Dreams of Significant Girls
Shirin is an Iranian princess; Ingrid, a German-Canadian eccentric; and Vivien, a Cuban-Jewish New Yorker culinary phenom. The three are roommates at a Swiss boarding school, where they spend their summers learning more than French and European culture. As the girls’ paths cross and merge—summers together, school years separate—they navigate social and cultural differences...more
It turned out the book was NOT about lesbian lovers, no, but actually three girls and three summers they...more
Well, I can tell what this book wanted to be. It wanted to be this beautiful, stunning story of how three girls from such different backg...more
As the synopsis says, the three girls are sent by their families to a premier Swiss boarding school for a summer session. Each girl is sent for a different reason, and each has her own goals and gripes associated with the trip. The three are placed in the same dorm room together, and each fills...more
DREAMS OF SIGNIFICANT GIRLS reads like The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, aimed at a substantially higher age group. Set in the 1970s, Garcia's strengths lie in honestly exploring mature awakenings in young teenagers with an air of both sensitivity and brashness, but also the friendships that the girls develop. The three girls who we follow in this book, Shirin, Vivien and Ingrid, change so much during and inbetween the three summers at PierPont Boarding School for Girls, that it makes...more
I don't even know why I picked up this book in the first place. The title was really unappealing, and the synopsis portrayed the characters as complete snobs. Yet I still grabbed this book off that library shelf, and now I do not regret doing so.
This story revolves around three girls, and three summers. Vivien comes from a loud and boisterous family, but still struggles to find her true self; Shirin is the baby of the family, the Iranian princess that has it all; and Ingrid is a feisty...more
However, I found it hard to understand the motivations of the characters. They acted on impulse, all three of them, but I never quite got the whys of it. It made it d...more
This was less like a book and more of a glimpse into a looking glass showing us a reflection of the story of three completely different girls. Through varying situations in their lives they ended up at a posh Swiss boarding school, each wondering just what they could possibly get out of the situation. But more than getting something out of it, their experience changes their worldview and themselves.
To be h...more
I feel like I'm getting (even) more selective with the books I read. This was one I was really looking forward to, also. A combination of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with a Swiss boarding school/summer camp element (which OF COURSE reminds me of Bloomability) meant this book had a lot to live up to. And it never really captured me, sadly. Though the writing has a very pretty quality to it, the characters themselves were difficult to like. Both Ingrid and Shirin seemed extrem...more
I liked this book, I really did. But there were a couple problems, the main two being: this book needed to be at least two hundred pages longer, but any length other than what it was would have left me totally burnt out.
I thought the characters were interesting, if not a bit frustrating. However, their friendship, the whole point of this story, did not feel fleshed out enough to me. There was hardly any deep communication between the three - Shirin often never shared major and traumati...more
Note: There are some sexually graphic scenes.
"Ingrid was fifteen, a year older than me, but she seemed a lot older; not just because of her height but because of the way she carried herself, as if she knew about everything in advance." Page 5
I appreciate the view of how life was for a fifteen-year-old Iranian girl in Switzerland in 1971: "But the prejudices against my country usurped all logic...more
I liked the idea of these characters, but the characterization leaves much to be desired. Ingrid seemed like an intriguing character, but she turned out to be nothing more tha...more
This is the theme for this thoughtful novel. Ingrid is a rebellious Canadian-German whose father is haunted by his Nazi past. Vivien is a Jewish Cuban whose family has fled not only Cuba, but Miami a...more
It's a shame, really...more
They get stuck as roommates during that first summer - and the two following ones - as th...more
Good characters- I thought the three girls, Vivien, Shirin and Ingrid, were well done. They're personalities were as diverse as they're brackrounds. They were fun to read about and well formed.
Interesting setting- I know it's been done before but the whole boarding school for a...more
With a title like this one, I was expecting something profound or more interesting that what I got. Apparent...more
Larkin is honest, sma...more
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