Top positive review
Funny, intelligent, stylistically good
13 August 2018
The book is witty, throughout. While it is a coming-of-age story of sorts, its unique background set it apart from other such stories, focusing on an American girl of Turkish descent going to Harvard. It's the most accurate rendering of going to an elite university I have ever seen; it skips the costume-drama cheesy tones and instead focuses on the real experience of a real person who, while studious and intelligent, doesn't feel particularly out-of-the-ordinary, like everyone else. The funny commentary of her own thoughts is interlaced with lecture material, giving us selected highlights of captivating lessons, seen through the comical lens of a student trying to get to grips with a huge variety of courses and relationships. There are nice touches, like Easter eggs, all over the place -- things that link up to each other in funny ways, you're likely to spot them if you've studied one of the subjects involved, or been to some of the places mentioned. I probably only catch a small percentage of these, and they're all great. Best book I've read this year. I'm so glad this book exists. Can't wait to read it again.