Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bennington Girl's are Easy - Charlotte Silver









Bennington Girls Are Easy: A Novel
Bennington Girls Are Easy: A Novel
by Charlotte Silver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.07



Weird Al Yankovic is More SubtleJuly 14, 2015

Book Description :

Bennington College, founded in 1932 as a suitable refuge for the wayward daughters of good families, maintains its saucy reputation for attracting free spirits. There, acres outnumber students, the faculty is composed of fading hippie and clothing is largely optional. Or, as J. D. Salinger put it in Franny and Zooey: a Bennington-type "looked like she'd spent the whole train ride in the john, sculpting or painting or something, or as though she had a leotard on under her dress."     Cassandra Puffin and Sylvie Furst met in high school but cement what they ardently believe will be everlasting friendship on Bennington's idyllic Vermont campus. Graduation sees Sylvie moving to New York City, where, later on their twenties, Cassandra joins her. These early, delirious years are spent decorating their Fort Greene apartment with flea market gems, dating "artists", and trying to figure out what they're doing with their lives.     The girls are acutely and caustically observant of the unique rhythms of the city but tone deaf to their own imperfections, which eventually drives a wedge between them. Equal parts heartfelt and hilarious, Bennington Girls Are Easy is a novel about female friendships—how with one word from a confidante can lift you up or tear you down—and how difficult it is to balance someone else's devastatingly funny lapses in judgment with your own professional and personal missteps.

I tried....I truly tried. I confess, I only made it halfway through before the compulsion to slit my throat or to pull out my eyeballs to end this pain became nearly overwhelming.

If I had to read the childish conversations one more time, I think I would have done something unmentionable. (the use of the word "like" was enough to out me over the edge.)

I can understand that this was supposed to be satyr, but all I could think while trying to read this was Weird Al Yankovic. Except that Weird Al is a bit more subtle!

If anyone has read or watched the book/movie Mame -I think that you might see the similarities between this book and this school and the scene when Mame is defending her choice of school for Patrick.

*ARC Supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes.

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