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Citizen Girl
Citizen Girl
Author: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
From Amazon.com — Citizen Girl is the sophomore effort from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, whose Nanny Diaries sent Park Avenue mothers running for cover and catapulted the duo to cult-like status amongst gossip literature's elite. This time around, our heroine is Girl, a twentysomething women's studies major whose liberal arts education led h...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743266864
ISBN-10: 0743266862
Publication Date: 10/2005
Pages: 320
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.

2.6 stars, based on 152 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Citizen Girl on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I thought this book was utterly third-rate. the authors' attempt to criticize high society ended up only revealing their own vapid materialism. i was embarrassed for them even as i read it
reviewed Citizen Girl on + 30 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I can't believe I read this whole book. What a waste.
MsMaureen avatar reviewed Citizen Girl on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Here's how I reviewed this book on Amazon:

After looking through all the reviews, I'm left with the feeling that a lot of readers didn't "get" this book. Tons of reviewers have called it "unrealistic" - it's a satire! It's not supposed to be completely realistic. And even so, I don't think that there was anything that happened in the book that made me think, "No way, that would NEVER happen!" Sure, some situations and characters were a little far-fetched, but there was nothing that was completely impossible. And as I said, it's a satire! Do you think Jonathan Swift really intended to eat babies? (That's not to say that these authors should be compared to Jonathan Swift, but you know what I mean.)

There are a few legitimate complaints that I do have about this book, though. The first is the writing style, which I found to be confusing and clunky. There were a number of times where I had to reread sections two or three times before I understood what was going on. I will also agree with the reviewers who said that the characters lack depth. On top of that, there were some characters that I was interested in who would disappear on an off (Jack, Buster) without any real explanation. And then there were really unnecessary characters whose purpose I couldn't figure out (Buster's friends, Stacey.) I enjoyed the storyline and felt that I could relate to Girl on some level, which is why I gave the book three stars, but I really feel that this story could have been SO much more than it turned out to be. This seems like the first draft of a really great novel, in my opinion.
midnightbookgirl avatar reviewed Citizen Girl on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed the Nanny Diaries and loved Dedication, but this book was a waste of my time. I thought the concept was interesting, but it just failed to deliver. Still 2 out of 3 isn't bad, I'll still with Nanny Diaries and Dedication, and pretend Citizen Girl didn't happen.
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Helpful Score: 1
Don't know why I waited so long to read this likable chick-lit. Girl is a gutsy young woman trying to make her way in New York when her need for employment and her values are in direct opposition. Engaging read.
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reviewed Citizen Girl on
Starts out like the chick lit version of Office Space. Laugh out loud funny in the beginning and then turns into typical chick lit (but still very good). This is a great story and I look forward to more from these authors.
corriedana avatar reviewed Citizen Girl on
i was actually irritated at myself for reading the whole thing. emma and nicola do give give hope to new writers, however. apparently, anything can get published!
Amyyma avatar reviewed Citizen Girl on + 5 more book reviews
After reading the Nanny Diaries (and loving it), I eagerly got this book and started reading it but I never finished it. I just couldn't get past the first chapter. Unfortunately, it was that bad.