Andrea Marr heroine of the classic 90's novel Girlis back. And she's at college!
Imagining a typical J. Crew/college catalogue” experience, Andrea leaves Portland to attend prestigious Wellington College in Connecticut. Surrounded by the best and the brightest, she works hard to adjust and keep up.
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Unfortunately, reading this sequel 17 years later felt like a chore and it failed to hold my interest.
But be prepared for the onslaught of teen-angsty melodrama told in embarrassingly authentic detail - the combination took me back to my own coming-of-age days as a moody suburban high school kid, and then a (still-moody, but then also) wide-eyed pretend-sophisticate in first-year ...more
So, Dream School is the follow up to Girl and it's Andrea going off to the big East fancy pants school and she's excited because she's going to do Big Things and she's going to Change because that's what going to one of those schools does to a girl. She's taking classes, meeting people, making films with the ...more
Blake Nelson's Girl was, along with The Virgin Suicides, (also excerpted in Sassy, if I remember correctly?) one of the first books (if not thee first), that opened the world of non-school reading to me and got me excited about books and literature.
This is not to mention the fact that I was the narrator, Andrea's, age and also getting into bands and trying to figure out my own identity—one that was strongly connected to music—at the time the book came out. And I was a diary-writer and loved how ...more
At first I was apprehensive and it took me a bit to get into Andrea's head again. She's kind of disassociated in her first semester at Wellington and that made it harder for me to jump into the narrative. For instance, she mentions at one point that she's wearing some thrifted Keds on a date, and she says she bought them at a place she found ...more
If you read Girl, you probably will stop reading this review at "This is the sequel to Girl..."
Dream School came out last year and the only reason I waited so long to read it is because I didn't know it existed. (Seriously, universe, how could you keep us apart for so long?!) Girl was one of my favorite books in high school and I read it for the first time right before ...more
Her same stream of consciousness relaying of the daily minutia of her life and having it turn into a pretty entertaining novel have transferred from high school to her first years at prestigious, east coast Wellington College. Her social life encompassed by the Portland music scene has been supplanted by the college, coming of age experience in all it's self-unaware, self-obsessed ways. She's still wit ...more
Something that I love about all of Blake Nelson's books is the way he develop ...more
So there was really no way this book could live up to my hopes. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it ...more
The writing style grew up in this book, which makes sense afte ...more
Turns out I shouldn't have doubted Blake Nelson. "Girl" is one of those books that has such a perception altering effect that it mirrors a drug. You read it over and over hoping for that same high, but it never reaches quite the level you were hoping for when you already know what's going to happen. "Dream School" is a gift because it allows you t ...more
it seriously changes everything. ...more
This was a decent follow-up to Girl, which gave me complete life when I read it the night before I graduated high school in 1995, yet since this book was taking place the second after the last one finished I was disappointed that the tone of Andrea had changed slightly. I guess if you haven't read the book Girl as many times as I have you might not notice it, yet it was there, and that saddened me a bit.
I also had some confusion with her friends in college ...more
I am not giving it five stars like Girl for a few reasons, one is all the typos, at least in the version I had. The other is the cover. It's a great cover because the semi nudity is sure to appea ...more
2. i was excited to revisit with andrea marr but perhaps my expectations were too high. the ending felt almost like "okay i'm done with writing this" which i know was intentional but a bit of a letdown.
regardless, some of the passages hit close to home, even at 26 years old. how do you let people know you're still cool and into cool things while managing to maintain the status quo?
And to bring up 'Catcher' again, I think this is probably why Salinger never wrote a sequel. He'd just be writing out a life, in parallel to his own, for Holden.
His first novel GIRL was originally serialized in SASSY magazine and was made into a film staring Selma Blaire and Portia De Rossi.
His novel PARANOID PARK won the prestigious International Grinzane Literary Award and was made into a film by Gus Van Sant.
His most recent Young Adult novel ...more