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Penelope by [Harrington, Rebecca]
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2.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Full of wit, insight and wonderful characters . . . Penelope sets the bar staggeringly high for 2013. If I read a more enjoyable book this year, I'll be amazed (Daily Mail)

· Refreshing, pleasantly absurd, highly addictive. Penelope would describe herself as awkward and forgettable. Awkward: yes. Forgettable: absolutely not (Kaui Hemmings, author of The Descendants)

A witty coming-of-age debut (Grazia)

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Prep meets The Marriage Plot in this uproarious debut novel, a send-up of campus life starring one singularly unprepared, socially maladroit, charmingly clueless freshman named Penelope

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844089266
  • Publisher: Virago (24 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K5TGAW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was painful to read. It is pretentious, really boring and is full of coy, knowing and frankly dull insider references to Harvard. The writing was wince-inducingly painful. The most irritating tick of all was the way she never uses contractions - so that she never writes 'I don't know' (or whatever) but 'I do not know'. Penelope was a two-dimensional, dumb character who simply made me think 'how on earth did she get into Harvard?' I wanted to punch her most of the time. I struggled to the end as I kept thinking it had to get better but it didn't.
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I really didn't like this book. I thought that the lead character was very 2d and emotionless (I spent a few chapters wondering if the lead character was autistic, as the writing was a bit like a poor copy of 'the curious incident of the dog in the night time') and the plot was just dull and uneventful. I can't understand why it had such good reviews. However, did discuss the book with a friend who did enjoy it, so maybe I'm just missing something.
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I'll get it off my chest: Ms Harrington, PLEASE please please read out loud what you write!!! I've never seen speech like it, the massive amount of missing contractions in dialogue:
"maybe you are right"
"I guess I am going to study"
Very stilted and annoying. And unrealistic. Ruined any reading pleasure at times.

I did enjoy the awful people at Harvard, the snobbery and rivalry, the insight into the world there, the production of Caligula. But I didn't like Penelope very much, occasionally witty, she came across mostly as a pushover with no motivation or much personality (the car seat thing was weird, and she just didn't seem like Harvard material to me).

Most of the characters were meant to be unlikable, and were. So for me it was the enjoyment of being back at Uni again - I was socially awkward (thought not quite to this level). But I would never have gone "okay" when told by someone I should break up with a guy.

As I said, a real mixed bag.
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The blurb and reviews of this book make it sound like a witty and sharp modern romantic comedy, but literally NONE of those words are true descriptions of this book. I never felt like the story had begun; it had very little plot, and every single character was completely undeveloped and almost non existent. I only finished it because it was my last book on holiday and I had nothing else to do as I was stuck in my room with food poisoning, and even then I wish I hadn't bothered. The writing style is very wooden and difficult to get into- she hardly ever uses abbreviation like I'm or I've, and not in a formal way, just in a silly way that makes no sense. I really could not recommend it less- just don't bother, it isn't really worth a read. I picked it up in Waterstones as it was chosen as one of their Book Club reads- wish I'd got it off Amazon so I could have read the reviews first and spared myself a couple of hours reading.
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Rebecca Harrington's unconventional look at life at Harvard from the perspective of a naïve and guileless freshman called Penelope is a neat idea that you can imagine will aspire to a Wes Anderson ('Rushmore') style of precocious whimsy and cute oddness. In practice, it's a lot less calculated than that and Penelope - much like its main character - has an indefinable innocent charm of its own.

At the very least, Harrington's first novel rather cleverly and wittily demystifies the lifestyle and the rituals associated with this august institution, particularly for someone unfamiliar with the workings of the American university system. Concepts like 'concentrations', 'Math 55', 'blocking' and 'pregames' all seem to be a bit of a mystery also to Penelope, who never really seems to understand the complexities of the system either, is permanently unsure of what she ought to be doing, and seems to find most of her time occupied by extracurricular projects that she doesn't even like, such as the Drama Club's hilarious-sounding theatre of the absurd production of Camus' Caligula.

Penelope is more interested in how to meet the really cool European-looking blonde guy who seems to hover mysteriously in circles that she doesn't even know exist, and spends all her time wondering what on earth she could speak to him about that doesn't involve the topic of Hercule Poirot or her terribly interesting story about sitting in a car-seat until 4th grade, which seem to be the only conversational items in her repertoire. It's no wonder then that Penelope has difficulty making friends, and it's at times like these that she laments Wikipedia unfortunately doesn't have the answers to the important things in life that she really needs to know about.
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By Sarah VINE VOICE on 27 April 2013
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I found this a disappointing read as nothing really happens. It is a good depiction of a young girl who finds herself in an environment where she doesn't understand the rules and struggles to fit in, but you get this very early on in the book and then there isn't anything else that really happens. Penelope is believable if a bit wet, she seems unable to make her own decisions and ends up doing things she doesn't want to, and I was continually wanting her to grow a bit of a backbone! All the other characters are caricatures and as such you don't believe in them. All in all I don't think this book lives up to its potential and I wouldn't recommend it.
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