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Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld
Prep
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Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front... show more
Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of–and, ultimately, a participant in–their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered.Ultimately, Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812972351 (081297235X)
ASIN: 081297235X
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 420
Edition language: English
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Kayleigh Donnelly's Blog
Kayleigh Donnelly's Blog rated it
4.0 Didn't Want the Story to End
Curtis Sittenfeld creates a character, Lee, who personally I could not stand. That's one of the most interesting parts of the books. Every page I turned I was begging for a personality change in Lee. Many others who read this book related completely to Lee as a character and felt it really repres...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
4.0
I went to prep school. Briefly. In Massachusetts. It was a place with a chapel and a headmaster who knew everyone's names.When I tell people that, they're like whoa, really? Because, I assume, me and the place described in this book don't seem to go together very well - which, good point, we didn't ...
Jill
Jill rated it
When I went to college I was shocked to meet kids who had actually attended boarding school. I had grown up on a steady diet of boarding school literature, but conceptually, it seemed so preposterous. You went to boarding school if you were European and from the 19th century, not if you were America...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
3.0 Prep: A Novel
an author gets a certain amount of points when they really pound away at their work, especially with the MFA free-fire zone, and so every sentence is constructed bang-on to build to greater and greater effect. this is something highly refined about the first third, at least, of Prep, and I can easil...
knittingnut
knittingnut rated it
0.0 Prep
A young woman trying to settle into a different environment and how she copes with lifes ups and downs. A bit lie 'Mallory Towers' series
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