"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 Jacinta Rose S. on 15th Feb 2014
This was an AWESOME book!! The first person narrative was PERFECT and had me laughing like crazy. It was so refreshing having a heroine who didn't have the perfect weight (like me :) ) and who was cool and fashionable while still trying to be more focused on God. Everyone should read this and I CANNOT wait for the next one.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 17th Jan 2014
This was a great book. I really enjoyed it! I'm hoping this is the first in a series. I would like to read more about Cate.
Posted by email@example.com on 17th Jan 2014
I will admit, when I first saw the title of Catholic Philosopher Chick my interest wasn't exactly piqued. 'Catholic', 'chick', okay I can relate... but the 'philosopher' sounded like... not my thing. The cover was pretty cute though, and Regina Doman did help to write it, so maybe someday I would borrow a copy and read it.
Recently I obtained a copy from Regina Doman herself, and so I cracked open the cover to see what this was about. I was very pleasantly surprised and it didn't take long before I was hooked.
Cate Frank is a recent convert to Catholicism from Judaism, a journalism major formerly on the path to a successful fashion career and a native of New York, and now a grad student in philosophy in Texas. Upon arriving at school, Cate decides to enter the philosophy class of her dreams - all on her beloved St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. She is quickly informed by an annoyingly good-looking guy also standing in line at the Registrar's office that first years never get into that class, and after that only if you've already got a B.A. in philosophy - oh, and philosophy is really kind of a guy thing.
Not to be dissuaded, Cate boldly approaches the (rather intimidating) professor of the class, who gives her permission to take the entrance exam. Cate passes with flying colors and becomes the only first year grad student and the only female in what is affectionately known as "The Suminar". Now all she has to do is get her seven male classmates to actually listen to anything she has to say... and figure out which, if any, of them is her Perfect Guy.
Catholic Philosopher Chick was deep at times - namely, in the recounting of classroom discussions - but they managed to be readable enough where dialogue was very engaging, even if you couldn't understand it. Cate may be very academic and speak in philosophical terms that, as her friends point out, no normal human being understands, but she is also very interested in clothes, fashion and guys. She is far from the perfect Catholic and struggles in many ways that I find my self struggling. Despite being a bit arrogant at times and un-charitable as she herself admits, Cate does have a kind heart and reaches out in genuine kindness to a girl who needs it.
All in all, Catholic Philosopher Chick is an engaging, fun, thoughtful story of a girl who loves her shoes, her clothes, her friends and her faith. If you are looking for a good, Catholic novel to round out your summer reading list, then I recommend you consider adding this one.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 17th Jan 2014
A smart, funny read with a touchingly self-conscious heroine. You will enjoy her many misadventures...and you might just learn something, too.