I started college at a small, private liberal arts college before transferring to the mega-college that I call my alma mater. While there I did the whole rushing a sorority thing, got in and was a sorority girl. Still am to an extent, but whatever. After I transferred I didn’t affiliate with the chapter at my new college (seriously, dues were nearly the same as tuition!) so I stayed in touch with my chapter back at my old school.
Senior year I went back to help with rush and during a rush party I ended up hanging out in the kitchen with an alumna who had gone to my mega-college’s mega-college rival. So we got to talking about our mega-colleges and the chapters that were there and it was pretty much awesome sorority girl talk. She mentioned a book that I should check out because it’s set at my mega-college.
Y’all… for anyone who lives in the South, especially in the state of Alabama, you MUST read Eating the Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis.
Eating the Cheshire Cat follows the lives of three girls, Sarina, Nicole, and Bitty Jack, as they grow up and go off to college. They’re all intertwined somehow, each with their own issues and problems. Each chapter is a different girl’s perspective and, since all three have SUCH different personalities, it’s really interesting to see how they develop and turn into the craycray girls they really are.
I love reading books that are set in places I know, that have characters that I probably go to school with, work with, etc. Finding this book at the age I was was so absolutely perfect because it really not only opened my eyes to the drama that girls in college go through but the effect that drama has on people. I really was pretty drama-free in college, but definitely knew some ladies this book might have helped!
Also, P.S. That goldfish on the cover? Looks yummy, right? 😉
There’s this kind of newer genre out there, new adult, that focuses more on readers from 18-25. I mean, I know books have been out there forever that focus on this age group, but it’s apparently a big thing now. For most of us (or at least those of us who are past this age group) this was a time in our lives when we were figuring it out, when things were whatever we wanted them to be. While I don’t have an interest in reading about characters in this age group anymore (mostly because I’m trying to forget my 18-25 years!) I love that more and more books are appearing for people of this age!