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Posted August 26, 2012
Note: I received a complimentary advance copy of Penelope to rev
Note: I received a complimentary advance copy of Penelope to review.
Penelope is a socially awkward young woman who begins her first year at
Harvard. This is Penelope's story of trying to fit in. While there
are some issues that are specific to Harvard, most of the book could be
representative of any college, or in some cases, even high school. There
are a lot of relationship, social and academic issues that are not
necessarily unique to any school. I was thinking that maybe this
book should be read by graduating seniors and discussed. It is a
light-hearted look at freshman year but it does address situations
regarding class selection, auditing, parties, making friends,
extracurriculars, competitiveness, etc. It is not unusual for a freshman
to become overly stressed about his or her experiences and this book
looks at the humor of it. I did chuckle in many different places,
sometimes because I remember going through some of the same things
during my first year at college, and others just because they were
really funny: "Penelope was duly awed. Harvard stretched languidly
and impressively into the rest of Cambridge like a redbrick monopoly. It
was larger and more obliquely Federalist than Penelope remembered and,
if she thought about, she was intimidated. To her right she saw a large
clock tower; to her left she saw a tobacco shop filled with antique
pipes. In the center she saw a gigantic Au Bon Pain. "Wow,"
she observed to her mother. "I know," said her mother. "I
have never seen that big of an Au Bon Pain before either.""
One negative is Penelope's personality. She is a complete pushover and
truth be told, has absolutely no personality. She agrees with
practically everyone, let's people walk all over her and then rejects
the one really good person in the whole book. It got a little old.
There are no profound messages in this book. However, Penelope is a
quick, light read and anything that makes me laugh is worthy of my time.
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