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When Penelope O’Shaunessy, “an incoming freshman of average height and lank hair” steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother: "Don't be too enthusiastic, don't talk to people who seem to be getting annoyed, and for heaven's sake, stop playing Tetris on your phone at parties." Penelope needs this advice. She is the kind of girl who passes through much of her life with coffee spilled on her white shirt, who can't quite tell when people are joking, and who, inevitably, always says the wrong thing. But no amount of coaching will prepare Penelope for the people she meets at school.
Gloriously skewering the social hierarchy of college, Penelope is the brilliantly funny story of one of the most singular, memorable heroines in recent fiction.
Publishers Weekly Review
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This book was cute. I felt the awkwardness of Penelope. I enjoyed reading the book.
So in credibly pointless and boring
If you're looking for a book which examines awkward young adults in a prestigious collegiate setting - please, skip this book and go read either PREP or CHARLOTTE SIMMONS- you'll be saving yourself a regretful taste in your mouth when or if you ever finish this book. This book isn't even accurate- at least do research about "finals clubs" before you write about them- seeing as they aren't finalS clubs actually but FINAL clubs. This book was a waste of my day, from start to finish.
A 21 year old female who attends a prestigious college