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Siding with Plato: A Romantic Comedy Chick Lit about College Life, Love, and Chaos

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Siding With Plato is a romantic laugh-out-loud chick lit novel about Being Young, Fun, and a Seriously Hot Mess!

Brooke Aarons can’t get to college fast enough. Leaving behind her small town life, she intends to transform herself into a brilliant psychologist at the University of Texas.

Fascinated by the study of human behavior, Brooke decides to feed her curiosity when she
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 25th 2015 by Clink Street Publishing (first published May 13th 2013)
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Reeka (BoundbyWords)
More times than not, your reading self is going on a hell of a lot more adventures than your physical self, at least mine is. My adventures of choice usually include fantastical worlds, and severely improbable magical abilities. But sometimes, just sometimes, I like to experience things that are more likely to happen in my own life, or have very WELL happened in my own life. Like drunken nights with friends, and embarrassing crushes on boys, and a general disarray of fun and good company. Sid ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a lot of fun. From the opening paragraph on you will find something here that makes you giggle. Some of the dialogue is a bit out there and there were moments when I wondered if anyone would really act or react the way these characters did, but it is fiction after all.

I liked the quirky narrator voice and the way the main character could put a bright spin on even the worst of situations. The exchange with the cop made me laugh out loud. Which one of us girls hasn't tried to flirt o
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
“Siding with Plato” is a funny novel about freshmen adventures of Brooke and her three new friends Darci, Stella and Kate in their first year at the University of Texas, Austin. They go out and party, do a lot of stupid things, get into different kinds of trouble and still manage to have fun and find love.

As someone who never had the American college experience, I found it really interesting, especially the way the author manages to talk about some serious issues of the culture. You have a bunc
Jenny Michelson
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this book from good reads. Cute story, likeable characters. Finished the book in 4 hours. I would read more of this story. Come on write Sophomore year!
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooke is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of small-town California, she quickly makes friends with three other women in her dorm. Along with Stella, Kate and Darci, they form their own version of "Sex and The City."

The frat parties start almost immediately. There are a number of occasions where they go to a party, and wake up sometime the next day, maybe in their own bed, and maybe in someone else's bed. They may, or may not, be alone in that bed. They also have no memo
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a recent college grad, I smiled all the way through Siding with Plato! Likable characters, relatable life situations, and a swoon worthy romance- this book had everything I was looking for in an entertaining read!
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Siding with Plato reminded me of a party with firecrackers, colorful confetti and a light-hearted mood, fizzy bubbles of soda and best friends at my side! The highly exciting plot, nicely mastered characters, descriptive language and all that sprinkled with sparkling humor creates an unforgettable atmosphere of university life!
This is the story of Brooke Aarons and her freshmen friends Kate Holden, Stella Price, Darci Moore and their student life at the University of Texas. Brooke decid
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Siding with Plato reminded me of the 90’s teen and college drama television shows I used to watch during the glory days of my youth; very Beverly Hills, 90210. I felt like I was along for the ride with Brooke while she’s venturing outside of the life she’s known, meeting new and interesting college friends who later become her closest allies. There are cute frat boys who live right across the hall, introducing Brooke to all the coolest colleg
Charlotte Lynn
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love when a new author comes across my desk. Michelle Manning is that new author for January. I always start the book with a little worry about what to expect. Siding with Plato is exactly what I was hoping for and more.

I love Brooke and her college friends. They were each unique, yet so fitted to be best friends with each other. My oldest is heading to college next year and I hope that she meets friends like these girls. (Although, a little less drinking and partying and a lot more class time
Lex Allen
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Plato’s “Love is a serious mental disease” sparks the story “Siding With Plato” by Michelle Manning into a rollicking fun tale that melds women’s fiction, coming of age, and romance into humorous adventure of life and love at the University of Texas-Austin campus.

Lead character Brooke Aarons is a smart young woman on a mission, but not so obsessed with her goals that she ignores the fun things in life and love, although love isn’t high on her agenda. With her new girlfriends—Kate, Darci, and St
Cristina Slusariuc
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was more than pleased surprised to find out that “Siding with Plato” it’s not just an ordinary romance book, but one which comes with a fresh, lovely and modern perspective over the classic love aspects, with well-developed and captivating characters which conquered me even from the first pages!

The dose of romance mixed with amusement which I found it especially in the lines between Brooke and her girlfriends, made me laugh-out-loud! But, besides that, what I most enjoyed, was the subtle psych
Pam Flynn
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was a great read with so many of my memories of college rolling back in as each page was turned. I love the main character Brooke who is clumsy, sweet, & a little bit wild. She reminded me of my first years in college where second guessing and goofy screw ups happened on a weekly basis. The setting of the University of Texas was wonderful for this Texan, but this book could be about any college campus across the country as it is relevent & funny on so many levels. Michelle Manning trul ...more
Joyous Grace
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This book is super amazing, i never knew how interesting this book could be! I only gave it a trial and i am so excited i deed.

The book “Siding With Plato” is super fun and interesting, i could imagine my college days; all the fun i had and all that happened. I got connected to the fundamental character Brooke; she is very lovely, sweet and kind.

I love the writing style of Manning, he made the story vert clear and easy to understand. This book is a must read for everyone, I recommend this amazin
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-won
I loved this book and read it nonstop. It was hilarious, fun, and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. Brooke's friends are the type you wish to have once you're in college. I loved how they could be themselves around each other. The pranks they pulled on the guys kept me laughing. The romance between Brooke and James stirred my curiosity. I would recommend this to a friend.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads

I had meant to give this book a review but forgotten to do so. The book was ejoyable and the characters were likeable as well as complex if you dig far enough!

I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for free!
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself laughing my a** off and feeling all the different emotions Brooke was going through. I love the friends conversations, the pranks pulled on the guys, and Brooke and her friends putting the snotty sorority girls in their place.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book, because it was relatable and funny. It was good read all the way, I was not expecting the end at all! My personal opinion is I would love there to be a second series of this book because I feel like it don't officially end. Highly recommended
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun summer read!! I want a sequel. Make this a series please!

Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I couldn't stop laughing all through. This character Brooke is a constant reminder of the fun and memorable moments in college. I highly recommend this book.
Christie Manning
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely loved it! Its a Rom Com in paperback and I read the whole thing in two days. Couldn't put it down. Read if you're looking for a great way to kick off your 2016!
Osas Aiyankhe
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cherish the fundamental character Brooke who is cumbersome, sweet, and kind of wild. It was amusing, fun, and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. I was not expecting the end of this book at all...I truly delighted in reading this, since it was solid and amusing. Just Read this book in case you're searching for an incredible approach to commence your day. The jokes and discussions made me roar with laughter. I needed to share the book with my companions to read too. Awesome work by ...more
I’m always on the lookout for new authors and I love discovering indie published and self published works, so when I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review, I was excited to see what it was all about. However, billed as laugh-out-loud chick-lit, it never quite met my expectations.

What stands out immediately is that the writing itself is pretty rough. There are numerous grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book (including a couple of instances where the main character’s
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled with the writing on this one up until 2/3rds into the book and then I finally felt there was some cohesiveness. It might have to do with my stage of life but I don't remember college quite like it's depicted in this book. I just felt the rhythm was off with the writing. A bit punctuated. The book definitely became more enjoyable and less of a project to read towards the end. I wasn't quite sold on the title after I finished the book, but not a bad start for Manning's first boo ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, cliche
This book was badly written, and plain boring.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and a quick read. A good chick-lit palate cleanser between the heavier books. Was definitely relatable!
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Michelle Manning was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. After high school, she moved to Phoenix to enroll in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She received her B.A. in Journalism in 2010 and worked as an entertainment news reporter in Los Angeles before relocating to New York City in 2013.

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