Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cum Laude

Cum LaudeCum Laude Cecily von Ziegesar

5 students meet at Freshman orientation and muddle their way through their first semester at a small liberal arts college in Maine.

This isn't nearly as juicy and scandal ridden as von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl series. There are fewer characters. While there's still a lot of sex, booze, and drugs, it's more in line with regular college partying. There are overprivileged characters to be sure, but middle class ones as well. I love how well she captured life at a small college in a small town. The little details are done really well and it will ring true for anyone who went to a small college. This takes place during the Bush/Clinton/Perot election. My college election was Bush/Gore/Nader but everything still felt right and rang really true.

I especially liked the storyline with Shipley and her brother and I want to see what happens with that. I like that Shipley and Tom had talents that you wouldn't expect of them. Eliza and Tragedy made me laugh.

This is a slower, less trashy but still juicy, and still just as literary (but not as overtly so) story than Gossip Girl. I can't tell if it's going to be a series or not. I kinda want it to be, because I really want to know what happens next, but I also get the sense that if it is, it will be 8-10 books and jump the shark around book 4. We'll see what happens.

Book Provided by... my local library

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