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True to its genre, Prep is filled with boarding school stereotypes--from the alienated gay student to the picture perfect blond girl; the achingly earnest first-year English teacher and the dreamy star basketball player who never mentions the fact that he's Jewish. Lee's status as an outsider is further affirmed after her parents drive 18 hours in their beat-up Datsun to attend Parent's Weekend, where most of the kids "got trashed and ended up skinny-dipping in the indoor pool" at their parents' fancy hotel. Yet even as the weekend deteriorates into disaster and ends with a heartbreaking slap across the face, Sittenfeld never blames or excuses anyone; rather, she simply incorporates the experience into Lee's sense of self. ("How was I supposed to understand, when I applied at the age of thirteen, that you have your whole life to leave your family?")
By the time Lee graduates from Ault, some readers may tire of her constant worrying and self-doubting obsessions. However, every time we feel close to giving up on her, Sittenfeld reels us back in and makes us root for Lee. In doing so, perhaps we are rooting for every high school student who's ever wanted nothing more than to belong. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very sophmoric- suggest you read Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe instead.Published 1 month ago by Jeff
I wanted to like this. I wanted to like the character. I waited for her to come around and for me to be happy for her, but it never happens.Published 1 month ago by Jessica
Fairly new, but there are some light stains on the book cover and backPublished 3 months ago by Mel
Maybe it is because I listened to this book, I didn't like it. I shouldn't judge a book by the narrator but someone has got to think that if the narrator sounds like a drag, the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book Lover in Florida
I was surprised this was a serious coming-of-age book, with some subtlety and depth, rather than the snarky, breezy social commentary I expected. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bulldog woman
This was a reread of Prep, the story of Lee Fiora, a teenager from South Bend, Indiana, who wins a scholarship to Ault, a prestigious New England boarding school. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan
This was a surprisingly great read and I loved it. I can see why it is a New York times bestseller. It took me about 5 pages to "get into" it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amber FLYNN
A coming of age / fish out of water story with the minutiae of boarding school life. Occasionally revealing, but ultimately I found it a bit of a yawn.Published 4 months ago by Lynn M