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"When twenty-year-old Natalie transfers to the University of Connecticut from the nearby blue-collar branch college, she thinks she has finally arrived. But, attractive and ambitious, she is also ashamed of her working-class background and intimidated by her new classmates. Worse still, she has practically no experience with sex - a fact that only increases her insecurities and social withdrawal. Afraid that she'll be found unworthy, she holds her fellow students at arm's length and finds herself, most often, alone." "That is, until she meets Patrick, a handsome, confident senior, her fantasy (she thinks) of a cultured, intellectual Prince Charming - and everything changes. But the more intimate they become, the more Patrick brings out her worst insecurities, and we cringe in recognition as Natalie's behavior becomes increasingly self-negating in the presence of this young man, and ultimately even self-destructive, until she finally takes extreme measures to change their course." College Girl captures the sharp pain and excitement of youth, the thrill of infatuation and the ache of embarrassment, as Natalie both chases and runs from first love, berates herself first for keeping and then for losing her virginity, and generally fumbles her way through the last leg of the journey into independent adulthood. It is a moving and intensely real portrait of a character whose insecurities are recognizable to us all, and of a time of life that changes everything.

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Weitz takes a weak stab at a collegiate version of Prep in this disappointing me-too. Beautiful but virginal Natalie Bloom, a student at the University of Connecticut, has traded her working-class past for a spot at the bourgeois party school. While she maintains good grades, she is less successful in the social scene-a menacing environment where horny frat boys lurk in dark corners and couples easily betray each other-until she meets Patrick in, naturally, the library. Though Natalie insists she's shy, her dialogue with men is snappy and direct, and she and Patrick move toward dating in a series of dull getting-to-know-you conversations. When the relationship turns sexual, Natalie finds herself doubtful about his intentions, but she soldiers on until a weakly developed subplot about her brother's suicide somehow brings her to her senses. Without a comprehensible or urgent plot, the novel relies on its characters, but bland Natalie is surrounded by equally forgettable, interchangeable supporting personalities. When Natalie finally does find her happy ending, the reader won't really care. (Jan.)

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Natalie Bloom, the first girl in her family of six older brothers to attend (or even want to attend) college, has finally transferred to a big university halfway through her junior year. She's spent a couple of years proving herself at a community college, developing an addiction to earning A's after having been labeled a slacker for most of her life (she is, after all, one of those Blooms). She studies Russian history because history comes easily to her-she memorizes facts and she's fascinated by other people's lives. When she meets Patrick one night (studying in the library, of course), she embarks on a journey of self-discovery; while not your typical coming-of-age, Natalie's relationship with Patrick leads her to stark revelations. This debut novel unwraps an intriguing downward spiral, deftly portraying social and psychological implications of college life. Natalie's need to come to terms with her history, slowly revealed throughout, is well worth the read. Recommended for all fiction collections. [The author is married to filmmaker Paul Weitz (The Golden Compass; About a Boy ).-Ed.]-Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594488535
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/26/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Weitz has worked for The Nation, The New Yorker, and Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the filmmaker Paul Weitz, and their two children.

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    A Must Read

    College Girl is something that I've never read before. This book can connect you in life feeling those emotions that Natile had. At one point all of us had those feelings about a guy not knowing what to do or how to act. While reading this book I couldn't put it down, it kept catching my attention I guess you may say. But what I'm trying to say is that it's a great book and I recommanded a lot of my friends to read, they loved the book.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

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    A somewhat painful read

    This book was almost painful to read. Not because of the writing - that was pretty good; almost stream of consciousness but with better grammar and sentence construction. No, the painful part of this was the main character, Natalie Bloom. A twenty year old college student just going to UConn after spending time at community college first, Natalie has no self-esteem and isn't sure how to interact with the other students around her. Weitz makes us feel her pain, her uncertainty. The novel covers the semester that Natalie "grows up" if you will, and describes, in painful detail, all the false steps Natalie takes.<BR/><BR/>Maybe the reason this was so hard to read is that many of the feelings expressed by Natalie are so familiar. I imagine that most every woman in the world has felt them at some time.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Very good book

    I know I like a book if 1) I read it all the way through, and 2) I don't want the book to end. This book was like that. Boy, if college was like that in the 90's, I am glad I graduated in the late 60's! Realistic, always interesting, well written, I cared for the characters. Highly recommended for a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Kia to Josh

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    Allyson

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book I finished it in a day. I am a college student only just at a community college for now but I loved it. I loved the book Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld too and this was a college version of that. I think this was better. I never wanted this book to end as soon as I finished it I wanted more to read.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Boring!

    This book was soo boring! I gave it until chapter 5 to grab my attention and it never did. I never looked forward to reading it cuz it was just miserable. I thought the book was pretty lame too. Hope nobody else waste their time on this book.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    A Realistic Look at College Life

    Did you feel alone, isolated, unattractive, or nerdy in college? Then you'll relate to Patricia Weitz' novel COLLEGE GIRL. The novel was written from the point of view of Natalie, the only girl and youngest child of a fairly redneck family. She's also the only one in her family to go to college. She does exceptionally well, immersing herself in her studies...until she meets a boy. Not just any boy, but the first boy to pay her any attention. What follows is very realistic, as Natalie becomes consumed in wanting this boy to like her even more, even if it means letting her schoolwork (and subsequent grades) slide. It's a situation that feels all too real. Who hasn't become so infatuated with their first crush that it takes precedence over all else? In fact, it feels so intense in your mind that it blinds you from seeing the true situation and makes you think that there is more there than there actually is. I enjoyed the light read that COLLEGE GIRL provided, and it brought back some dormant memories of my own college days of isolation, making friends, having crushes, making poor decisions, and coming to terms with myself as an individual. Weitz' writing is very conversational, and the dialogue and inner thoughts of Natalie were perfectly written.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    A good book...

    I'll admit, I wasn't thrilled with some of the outcomes of the characters, but I think that's because I had higher hopes for them. Peter, for example.
    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a great debut book, that's for sure.
    It dragged on a bit, but I don't regret reading it for a second.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    An Okay Read

    Very similar to Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep but this book takes place in college. Do yourself a favor and read Prep instead - this book seemed to drag on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

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    Moving

    I think this book sheds light on the kind of girl who often goes unnoticed. What the main character goes through is painful, but, ultimately, her story is both a cautionary tale and a survival story, and I thoroughly recommend it. I couldn't put it down.

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