"To transform the chick-lit getting-hitched plot into a leaving-behind-childish-things-and-growing-in-practical-wisdom plot, while still remaining deliciously snarky, is no small task, and the authors mostly achieve it." - First Things blog review
"It deserves a large following. I think men should read it as part of Marriage Prep." - David Athey, author of Christopher.
On a quest for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful--and (hopefully) the Perfect Guy...
Traveling to Texas to study philosophy, Catelyn Frank encounters a plentitude of dilemmas, including the roommate from hell, a classful of seven chauvinistic men, and a bewildering feeling that the Perfect Guy is close at hand...
But with her trusty Summa, the prayers of the Angelic Doctor, and her eclectic friends, Cate is sure she can win her classmates' respect--even when they try to use her beloved Aquinas against her!
First Day of Class…
“Amazing,” Michael said. He turned to his friends and smirked. “The chick does philosophy. But she doesn’t know the rules. Should we tell her?”
“Dr. Hastings doesn’t like us to drink in class,” Che said.
“Well, so? Who would be stupid enough to drink in class?” I said, not thinking.
Michael laughed loudly. “She thinks you mean drink as in imbibe, tipple, partake of alcoholic beverages.”
I blushed. Now they would all think I was a lush…awesome.
Che said, “All in good time!” rather knowingly. “For now though—if he sees you drinking soda or whatever in class, he’ll make you pour it out. Later on you can start bringing in coffee. By the end of the semester you can crack a keg in the middle of the room, and he won’t care. But first you have to prove yourself.”
I wondered how many times I was going to have to prove myself before this class even started. “Okay,” I said, and tipped up my iced latte and downed its contents. I strode over to a waste basket to dispose of the empty cup—and as I turned to go back to my seat I bumped into someone entering the classroom. Another student. Another man.
It was him. The Perfect Guy.
Review by Sarah Reinhard at CatholicMom.com
Here’s the gist of my review: I LOVED IT. (Yes, in all caps. No apologies.)
I bet you never read a single book about a woman grad student in philosophy! Even if you were never one yourself, as I was, this book will intrigue you to no end as something about any young woman in a primarily male career setting. Rollicking wit is complemented by a deep analysis of the role of women. I recommend it for all university women, students and professors and DARE university men to read it to understand the other sex better. (Emphasis added.)
Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and author of some 50 published books about Catholic life.
Posted by Katie O'Keefe on 30th Dec 2014
I bought this book because I am a Catholic Philosopher Chick. As a non-traditional undergrad student (a middle-aged lady in a sea of 18-22 year-olds,) I was completely intrigued by the concept of a whole series of books dedicated to following a Philosophy student through grad school. I was not disappointed.
First of all, the philosophical discussions that happen in the classroom are cleverly done. I really enjoyed reading about someone else's classroom experiences (even if they are fictional). The discussions are realistic, heated, and downright fun to read. The story is engaging and unique, and clean enough for general audiences. Furthermore, it lends some much needed glamour to a really great discipline! I loved this book so much that I bought the second one immediately and devoured it, too.
Cate is a well-rounded character, but the rest of her interlocutors seemed a bit one-dimensional. This could be because in this book Cate is learning who she is and everyone else is inconsequential. I love Cate's snarkiness but wish I could have seen more of her edge in this book. I think the authors pulled their punches a bit too much in this regard. This is remedied largely in book 2 as we get deeper into her interpersonal relationships. The rest of her crew get more depth there, too. The fashion aspect was well-done, but I wonder if it will stand up to the test of time. These two flaws were what kept me from giving this book 5 stars.
That being said, this is a great light-read after slogging through Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Nietzsche all semester. And, if you're not yet a Catholic Philosopher Chick, this might be just the thing to entice you to find out more about the conversing with the Great Minds.
Ladies, I'm in love! More, please!!