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Schooled Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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"Sharply observed debut."―People Magazine
"Witty, entertaining, and all together tantalizing."―Town & Country
"Biting teach and tell debut."―Redbook Magazine
"Utterly terrifying and delicious. I inhaled this novel in hours."―Jane Green
"Schooled easily finds itself to the head of the class."―Miami Herald
"By turns dishy, delightful, and hilarious, Anisha Lakhani's debut novel is also a biting teach and tell. Required reading!"―Claire Cook, author of Summer Blowout, Life's a Beach and Must Love Dogs
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately Anna's character arch is extremely predictable and the ultimate climax of the book is fairly abrupt and not extremely climatic. What's missing from Schooled is any real depth, rather than digging deeper into the lives of Anna's students, Lakhani seems more interested in long descriptions of Anna's binge brand shopping and the Channel Bag or Prada Shoes she buys. Despite its flaws Schooled still delivers on some level, I found myself interested in following Anna's journey, even though I knew pretty well where it would turn out.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of Schooled is that it has the nugget of a gem of a really good book, Lakhani has a great set-up, really likable characters and an engaging writing styles, she just never digs deep enough to pull out its true potential. Still, if you're looking for a light summer read and were a huge fan of The Nanny Diaries: A Novel you could do much worse than Schooled.
The portrayal of every child in this book (with the exception of one who is from Westchester) as a bratty, rich "cruiser" is offensive and smacks of hypocrisy. There definitely were a few bad eggs, the types who did have bar and bat mitzvahs at the Pierre, and it was at those parties that you could always spot Anisha Lakhani, hobnobbing with the parents she supposedly hates so much.
The fact that Mrs. Lakhani herself is one of the fashion obsessed social climbers she attempts to skewer in "Schooled" may be what keeps her protagonist, Anna Taggert, so one-dimensional and unsympathetic. She makes constant justifications for her own repellant behavior, but is judgmental of others. She claims to have been a good girl who "had never done a drug in my life" and knows nothing about fashion or labels, but recounts drunken nights as a freshman in Delta Gamma at Columbia. Which is about as believable as Miley Cyrus having been a relevant part of pop culture in the year 2005, when the book is set, and her only credits were two lines in Big Fish and one episode of her father's sitcom.
But over all, I found the quality of the writing to be the worst thing about this book -- yes, even worse than the cultural anachronisms, the lack of character exposition, and how downright obnoxious the thing is. I spent $23.95 on what reads like a first draft.Read more ›
Our heroine, Anna Taggart, whose life and appearance bear an uncanny resemblance to our author, decides to become a private school teacher out of good old-fashioned altruism. But like numerous doe-eyed teachers before her, she abruptly discovers that the hours are bad, the pay is a feeble joke, and the parents would be happy to crucify her. That is, until she discovers the money tree that is being a private tutor to the children of the obscenely rich.
This book takes a story that arguably deserves to be told, tries to put a "Sex and the City" veneer on it, gilds her narrative with a sort of dark humor, and puts it into a slickly arranged package. Which is nice, except the actual book reads like the author sent her first draft to the publisher with nary a proofread, and the publisher was too cheap to assign her a copy checker.
The narrative is drenched in adjectives and adverbs, a sure sign of an inexperienced writer. Moreover, she doesn't appear to trust us enough to give us a measured narrator with sufficient perspective on her subject. Witness this quote from page 4: "The look on my father's face was clear: I had gone too far." But what was that look? Pinched lips, melodramatic eye rolls, stony silence? I don't know.Read more ›
While scrolling through the reviews, I came across a reviewer who actually had been in the authors' class, and I was completely not surprised to see what they had to say about her. While the reviewers are supposed to stick to reviewing the book, and not give their own personal vendettas a voice, it was interesting to read what this particular reviewer had to say, given they were taught by the author in her seventh grade English class- which is the setting of her book. What is disturbing is to see posts put up by the author (and later deleted) in response to the criticism, using her maiden name!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These boarding school / prep school type stories are typically a pretty clear hit or miss with me. This one was strangely (and maybe frustratingly) a little down the middle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by EpicFehlReader
This book isn't some great classic read. It's no J.K Rowling or Jane Austen. It is however an entertaining, way to pass the time and get lost in meaningless smut kind of book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Keshia
As a fellow author, I must say I was drawn to this book from the very first paragraph. Ms.Lakhani's description of Anna and her perilous situations with her students captured my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Impressions
Being a teacher, I found the whole story very interesting. I had trouble putting the book down.Published 12 months ago by Karen Parrish
...so thankfully I only wasted one dollar. I was hoping for a light summer read, but this was a complete waste of time. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Philter
Schooled was a nice, light read. It is so unfair that students can pay their way to better schools and jobs.Published on May 6, 2014 by Linda Renfroe
I couldn't put it down. It was one of those books I didn't want to finish, because I was so absorbed in the world of these characters. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Chelsea
Hysterically funny while giving a glimpse into the lite world of private schools. Easy read and a laugh a minutePublished on November 2, 2012 by Urvashi Singh
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it's an easy, fun read. Yes, some parts are over the top. However, as a teacher, it was very entertaining. Many times I found myself laughing. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Senorita