College Girl (Hardcover)

By Patricia Weitz

Riverhead Hardcover, 9781594488535, 336pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2008



A raw and resonant debut novel (Megan McCafferty) and a vivid portrait of life on a modern college campus.
College senior Natalie Bloom is beautiful and ambitious, but also painfully insecure. At twenty, she's still a virgin, never even having had a boyfriend. At school, Natalie hides out most weekends in the library until she meets Patrick, her fantasy (she thinks) of a cultured, intellectual Prince Charming. But the more time they spend together, the more Patrick brings out her worst insecurities. And before Natalie's ready, she winds up losing her virginity and her sense of direction, as her emotional responses take a dangerously self-destructive turn. Soon it ll take only the most extreme measures to reclaim her sense of self, her confidence, and her ambition.
Insightful, moving, and achingly self-aware, "College Girl" is an intensely real portrait of a character whose insecurities are recognizable to us all, and of a time of life that changes everything.

About the Author

Patricia Weitz has worked for "The Nation, The New Yorker, " and "Los Angeles Times." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the filmmaker Paul Weitz, and their two children.