Girls’ Dormitory – Beacon, 1958

This was Orrie’s first college girl novel — his other, Campus Tramp, daftly delt with a young lady from the wrong side of th street trying to better herself with an education, and getting roped into nude modeling to cover her expenses.

Girls Dormitory is somewhat similar — the two young ladies that take center stage,  Peggy and Helen, roommates and then lovers, wish to better their lives by attending Cooper Community College.

Peggy is from a well-to-do family, but her father’s money made kids in high school scorn her for her expensive clothes and new car.  She does not want that at college — she wants to blend in, to be one of the regular people, so she dresses down and gets a room in a rooming house, or girls off-campus dorm; she is put in the same room with Helen, who is secretly a prostitute.

Helen hates men, so she makes them pay for it.  On the weekends, she stays in a certain motel while Jerry, basically her pimp, rounds up men for her to fuck, $10-20 a pop, depending what they want. Jerry also works as a handyman at the girls rooming house and dates girls now and then, like Peggy.

Helen’s plan is to get an AA degree and get a executive secretarial job, move about rich men, find a rich man to marry, and live in luxury.

She’s also a lesbian, and falls for Peggy, who finds out she likes girls too, although she starts to date Jerry.

The man who runs the motel, Frank. is hurting for extra cash so he blackmails Helen into giving him 25% of her take, or else he will tell the college what she does and she will get expelled on moral grounds.  But Jerry beats the guy up for moving in on his territory.

When Helen finds out that Peggy’s father is a widower, and he hasa thing for young girls, and he’s loaded with money, Helen hatches plans to become her lesbian lover’s step-mom.

This is a good one — it moves fast and the characters are sympathetic.

On the Hitt Scale, a 8.5.

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