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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323479
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Gossip Girl goes to college in this tart satire of the class of 2014, centering on four mixed-up Dexter College freshmen who stumble through their first semester trying on life, love, and drugs. There's pretty rich girl Shipley, rebel-without-a-cause Eliza, repressed-artist Tom, and hippie-spawn Nick. With a total population of only nineteen hundred, Dexter was a small college in a small town, but it still felt overwhelming compared to high school, the kids discover, but the really scary bit is the newfound freedom—from families, histories, and their adolescent identities. In real life, this might be where the adults come in handy, but at Dexter, teachers (other than lesbian Professor Rosen) are nearly nonexistent, and the folks at home are distracted, disillusioned, or dolts. Plenty of Animal House antics and wiseacre banter keep this light and breezy, but von Ziegesar, whose Gossip Girl novels spawned the megahit TV series, adds a crisp and surprisingly steely edge that keeps the precocious teens from devolving entirely into smug knuckleheads. (June)
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From Booklist

Adult fans of von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl novels for Young Adults and the spin-off TV series will want to pack up their mini-fridges and trade in their business casual for their old university sweatshirts because the over-the-top story lines they've come to know and love have grown up (a little) and gone to college. The fictional Dexter College in Maine is full of collegiate stereotypes presented so lightheartedly it's hard not to crack a smile of recognition, and von Ziegesar's choice to set the scene in 1992 leaves room for entertaining throwback anecdotes (Bill Clinton is elected president! No one has an iPod . . . or even a cell phone!). A motley handful of protagonists remain semi-relatable despite their penchant for taking the fork in the road of decision making clearly marked “wrong” more times than not.Enter von Ziegesar's ability to create enough scandal that the pages practically propel themselves, only to leave you hanging when the novel ends abruptly. Closing her novel as the crew heads home for winter break after only one semester at school, von Ziegesar just might have another series up her sleeve . . . . --Annie Bostrom

More About the Author

A writer who is definitely of the world about which she writes--she attended a fancy Manhattan prep school and lived to tell all about it. She walks the walk and talks the talk, so her characters and their conversations and antics ring completely true.

Customer Reviews

I'm really sad that I didn't like this book.
Deborah
I've never read any of her Gossip Girl series and I thought it would be fun to start with something adult and then make my way to some of her YA books.
Nelaine Sanchez
It was constantly checked out from the library when it first came out, but I finally got it last week and couldn't wait to begin reading.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Halle on July 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
NOTHING happens in this book!

Slow beginning, slower middle, finally some action happens in the last few pages, terrible ending.

If you're thinking of buying this book, DON'T. It's as bad as all the reviewers say it is.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big Gossip Girl and the It Girl fan. When I went to BEA in May, one of the authors I was thrilled to see on the author signing list was Cecily Von Ziegesar. I was extremely excited when I was able to be 5th in line to meet her. I was geeked when I finally got the table and was able to actually have a mini conversation with her and give her my business card. I was so looking forward to reading this new book of hers.

Right before I first started reading, I went to look at other reviews to see what everyone else thought of the book. I was alarmed to see so many negative reviews but I didn't let that taint my reading experience. I knew this wasn't going to be the next literary classic but was prepared for some light chick lit escapism. However when I finished reading, I was quite glad that I had looked beforehand. Otherwise I would have thought I was the only weird person in the world that really did not like this book.

Right from the beginning of the book, I began to roll my eyes. First off there are some pretty ridiculous first names in this book. I mean really...Shipley and Tragedy? Second, the whole college experience portrayed in this book had pretty much every single stereotype thrown in for good measure. I didn't know a single person my freshman year of college who came to school with only one bag to last them the entire year. No food? No furniture? Just one change of clothes? I guess I can understand the lack of parents not helping but it's sad that they weren't involved at all. Also the whole drinking AS SOON as you move in bit is not true at all.

One huge discrepancy throughout the book is that it is supposed to take place in 1992.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Bhuta on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book free in the gift bag at an event I went to. The event was 21 and older - and I'm not sure who this book is aimed at. The characters are boring, simplistic, and have no depth. This is marketed as a coming of age story, but we never get any glimpse into the characters inner life - just the fact that they've "grown" because once they got to college, they partied, had sex, and did drugs. Not once does the author even explore any reasons why the characters felt driven to do these things, or the ways in which having sex and doing drugs impacted them. I get the feeling that this book is meant for young adults - but I would never give it to them, because rather than exploring these adult themes in a mature and educational way, they just will get the feeling that when you go to college you are supposed to do drugs, have sex, steal cars, and generally do anything and everything that you've never done before - as an end in itself. One character even has a major trauma happen to her, and it's treated like "oh well - I guess life sucks sometimes." This book is an utter waste of time and brain cells. I can't believe it's even made it to print.
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By T. Grove on February 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book came just as described. Can't wait to sit down and read it. I loved all her other books so I'm sure this one will be great.
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By Justine on January 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
3.5 stars

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for awhile and abou of books 9.0 was the perfect excuse to pick it up and finally read it. Cum Laude wasn't the best book I have read but it wasn't the worst. It just followed around a bunch of college kids as they partied, drank and did drugs. Is that how university/ college is in the states? Haha. That's not how my college experience was at all. I wasn't connected to the characters or the story.
This was just an easy, no- Brainer book. I think I would recommend this book to someone who didn't want to think what they were reading and just wants to veg out.
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By Richelle on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was ok. I love the authors other books I've read them all an they all held my attention but this one fell a little short I didn't find myself completely wrapped into it like the gossip girl and it girl series.
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By Vee on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was so bad. I'm literally in AWE of how bad this book was. Calling this book a book is an insult to books. Where was the character development? Consequences to actions? Believability? I can't believe I wasted my time reading this. This is appropriate for this book: what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
Except replace 'said' with 'wrote' and 'listened' with 'read'

A simple 'wrong' would not do just fine. This book should come with a warning. God help this generation.
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Format: Hardcover
I didn't like this book AT ALL. It lacked sooo much I didn't even finish it. The characters were shallow and the story had no plot. I made it more than half-way through the book and couldn't read it anymore (I actually wanted to stop reading it much earlier but I was honestly hoping for something good to happen). I was so disappointed considering how much I love her other series. I hope that this book was just a draft for something much more exciting and better, because I know she is capable of it.
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