Paulina & Fran

Paulina & Fran

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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A story of friendship, art, sex, and curly hair: an audaciously witty debut tracing the pas de deux of lust and love between two young, uncertain, conflicted art students.

At their New England art school, Paulina and Fran both stand apart from the crowd. Paulina is striking and sexually adventurous--a self-proclaimed queen bee with a devastating mean-girl streak. With her gorgeous untamed head of curly hair, Fran is quirky, sweet, and sexually innocent. An aspiring painter whose potential outstrips her confidence, she floats dreamily through criticisms and dance floors alike. On a school trip to Norway, the girls are drawn together, each disarmed by the other's charisma.

Though their bond is instant and powerful, it's also wracked by complications. When Fran winds up dating one of Paulina's ex-boyfriends, an incensed Paulina becomes determined to destroy the couple, creating a rift that will shape their lives well past the halcyon days of art school.

Crackling with bon mots and knowing snapshots of that moment when the carefree cocoon of adolescence opens into the permanent, unknowable future, Paulina & Fran is both a sparkling dance party of a novel, and the debut novel of a writer with rare insight into the complexities of obsession, friendship, and prickly, ever-elusive love.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062377357
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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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