The Truants by Kate Weinberg

The Truants

‘Where do I find Crime?’‘Crime doesn’t have its own section,’ said the librarian without looking up, ‘it’s all under fiction.’In this seductive coming-of-age debut, Jess Walker, a young and uninitiated first year student, falls in love with two great story-tellers. One, Alec, a journalist in exile, the other, Lorna, a charismatic literature professor. Starting out under the flat grey skies of an east Anglian university campus and ...


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TitleThe Truants
Author
Release DateAug 8th, 2019
PublisherPutnam
GenreFiction, Contemporary
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Reviews The Truants

  • karen
    1970-01-01
    For some reason, I found myself thinking about the view of the golf course out of the bay windows at Milton View. How I’d stared at it for eighteen years, yearning for a bigger world to live in, thinking I could find it through books, clawing at make-believe in the hope I’d draw blood. Dear God, I thought with a sudden shiver. Was this the “real world” I’d been trying to find? the name-drops to donna tartt and muriel spark are great ba...
  • Louise Wilson
    1970-01-01
    Jess Walker is middle class and about to start university. She chose the university due to her obsession with the academic Lorna Clay, whose book "The Truants" is about writers having to push themselves to reach their goals. The Truants is about a clever group of misfits who yearn to break the rules.The concept sounded just right. Young people trying to find themselves in each other. The book is told from Jess's point of view. There is the usual ...
  • Blair
    1970-01-01
    I had been saving this for a sunny day, and I read it on a sunny day, and it was perfect; my memories of it will forever be infused with a sort of glow that could've come from the weather or from the story – perhaps a combination of both. The Truants is another Secret-History-esque campus novel, this one set at the University of East Anglia, where deliberately bland protagonist Jess gets close to a lecturer she idolises and becomes embroiled in...
  • Roman Clodia
    1970-01-01
    This is my ideal summer/beach/switch-off reading: it's literate without being literary and has enough love, sex, desire, secrets, death, grief and obsession to keep the pages turning rapidly. Essentially this is a campus novel and a tale of growing up, and is excellent on depicting sexual chemistry and friendship.There are lots of implausibilities most obviously the idea of a university lecturer becoming best friends with an 18 year old undergrad...
  • Travel.with.a.book
    1970-01-01
    Kate has written a prose to be remembered for a long time! We devoured the writings of The Truants with a dazzling moment, her stories are so interesting and elaborated really great! The dynamic of the secrets goes beyond of what we've read previously and makes the book so unique and flawless in its own way! .The mysteries are shocking and the characters are build in such a perfect way, their detailed life and emotions are so complexed! I loved t...
  • Anna Luce
    1970-01-01
    ★★✰✰✰ 2 stars This is the type of non-literary book that has literary aspirations yet its laboured attempts to imbue its story and characters with a certain dose of moral ambiguity and depth ultimately fall flat. In spite of its intriguing first few chapters The Truants soon followed the well-treaded path of similar campus/college novels: we have a main character who has a secret related to her past, she makes a new female friend who is...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    The Truants sounded right up my street with a cast of non-conforming rebel students, but I must admit that I was astounded to find this is Weinberg's debut novel as it's such an accomplished, original book. It revolves around main protagonist, Jess, and her current feelings of being the centre of attention when she has only ever blended into crowds seamlessly to become anonymous. Campus novels don't usually work out well for me as I'm not such a ...
  • Paulina (aspiringliterati)
    1970-01-01
    ’This is the moment. Go. Grab it. Now.’I always fall for stories of passion. This, ultimately and at its very core, is one of that. What passion can do, how it can alter your life, tilt the world on its axis, the magnificent wonders it can bring to life and the catastrophes it can inflict on its victims.We meet Jess when she's entering her freshman year of college, seated on her dorm room's bed, writing an overly enthusiastic email to a would...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    The title refers to a book written by an enigmatic instructor at a university located in East Anglia. It also refers to the characters’ desire to shatter norms as they find their place in the world. The main character and narrator, Jess, learns much about obsession and its ramifications on truth. This is an acceptable campus novel complete with the usual secrets, deceit, and tragedy. The most compelling portions centered on discussions of Agath...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Many thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for an electronic copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review."People disappear when they most want to be seen" Disappearance is a constant theme throughout this novel, the disappearance of people, of objects of thoughts and feelings. However just as important is the reappearance of these things and the circumstances of that. The novel constantly challenges the statement it makes. Disap...
  • Eleanor
    1970-01-01
    Whether you enjoy The Truants or not probably depends on how well you react to familiarity. When I read the proof blurb by Scarlett Thomas that claimed this was like a mashup of Donna Tartt, Agatha Christie, and Liane Moriarty, I wasn’t prepared for how entirely accurate that was: it’s The Secret History set in Norwich with Agatha Christie texts occupying the place that classical Greek culture takes in the former. If you’re keen on genre ri...
  • Eamon Ronan
    1970-01-01
    I was worried that this would be an inferior knock-off version of The Secret History, but in the end my fears were unfounded. The Truants is a well-written literary thriller/mystery that is indebted to similar "campus mystery" novels but still manages to forge its own path. Jess Walker is our narrator, a first-year student at a fictionalized UEA, where she befriends three other students and falls under the spell of charismatic academic Lorna Clay...
  • Laur (Define Bookish)
    1970-01-01
    There are shades of The Secret History in this debut novel; that heady blend of academia, keys-to-the-kingdom wish fulfilment, and delicious menace.Fresher Jess Walker is newly arrived at the East Anglian university where her hero Lorna Clay teaches a first-year course on Agatha Christie entitled 'Murdered by the campus'. Befriended by reckless aristocrat Georgie and her charismatic boyfriend Alec, middle child Jess is finally able to cast off he...
  • Alfie Fletcher
    1970-01-01
    From the first sentence this debut genius Kate Weinberg has you wrapped around her pen. There's something about the depth of the emotional connection between reader and character. I sit, in the sun, reading this novel, and I think I'm by myself. But then Jess walks past, then Lorna and Alec and the rest of Weinberg's gorgeous creations. Upon closing the book, they really really live on, as the tittilating ending continues to tango. This book is a...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    A must-read for fans of The Secret History &/or Agatha Christie &/or any “campus” novels. Intriguing—I couldn’t put it down!
  • Lynn Williams
    1970-01-01
    I loved this. RTF.
  • Pile By the Bed
    1970-01-01
    There were probably campus-set mysteries that focussed on groups of students before Donna Tartt’s The Secret History but this seems to benchmark for this type of book. Kate Weinberg’s debut novel The Truants has broader influences than this, including the life and works of Agatha Christie, but the shadow of the campus novel still hovers in the background.Jess Walker has eschewed the established English universities to come to a small, concret...
  • Murtaza Kuwarawala
    1970-01-01
    Title - The TruantsAuthor - Kate WeinbergGenre - Coming of Age FictionAgatha Christie has always been one of my most favourite mystery authors and her books have always been my first recommendation to people who are looking for books in the genre.So when I found out the book 'The Truants' is a book where the plot involves Christie's book, I didn't hesitate even once to pick it up and here is my take on the same.The Truants is a story mainly revol...
  • Portia
    1970-01-01
    Originally posted here.I’ve been waiting for The Truants since last year when I first read a slither of a summary featured within the acquisition announcement. I even featured it as one of my top five most anticipated releases of 2019, back when I posted those in December. When I finally saw it was available on NetGalley I hit that ‘request’ button so hard. I’d been eagerly waiting to read this since winter 2018, and the wait was worth it...
  • Siobhan
    1970-01-01
    The Truants is a novel about discovering the cost of being someone different, someone more noticeable, when you've always blended in. Jess Walker is thoroughly middle class, mostly forgotten in her large family, and about to start university. She chose her university due to an obsession with an academic there, the distinctive Lorna Clay, whose famous book 'The Truants' is about writers having to push themselves to the limits of life. Once there, ...
  • cailleach
    1970-01-01
    Jess Walker enrols at university in Norwich (rather than the Oxbridge route she could have taken) in order to study under the flamboyant and mysterious Lorna Clay (who has recently mysteriously left her tenured position at Cambridge). Jess is not given a place on the module she wants to study under Clay but on her other less prestigious one about Agatha Christie 's novels and life. Jess has low self esteem so when Lorna notices her and singles he...
  • Sid Nuncius
    1970-01-01
    Overall, I enjoyed The Truants, but it did drag a bit in the middle especially.The book is narrated by Jess, looking back six years or so to 2012 when she was an eighteen-year-old first-year student at an unnamed university bearing a strong resemblance to the University Of East Anglia. Studying English, she falls under the spell of Lorna, a charismatic female lecturer, and also of a wealthy, drug-dependent fellow student and her maverick older bo...
  • Bookoholic.me
    1970-01-01
    The action starts slowly, for the first 100 pages it was only "ok". Students partying and falling in love, having love triangles and problems at school. I would probably rate it as 3 but then the second part of the book definitely changed everything!!!First of all I wanted to say thank you for showing abortion as a choice. It is extremely important that every woman who is pregnant has a choice to either keep the pregnancy or have an abortion. I l...
  • Angela Watt
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was a wonderful book. Once I'd fallen into it, I never wanted to leave. Some of the writing is truly beautiful and I found myself rereading sentences to hear them in my head again. I almost took a highlighter to them but couldn't quite bring myself to do it. I'm not a great literary reader but this has a literary feel to it.I'm not even sure how I would describe it. Is it a crime book or a book about obsession or one about growing ...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Set at the thinly disguised University of East Anglia this novel mixes up the university/Secret History genre with some lush Agatha Christie.The first part of the book sets the scene, this did drag a little - maybe Norfolk uni life is a little tame compared to the US's Princetown, but I could not quite believe the personal pastoral care that the student received from her tutor. Even if she was a scheming madwoman the UK's university funding and c...
  • Rebecca Hughes
    1970-01-01
    I think this book came to me at a fortuitous time. If my head had been less fuzzy, and able to focus on anything but light entertainment, then this review would be quite different. As it is, I thoroughly enjoyed racing through this poorly plotted campus thriller, featuring an English lecturer obsessed with Agatha Christie and intentional disappearances. The main character is so bland I kept forgetting her name, and every time another character sa...
  • Chloe
    1970-01-01
    Kate Weinberg's debut novel is going to fill your gaping Sally Rooney gap. At the centre of this modern-day whodunnit are four complex, clever rule-breaking characters with a perilous craving to live life against the grain. With all the debauchery one would expect from middle-class university freshers, this book will put forth questions that you didn't even know you wanted the answers to - "are white lies, even elaborate acts of deception, somet...
  • Kaz
    1970-01-01
    DNF. I read this on Kindle. Or rather, I attempted to, because I was ripped from immersion every couple of paragraphs by the words being spaced irregularly or the words themse-lves having really stran-ge placement of das-hes several times a page. Maybe this is a Kindle issue but honestly if a publishing company cannot port their book onto a digital format without the irregularities I'm not going to bother with their novel for the fact of what els...