Because of this book club, publishers often send me books to read. Nine times out of ten, the books either don't interest me enough to have them even sent to me and most of the time I give up half way through.
I was SO intrigued when I was sent Penelope by Rebecca Harrington. She's the college editor for the Huffington Post and a graduate of Harvard. The book definitely falls under the young adult category, but you shouldn't consider that a bad thing in this case.
There were so many cringe-worthy passages because Penelope, the main character, is painfully awkward. I mean, she might as well be the definition of awkward!!!
The beginning was really difficult for me to read, honestly, because it brought back so many memories of those first few weeks of college. Georgetown is definitely not Harvard, but I think my experiences (with friends, choosing classes, dealing with dorm situations, learning what "pre-gaming" was) were quite aligned with Penelope's. It brought back memories that I had sort of filed away under "No need to revisit" and, of course, were revisited while reading this book.
If you are looking for one more book to finish off your summer reading list, consider Penelope!