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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.
I felt very little sympathy for Lee and by the end of the book I just wanted to shake her.
I picked up Prep because I do like coming of age novels, and there aren't many books dealing realistically with a US boarding school experience.
The story was flat, the main character not fully developed or believable (or particularly likeable).
Let me first start by saying that Curtis Sittenfeld is a really good writer, excellent even, at letting the reader into a narrator’s head and their very essence. Read morePublished 10 days ago by lioness51
I can't get enough of Curtis sittenfeld! With every book, she has me hanging on every story, so caught up that I can stop thinking about the characters!Published 11 days ago by Anna Banana
Superbly written, painfully accurate account of adolescence. Although I'm well into middle age and didn't attend boarding school, each time I sat down with this book I was once... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth Barnhart
Whoever compared this to Catcher in the Rye should be shot. Holden is a great sympathetic character, while the protagonist here is a terrible self-pitying drip. Read morePublished 1 month ago by glicker
I think this book does a great job of capturing what it feels like to be a teenage girl.Published 1 month ago by Kate Brunelle
Lee Fiora is a thirteen-year-old girl from South Bend, Indiana. She excels at all her classes at her local middle school. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hope LaGrois (from Hope's Bookshelf)
It was pretty slow, and only held my interest at the end. I wouldn't recommend it
I prefer a faster read.
This is a coming-of-age novel in which the main character never comes of age. Lee Fiora of South Bend, Indiana is accepted into a prestigious East Coast boarding school as a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cathryn Conroy