Citizen Girl

Citizen Girl

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Citizen Girl follows an ambitious and idealistic young woman as she confronts what it means to be young and female in the new economy, where a college degree entitles one to make copies and color-coordinate file folders--if one is lucky. From the authors of The Nanny Diaries.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2004.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743266857
0743266854
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kraus, Nicola

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leah_p Aug 29, 2011

From the first pages, the speech and satiric characterization is so biting and precise that it's scary to think that, not only do people like this exist, but they have POWER. The main character, Girl, wrestles with integrity vs money vs happiness vs money vs neurotic/psychotic employers vs hope in her vaguely-defined, rebound position at the opportunistic, shape-shifting My Company. The language, slang, and jargon are used perfectly as she stumbles through post-grad existence. Occasionally light but mostly bleak, this book is deftly written and surely draws on personal experience; imagination alone can't come up with some of these scenarios.

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BernieBookworm52
Nov 01, 2010

A lot of foul language, flippant tone, way too much slang: whatever message the author might be trying to get across about the difficulties of 20-somethings establishing themselves in careers gets lost in the attempts to be "hip", "cool" or "with it". The constant swearing reveals a distinctly limited vocabulary and a very crude sense of "humour".

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c_spong
Sep 06, 2010

I think its so odd that this book got such low ratings!

It was funny, and had a solid story. I really enjoyed it, and more than once my husband would walk in to me giggling while reading this book.

teacupfaerie Aug 21, 2010

I knew I had read this book at one point, but could not remember anything about it. I guess I blocked it from my memory because it was so bad!

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CaroSmith
Jun 16, 2010

Terrible book. I normally read a bad book all the way through; however, I wanted to throw this one through the window from Chapter 2 onwards.
Badly written, characters not developped, very confusing in terms of who is speaking and what is going on...and that is all before page 44.
Pass on it.

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returner
Dec 09, 2009

I have to agree with AdrienneC. The authors of this book and the Nanny Diaries need to take some time to learn to fully develop characters and stop calling everyone Girl or Mr. X.

While I understand what the authors are trying to do by calling the main character Girl the whole way through, it makes it that much harder to relate to the character. A name always allows me to create a picture of the character as I am reading. "Girl" did not help me develop this picture.

Pass on this novel.

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AdrienneC
Feb 04, 2005

Disappointing. Twentysomething New York transplant goes from abusive employer in her chosen field (feminist non-profit organization) to abusive employer in the high-tech industry, given the task of rebranding a fluffy girly-girl site to appeal to the Ms. Magazine set. At least, that''s what she thinks she''s originally supposed to do... her bosses change her job description and duties more often than their underwear. I found myself alternately distressed about and furious with the main character, Girl, as the book progressed... but I did read through to the end to see how things came out. Like the authors'' other work, THE NANNY DIARIES, the book bogs down after a promising opening; unlike THE NANNY DIARIES, CITIZEN GIRL bogs down almost immediately into a vortex of despair.

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