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Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Bratten Weiss , Regina Doman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Traveling to Texas to study philosophy, Catelyn Frank encounters a plentitude of dilemmas, including the roommate from hell, a classful of seven chauvinistic men, and a bewildering feeling that the Perfect Guy is close at hand...

But with her trusty Summa, the prayers of the Angelic Doctor, and her eclectic friends, Cate is sure she can win her classmates' respect--even when they try to use her beloved Aquinas against her!

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  • File Size: 1483 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Chesterton Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QVU5EC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Catholic Philosopher Chick makes a noteworthy début as a grad student at Dominican University of Houston who's not afraid to flex her academic muscles in a high-level class that's made up of all males, and some pretty antagonistic ones at that. She has some interesting, very colorful issues, with her college roommate that reminded me all too well of ones that some of my friends and I had with our first semester roommates.

Catelyn Frank, a former fashion writer from New York turned philosopher, is struck by the hot weather, hot topics, and hot guys she encounters in her quest for "Truth, Beauty, and the Perfect Guy." Truth be told, Cate isn't the type of woman who thinks that there is some absolutely flawless guy out there waiting to sweep her off her feet and ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. She does believe and hope that there is a man that is perfect for her who happens to be attracted to women who don't look like Barbie or think they have to play dumb to get a guy to notice them.

The first person perspective used in the book keeps it very real and believable in terms of the college/grad school mindset, problems that arise, and solutions. Cate is a smart and determined main character who's thoughts, observations, and musings are, at times, quite hilarious. She certainly finds herself in some very unusual, embarrassing situations.

Cate's not some stereotypical cradle Catholic goodie-two-shoes who's perfect in the looks department, possesses a saintly amount of religious/spiritual wisdom, and practices unfallible self-discipline. She's actually a convert from Judiasm who's got a bit of a past and has to make conscious decisions to live a more moral life in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining addition for your reading list May 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Here's the gist of my review: I LOVED IT. (Yes, in all caps. No apologies.)

Here's why:

1. It's clever without being over-the-top. This book combines good writing with snappy dialogue.

2. Romance and brains and shoes, oh my! I don't like confessing that I'm a sucker for chick lit, because I'm usually NOT. Chick lit in secular circles includes things I don't really want to read. Chick lit in Christian circles usually involves a sermon. But this? It's romance and shoes and, well, a plot that I enjoyed thoroughly.

3. I can share it with my nieces with no embarrassment. It's not so goody-goody that they will stop believing me when I say it's GOOD, but it's not raunchy in a way that will make their mothers pelt me with blunt objects.

4. The characters are people I want to meet. In fact, I suspect I've met them in some form or another already. Cate is a recent convert who drops everything to go back to grad school. Her journey is one that, well, I relate with, though I'm much older than she is and though I have no clue about fashion (despite loving shoes).

5. It's entertaining. Plain and simple. There is no preaching, though there is plenty of catechesis (I have to give the authors credit for making it relevant to the setting and characters). I found myself laughing out loud more than once and hurrying to write my review so I could share it with other women.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Intelligent Catholic Woman's Beach Read May 28, 2012
"Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début" is the intelligent Catholic woman's beach read. This book is so much fun that you won't want to put it down until you have turned the last page with a blissful sigh of contentment. Rebecca Bratten Weiss and Regina Doman bring Cate Frank to life and make her a heroine you would want to share a slice of cheesecake with.

Cate, a former fashion writer, has struck out on a new path in life. A Jewish convert to the Catholic faith, she is headed to the Dominican University of Houston in order to immerse herself in the works of Thomas Aquinas and to find the perfect guy. She convinces the intimidating Dr. Hastings to allow her to take the famous "Suminar," devoted to the study of the Summa Theologica, even though she is a first year graduate student and therefore not eligible, but when she walks in the door she finds herself to be the only woman in a group of men. Among those men, of course, is Justin, "the perfect man," and Sean, who is anything but.

Cate manages to balance weight issues, her love of good food, fashion disasters, a party-girl roommate, parents who think she has gone off the deep end, and her own natural inclination for getting into difficult situations along with heavier philosophical concerns. On her journey, she will make some valuable friends and learn a few lessons about herself and her place in the world. One of my favorite lines in this book is when Cate muses, "Whatever God wants me to be, it must be something as unique as a snowflake." Any woman who has struggled with what it means to be a Catholic woman today and what one's individual vocation is will appreciate and sympathize with Cate's inner turmoil.

While having studied St.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Depth June 10, 2012
If this is the new "chick lit," then I want to read chick lit every day for the rest of my life.

In the past, I've avoided anything that might have Bridget Jones' cooties. However, the Catholic Philosopher Chick is appealing to a guy who loves the Great Books of Western Culture because this protagonist, Catelyn Frank, is a graduate student in Philosophy who is seeking the heights of existence in her study of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Graduate school is both lampooned and revered in this story of a former fashionista who falls in love with God and a mortal man. There are plenty of foibles, laughs, food, and great ideas to chew on.

Smart, sassy, romantic, and theological, this novel would make a fabulous movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from most Regina books but still Good
This was a fun book, I could definitely discern some Regina and some of somebody else in the style of this story. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun idea. Gets a little bogged down in presenting ...
Fun idea. Gets a little bogged down in presenting the Thomist philosophies in a short novel. I think the authors need to add a few more spots of fun to keep a typical reader going. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Bonar
5.0 out of 5 stars This is something of an oddball book with a pretty good dose of...
This is something of an oddball book with a pretty good dose of philosophy and a pretty good dose of humor too. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by Dakota Papa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good for adolescents...
Published 5 months ago by C. B. Fontan
5.0 out of 5 stars so good!
A wonderful, clean, adult fiction. I appreciated being able to relate to the young adult heroine who wants to pursue truth, goodness, and beauty. A fun read!
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperately in search of a sequel
Fun, somewhat high-brow chick lit. It's nice to read about Catholics who take their faith seriously and have fun... Sort of like the real world. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Texas
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book
I'm a fan of Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Series, so I figured I'd give this book a try. This book is a very fun chick lit book. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
This was a great, light hearted story and a fun break from the business of everyday life. And, I learned a little philosophy, too. Thanks for writing it!
Published on April 2, 2013 by Jackie Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish Female Convert to Catholicism goes to Grad School--and has a...
The primary intended audience of "Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Début" is young, college-age women, yet I, at 70 years of age, a male professor of English on the... Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by Robert C. Rice
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-intended but painfully dull
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Doman's Fairy Tale Novels and purchased this book on the strength of her earlier works. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by LMD
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