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I am Charlotte Simmons- Anyone read this?

dubyavee77dubyavee77 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
edited January 2006 in College Confidential Cafe
Okay, so I read this book and to tell you the truth, it really scared me. These past few years, college has been like a sort of light at the end of the tunnel for me. I've worked so hard to get out of high school and this stupid town I live in. But "Dupont" sounds just like my high school with more beer and no parents. Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with beer at all and sometimes I can't wait not to have any parents around, but the fraternities? The sorority girls? They sound worse than any high school clique I've ever encountered. I guess what I'm really asking is whether this is what college is really like. I know Tom Wolfe must have embelished a little but how much? I don't really know if I can stand four more years of high school.
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Replies to: I am Charlotte Simmons- Anyone read this?

  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    I read it and it was fairly accurate but the questions it raised were more about things other than drinking and sex. For me it raised questions about financial aid and affirmative action as it relates to lesser qualified students. I am not against financial aid nor am I against students who didn't have advantage but after reading this book and others I am concerned about how much difficutly they face.........real diffculty.
  • suzesuze - Posts: 4,479 Senior Member
    There are Duponts but you can avoid them.
  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    hehehe.....that was a good one.
  • Mead13Mead13 Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    While it is true that there ARE people like this in college, not everyone is. You'll find lots of people just like you.
  • stargirlstargirl Registered User Posts: 379 Member
    Read it, and while I know there are schools out there like it from my friends I just can't relate it to my own college at all. So take it with a grain of salt because they're not all like that.
  • reading_is_sexyreading_is_sexy Registered User Posts: 313 Member
    I absolutely hated the book. I felt it was proasic and the main character irritated me endlessly. Wolfe's descriptions seemed like he was basing his perceptions on movies he had seen, even though I know he did research. I finished the book because I wanted to give it a fair shake, but I would never recommend it. I plan to read Bonfire of the Vanities because I hear it is much better, but I Am Charlotte Simmons was plotless waste of time.
  • dukeclassof09dukeclassof09 Registered User Posts: 477 Member
    I was hoping the book was completely embellished after I read it last year, but now that I'm in college, I know that's not the case. The academics and professors here are excellent, but the students are a bit superficial (like many in the book) and the social scene revolves around cliques and alcohol. Greek life is strong, while non-greeks and those not interested in partying generally have very little to do.

    I assume that unfortunately, this is true of many (if not most) other colleges also.
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