Girls in Trucks

Girls in Trucks

by Katie Crouch
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Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

Sarah Walters is a less-than-perfect debutante. She tries hard to follow the time-honored customs of the Charleston Camellia Society, as her mother and grandmother did, standing up straight in cotillion class and attending lectures about all the things that Camellias don't do. (Like ride with boys in pickup trucks).
But Sarah can't quite ignore the barbarism just beneath all that propriety, and as soon as she can she decamps South Carolina for a life in New York City. There, she and her fellow displaced Southern friends try to make sense of city sophistication, to understand how much of their training applies to real life, and how much to the strange and rarefied world they've left behind.
When life's complications become overwhelming, Sarah returns home to confront with matured eyes the motto "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia"- and to see how much fuller life can be, for good and for ill, among those who know you best.
Girls in Trucks introduces a narrative voice that is astonishing and irresistible - a true, sweet, and wise voice that heralds the arrival of an exciting new talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316031974
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/07/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 737,596
File size: 295 KB

About the Author

Katie Crouch grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and studied writing at Brown and Columbia Universities. She lives in San Francisco.

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Girls in Trucks 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
I'll start my review by stating I didn't like this book. Not because it is bad in the grand sense of the word but rather just bad for me. I wholeheartedly admit that I felt slightly deceived by the synopsis on the back cover. The way I read it the story was made to sound lighter than it actually was. In reality the biting-humor advertised fell short on me as I waded through the darker tone and dysfunctional situations. It was simply not what I was expecting nor would it have been a book I would have chosen to read had the notes on the back portrayed that darker tone a bit more. Despite the above, Crouch did a great job of developing an extremely complex set of characters. Most importantly her protagonist Sarah Walters is as multi-layered as it gets as she struggles to find what she considers the perfect life for herself. It is she that the reader follows from an awkward girl through her coming of age as part of the Cammelias and then into womanhood. It is this dysfunctional journey that shows how skilled Crouch is as a writer as she portrays Sarah with a sensitivity that makes her rootable. Often times I found myself hoping things would finally turn around for her and that she would finally work through her myriad of addictions (men, alcohol, etc.) to find peace, solace and ultimately happiness. If you are looking for a book that delves a bit more into social structures and how they influence our psyche and the way we navigate life I think this book would be a good selection for you. Further if you are interested in intricate character development you'll enjoy Girls in Trucks a great deal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It captured moments in time that shape a very unfortunate womans life. Life is made up of moments.... The flow was great and the characters popped out of the pages and sat next to me on the couch. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really disapointed in this book. I had to make myself finish reading it; it just wasn't what I had expected from reading the the back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is almost a good book. The main plot gist has promise: Girls who are raised to be pleasers often seek to please the wrong men. The main character, Sarah Walters, is a very slow learner. I liked her better as a girl and the first two chapters are engaging. Her sister's character is believable as a high school golden girl who falls for the first man who treats her badly and manipulatively. All this drinking and pot smoking got very old very fast. There was no progression in character whatsoever in anybody. Hopefully, the author will learn more before writing her second book. Some of the chapters were so uninteresting and amateurish that I'm surprised the publisher included them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this books. I love Southern humor, and coming of age tales are usually pretty easy to get through when I'm reading on the bus. Girls in Trucks starts off telling the story of Sarah Walters, a Southern debutante who does not particularly want to follow the 'coming out' way of life. The book then proceeds telling her life story, always turning back to her Southern roots. I did not like that the author jumps from point to point, with little or no background information to inform the reader. At times, I had to go back to jog my memory about a certain character or event. There was no organizational flow. The book also switches from first person to third person randomly, which confused me. Should have stayed with first person throughout. Easy book to get through, but very random tales threaded together with no details.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good read, not completely wonderful but I liked it just the same. I spent a number of years down south when I went to college and I was able to somehow relate. A part of me missed the slow-paced and hospitable southerners. Not bad at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into this book with an open mind. I was expecting a book with hardships, and critcism of an elite society. I think that the author is a eloquent writer and even produced a book that was page turning however, i thought the plot and take away from the book was horrible. The author tried to include too many plots into the novel, and was unable to establish enough of a story. She brushes over the characters college experience, her relationship in new york, and even her relationships with her family and friends. I think that there were good aspects of the book (her description of a southern girl going to school in the north) however there were too many hardships occuring without enough background or effective message. Overall, a book has never depressed me as much and left me with no important message. I felt that this book was horrible, but still have faith in the author to develop a better book in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is clearly a first novel. The author's frank, tell-it-like-it-is, writing style draws the reader in, yet almost slaps them as she changes voices, story lines and themes. It reads more like a series of short stories with characters that are related to the narrator, but not necessary to her story. Both the writing and the editing seem to be lacking, leaving you with a story that is splashed about on canvas with nothing more than a confusing image and pity for the main character. As an avid reader, and a woman who relates greatly to the subject matter, I was disappointed that the story did not better represent or inspire me. Hopefully, a second novel will have better transitions and more attention to continuity. That might be what the author needs to score a home run.
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Very depressing book and really about nothing!! I would not recommend this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book. Depressing in some spots. You want to root for her so bad, but she just keeps doing things that make you think, 'well, she deserves what she's getting then.' I liked Men and Dogs more. I do have to say Katie Crouch knows how to write through interesting perspectives and stories.
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I would not recommend this book. I thought it was very depressing and overall not good. The story line jumped around a lot and the characters were not what I expected after reading the back cover.
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