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"Barreca's humor shines through."--Library Journal
"Over four years at an elite school in remote New Hampshire, smack in the middle of the women's movement, Barreca learned to do what any sassy smartypants would: challenge stale ideas and press buttons . . . 'a good education can be subversive' [Gina Barreca] writes in her recent book on the experience."--Chicago Tribune
"Whether you attended college at the same time as Barreca, or have children in college now, or just enjoy reading a well-written memoir, you're likely to enjoy reading Babes in Boyland."--Executive Times
Posted October 4, 2005
Babes in Boyland is a memoir that captures the spirit and culture of a world that is still with us. while the author is talking about her time in college about 30 years ago, she is also describing, in a funny, engaging way, what life is like for girls and women today when they try to break away from the expectations of their families and the institutions they're dealing with. The book is a fast, fun read and should be read by every girl applying to a 'good' college.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2005
While Babes in Boyland is sold under the guise of a story about coeducation at Dartmouth, it is nothing more than Barreca¿s autobiography of her college years (highlights from her college scrapbook). The novel, filled with self-praising and clichés, fails to really capture what it was like to be a women at Dartmouth during that time. Barreca¿s struggles with assimilating seem to have more to do with her cultural background than her gender. This novel makes no serious attempt to really expose the culture that prevailed at that time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.