Cum Laude

Cum Laude

Book - 2010
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They're here for a higher education . . .
and you won't believe how far they'll go.

Dexter College is a small liberal arts college in the quiet town of Home, Maine. But it won't stay quiet for long with this group of freshmen. There's Shipley--blonde and beautiful, the object of envy and more than a little lust. Determined to assert herself and to shed her good-girl image, she buys cigarettes and condoms, because that's what every self-respecting college girl does. Her edgy roommate, Eliza, came to Dexter to get noticed, and she has the attitude and the mouth to prove it. Then there's Tom. Handsome, privileged, used to getting his own way, he's a jock-turned-artist who thinks his paintings will change the world. Sensitive Nick, Tom's wake-and-bake pot-smoking roommate, wants to follow in the footsteps of his boarding-school hero. And then there are brother and sister Adam and Tragedy Gatz. The freckle-faced farm boy lives at home with his parents and his little sister, who does all she can to stop him from being a wuss.

As Shipley, Eliza, Tom, Nick, and Adam find out, that first year of college is more than credits and cramming. Between the lust and the love, the secrecy and the scandal, they'll all receive an unexpected education. It's a time of shifting alliances, unrequited crushes, and coming of age. Find Yourself is Dexter's motto. And they are determined to do just that.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401323479
1401323472
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 25 cm

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sydneyvesta
Oct 11, 2012

Definitely not what I expected from Cecily von Ziegesar. I am a fan of the Gossip Girl series, so I thought I'd give this a try. I found a few of the characters rather amusing, but most of them were kind of irritating. The main character, Shipley, doesn't even seem like a real person and comes off as very Mary Sue-ish. I agree that it gives a very unrealistic view into college and plays very high to various stereotypes (mostly negative). There are parts of the story that really drag on, using 30 words to descibe something when the point would have gotten across in 15. Nowhere near von Ziegesar's best. It seems as if she's trying a little too hard with her first stand-alone novel, especially since she's aiming towards adults for this one. This is something I probably wouldn't recommend to anyone else execpt for those maybe trying to find a quick and easy read to use up a little free time, if even then.

BakerStreetIrregular Mar 10, 2011

Definately not as good as the Gossip Girl or It Girl series.

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princess555
Feb 26, 2011

It's above average, but boring at most parts. Overall not bad, though at some parts in the book it's really too much information.

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HarrietL
Jul 23, 2010

Gives a very unrealistic view of college life (mainly freshman year), exaggerating on the many negative stereotypes in society (sex, drugs, etc).

Not overly interesting to read. I would never recommend to someone, even to people who liked the "Gossip Girl" novels.

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princess555
Feb 26, 2011

princess555 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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