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College Girl

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,267 Ratings  ·  208 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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Hardcover, 326 pages
Published December 26th 2008 by Riverhead Books
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Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Christina
Aug 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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Kelsie
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nette
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it did not like it
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 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
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“The first lesson I would learn about love is that it is filled with disappointment. The second thing I would learn is that the search for a cure almost invariably ends up being self-destructive.” 16 likes
“Even in teen movies like Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles, I always cringed a little when the unpopular girl finally got the hot, popular guy she'd been pining for. What on earth would they talk about after the credits rolled? I didn't want reality. I preferred the safety of fantasy.” 7 likes
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