Going Down

Going Down

by Jennifer Belle
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Going Down by Jennifer Belle

National Bestseller
“A funny, sad, nasty little gem of a novel.”—Jay McInerney

In bestselling author Jennifer Belle’s debut novel, Going Down, Belle introduces readers to Bennington Bloom, a coed working her way through college. As a call girl.

With a sharp eye for satire and a keen comic sense, Belle chronicles nineteen-year-old Bennington’s high-pressure adventures. Stuck with an ulcer, a father who loves his dog like a daughter, a shrink who is hard of hearing, and New York University tuition to worry about, she's working overtime to keep it all together and doing what she can to survive. Spending the night in an abandoned hotel pool, punching pushy old women on the subway, Bennington is at an all-time low, and things are only going down from there.

A witty take on making it in the city, Going Down showcases Jennifer Belle’s unerring gift for capturing the absurdities of day-to-day life. Funny and intelligent with an endearingly skewed take on life, Belle is the real thing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573225540
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/1996
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Belle is the bestselling author of Going Down (for which she was named best debut novelist of the year by Entertainment Weekly), High Maintenance, and Little Stalker. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Independent (London), Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Ms., Black Book, Mudfish, and many anthologies. She lives in New York City and Olivebridge, New York, with her husband and their two sons.

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Going Down 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Wendybird More than 1 year ago
I love Belle's off beat sense of humor. I loved this book, couldn't put it down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is extremely boring, it has racist remarks and the ending seemed like it was written in a rush. There is a very disgusting part in this book that i thought was unecessary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sometimes shocked by the things in this book (she slept in a drained out pool??, she brought bums to her apartment and let them shower??) but then wished she would've gone into more detail about her job (wink, wink). This book had me fascinated and could not put it down. I read it in one sitting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very entertaining read on many levels. Anyone who has lived in New York City will enjoy the lurid scenery of Belle's writing. The story itself is very fresh and real, illicting both laughs and sighs from the reader. The book reads quickly and I found it difficult to put down. It is a gritty, urban adventure to say the least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
before you buy this book. I found the character delightful, but the premise very sad and pathetic. The author writes with wonderful wit and realism for life in NYC, but I found the book somewhat depressing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know a girl in NYC that Bennington might as well be, and it hurt my heart to read the book and remember her. If you never knew 'her', this book will make you wish you did. I read it in one sitting, it's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! Its funny, sad, happy, everything...such a fun read!