Cum Laude

By Cecily von Ziegesar (Hardcover Book, 2010)
They’re here for a higher education . . .
and you won’t believe how far they’ll go.

Dexter College is a small liberal arts college in the quiet town of Home, Maine. But it won’t stay quiet for long with this group of freshmen. There’s Shipley—blonde and beautiful, the object of envy and more than a little lust. Determined to assert herself and to shed her good-girl image, she buys cigarettes and condoms, because that’s what every self-respecting college girl does. Her edgy roommate, Eliza, came to Dexter to get noticed, and she has the attitude and the mouth to prove it. Then there’s Tom. Handsome, privileged, used to getting his own way, he’s a jock-turned-artist who thinks his paintings will change the world. Sensitive Nick, Tom’s wake-and-bake pot-smoking roommate, wants to follow in the footsteps of his boarding-school hero. And then there are brother and sister Adam and Tragedy Gatz. The freckle-faced farm boy lives at home with his parents and his little sister, who does all she can to stop him from being a wuss.

As Shipley, Eliza, Tom, Nick, and Adam find out, that first year of college is more than credits and cramming. Between the lust and the love, the secrecy and the scandal, they’ll all receive an unexpected education. It’s a time of shifting alliances, unrequited crushes, and coming of age. Find Yourself is Dexter’s motto. And they are determined to do just that.
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    • Price: $23.99 US/$24.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781401323479

    • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010

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They’re here for a higher education . . .
and you won’t believe how far they’ll go.

Dexter College is a small liberal arts college in the quiet town of Home, Maine. But it won’t stay quiet for long with this group of freshmen. There’s Shipley—blonde and beautiful, the object of envy and more than a little lust. Determined to assert herself and to shed her good-girl image, she buys cigarettes and condoms, because that’s what every self-respecting college girl does. Her edgy roommate, Eliza, came to Dexter to get noticed, and she has the attitude and the mouth to prove it. Then there’s Tom. Handsome, privileged, used to getting his own way, he’s a jock-turned-artist who thinks his paintings will change the world. Sensitive Nick, Tom’s wake-and-bake pot-smoking roommate, wants to follow in the footsteps of his boarding-school hero. And then there are brother and sister Adam and Tragedy Gatz. The freckle-faced farm boy lives at home with his parents and his little sister, who does all she can to stop him from being a wuss.

As Shipley, Eliza, Tom, Nick, and Adam find out, that first year of college is more than credits and cramming. Between the lust and the love, the secrecy and the scandal, they’ll all receive an unexpected education. It’s a time of shifting alliances, unrequited crushes, and coming of age. Find Yourself is Dexter’s motto. And they are determined to do just that.

Cecily Von Ziegesar is a five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gossip Girl series, which has sold more than 6,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The television adaptation of the series is also a runaway hit. Cecily lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

  • "Gossip Girl goes to college in this tart satire of the class of 2014. . . . Plenty of Animal House antics and wiseacre banter keep this light and breezy, but von Ziegesar, whose Gossip Girl novels spawned the megahit TV series, adds a crisp and surprisingly steely edge."
    (Publisher's Weekly).

  • "Whether you call her your guilty pleasure or just know you need more von Ziegesar in your life, you're going to want this New York Times bestselling author's new novel in your beach tote this summer." (Elle.com).


  • "Enough scandal that the pages practically propel themselves."
    (Booklist).


  • "The story-as well as its refreshingly un-P.C. tone-will be happily familiar to Gossip Girl fans. . . . Von Ziegesar [is] a top-drawer practitioner of the New York School (or private school) of social satire. . . . A wealth of in-jokes and literary references afford more mature alums a slew of satisfying Aha' moments. Isn't that what we want from summer reading?"
    (Vanity Fair).


  • "Cum Laude is a smart and compassionate portrait of one girl's first year in college, perfectly capturing the mix of loneliness, exuberance and exploration that marks freshman year."
    (BookPage).

  • "The Gossip Girl author has graduated from her posh Upper East Side high school, headed north on Interstate 95, and decamped in the small town of Home, Maine. Goodbye Serena and Blaire ... hello Shipley Gilbert and roomie Eliza Cheney." (New York Post).

  • Perfect for a poolside or beach escape. (People).

  • "Move over Blaire and Serena - here comes Shipley Gilbert... We'll miss the filthy-rich Upper East Side milieu of the YA series, but we're certain these college kids will generate some juicy scandals Down East. Can the CW series be far behind?" (Newsday).

  • "A juicy coming-of-age story." (Miami Living Magazine).

  • "von Ziegesar's scorching and stylish new book Cum Laude chronicles supercool, fun-loving, and a tad fearless Shipley as she starts her freshman year at a rural New England college. The story is charming, funny, and a bit explosive." (Hollywood Popculture Examiner).


  • "Classically von Ziegesar, the plot includes a clash between the haves and the have-nots and boasts Cecily's signature razor-sharp wit. Whether you're nervously preparing to enter college in the fall or bidding your college years farewell, you will be able to appreciate and connect with von Ziegesar's characters."
    (Seventeen).

  • PRAISE FOR GOSSIP GIRL SERIES

    "A superficial, nasty, guilty pleasure."
    (Publishers Weekly).

  • PRAISE FOR GOSSIP GIRL SERIES

    "Unapologetically lightweight and glamorous, and filled with snarky, humorous asides." (Booklist).

  • PRAISE FOR GOSSIP GIRL SERIES

    "Wickedly satirizing" (The New Yorker).

  • PRAISE FOR GOSSIP GIRL SERIES

    "Raw and distinctive" (New York Magazine).

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  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Price: $23.99 US/$24.99 CAN
  • Pages: 272
  • Physical Dimensions: 6-1/8" x 9-1/4"
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  • ISBN-13: 9781401323479
  • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010
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