Paulina & Fran

Paulina & Fran

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Art school students Paulina and Fran are drawn together on a school trip to Norway, but their intense and exclusive friendship strains their other relationships when they return to campus and is ultimately tested by a betrayal.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062377340
Branch Call Number: GLASE
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Paulina and Fran

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LorenSeibold
Aug 13, 2017

A book about boringly unlikeable people. The cover describes it as devastatingly funny—and that description is the most humous part of the book, because you've got to wonder what favors were owed the author to get someone to say that about this insipid narrative. This is funny only if utterly spoiled, uninteresting people who make nothing but uninspired choices in life make you laugh. They are so shallow and uninspiring that I couldn't bring myself to care whether they lived or died, much less if they succeeded in their careers, or whether Fran and Paulina restored their friendship. Unless you have exhausted the supply of books in the world and there's nothing else left to read, or you've gone to this particular art school and want to relive some stupid stereotypes, I suggest you pass on this one.

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santiano9
Apr 19, 2016

Could not venture past the first 20 pages or so. I got tired of their rebellion quickly.

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jbmcfarland
Oct 24, 2015

The first half of this wittily satirical novel is gut-bustingly funny. That is the part when Paulina and crew are all undergraduates at an art school where outrageousness is the school sport and the competition is fierce. Paulina is a sharp-tongued narcissist who doesn't care what damage she might cause, in fact the more damage the better. Men women teachers bathroom floors, she spits on them. Glaser's bead on Paulina is brilliant. The second half of the novel, when all graduate and have to find work/lives, is savagely satirical too, but not as riotously funny with damned reality bringing in melancholy. A super read!

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