What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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UNSOLVED: One specific book > College life at Ivy League school? Nonfiction, sort of controversial when it came out.

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message 1: by Js (last edited Feb 02, 2014 01:08PM) (new)

Js | 14 comments I am trying to find the title of a book about a girl who went to an ivy league school (Harvard?). It was non-fiction, I think, and was a sort of expose on college life... I believe it was sort of controversial when it came out...


message 2: by Hillary (new)

Hillary | 274 comments Prep?


message 3: by Js (new)

Js | 14 comments sounds like a good book, but that is not it.


message 4: by Jan (new)

Jan | 7 comments Commencement? Although that was fiction.


message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily (vocalise) | 27 comments Alexandra Robbins wrote a few nonfiction books about going undercover at college in the early 2000s.
Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
Secrets of the Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League, And the Hidden Paths Of Power

Do either of those look right?


message 6: by Emily (new)

Emily | 138 comments Can you say approximately when it was published?


message 8: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39287 comments Mod
In what way was it an expose/controversial? Did it expose cheating, promiscuity, bad behavior of rich kids, grade inflation, etc? If not those things, what?


message 9: by Js (new)

Js | 14 comments The book is not "Commencement", (which I have read).
The book is not "Breaking Night", which I found on amazon.
I think the book may have been exposing unexpected behavior of rich kids, promiscuity, etc. Sort of partying. (?)
It was not published in the last 4 years, it is not a recent book.


message 11: by Anna (new)

Anna | 207 comments Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder? Although any expose is more to do with the behaviour of the college and college staff rather than student behaviour.


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message 13: by Emily (new)

Emily | 138 comments It was not published in the last 4 years, it is not a recent book.

That doesn't really narrow it down much...What year did you read it, and do have a sense of at least which decade it was published in?


message 14: by Jesse (new)

Jesse Freedom (neigh) | 250 comments Could it be this one?

Secret Society Girl


message 15: by Js (new)

Js | 14 comments I am going to guess is was published about a decade ago.


message 16: by Js (last edited Feb 10, 2014 10:19PM) (new)

Js | 14 comments It is not "Secret Society Girl"
not "The Runner..."
not "Halfway Heaven..."
not "Restless Virgins..."

Some of those books sound interesting, though.
Who knows, maybe it was a newsweek article?

I appreciate your help, though...


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Diana Welsch | 529 comments Long shot:Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood?

It's a memoir about alcohol abuse that takes place largely at Syracuse University.


message 18: by Sophie (last edited Feb 11, 2014 03:53PM) (new)

Sophie (notemily) | 478 comments The Secret History by Donna Tartt?


message 19: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (notemily) | 478 comments I suppose I am Charlotte Simmons isn't it either.


message 20: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (notemily) | 478 comments Js, did you see Emily's comment at #5? Is it either of those?


message 21: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (notemily) | 478 comments Long shot: Whores on the Hill, about an all-girls high school, not a college.


message 22: by Js (new)

Js | 14 comments It wasn't
Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
Secrets of the Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League, And the Hidden Paths Of Power
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Not
A Secret History
I am Charlotte Simmons
Whores on the Hill

I am sorry I can't give more details. Thank You so much for your help, though.


message 23: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39287 comments Mod
Js, are you still looking for this book?


message 24: by Michele (new)

Michele | 2422 comments Do you remember any specific incidents in the expose? Drugs, rape, pregnancy, cheating on test, etc.? That might help narrow it down.


message 25: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39287 comments Mod
Lobstergirl wrote: "Js, are you still looking for this book?"

No response in 2+ years. Moving to Abandoned.


message 26: by Js (new)

Js | 14 comments I would read it again if I could find it. :) So yes.


message 27: by Andria (new)

Andria (airdna) | 2501 comments Mod
OK, I'll move this back into the unsolved folder, and hopefully we can find your book for you, Js!


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