or due to my own college experience, or maybe it was because I'm simply getting old(ish), but I spent a great deal of time wanting nothing more than to smack the lead character upside the head and tell her to smarten up. Compassionate? No. But honest.
Jane
Jan 26, 2009 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!!!!! Such a fast, easy read. What a shame so many of us (or maybe it was just me) who made so many poor choices. I really felt for Natalie. Loved the ending - kind of mirrors mine today!
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