- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 28, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007EJS8KO
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This is the tale of very wealthy--spoiled rotten, in some cases--mostly Waspy, prep school kids, often acting badly. Secondarily, it is the also the story of the parents who have spawned these kids and by their own bad behavior and criminal deeds have launched a successor generation that is likely to be more toxic than their own. So how to you generate sympathy for this kind of character? Even the book's protagonist, Jason Prosper, is just barely an exception to the generally obnoxious group that he hangs out with.
My second qualm with the book is how it raises some heavy duty subjects--coming to terms with being gay, suicide, bullying, murder/manslaughter, racism, corporate fraud, abetting serious crime by persons of authority, etc. and never really resolves any of them with any finality or sense of justice. It may well be that the author's message is that none of these issues/problems/criminal behaviors would have been resolved successfully in the time period (1980s), but that's a bit hard to swallow, even in that go-go period, even with the privileged group that is the focus of the story.
This book may have started out as a straightforward 80s coming of age story, but with the introduction of the very serious themes mentioned above, it became something quite different--much darker and much more difficult to bring to conclusion. For all of its problems, the writing in "The Starboard Sea" is insightful and even quite beautiful at times. This is an author to watch.
Having been expelled from Kensington Prep, Jason Kilian Prosper spends his eighteenth birthday driving his father's Cadillac to Bellingham Academy, a school that will happily forgive his transgressions provided his father contributes to the school's building fund. Before the sun sets, Jason has a moment with a beautiful girl who is staring into the ocean. The reader knows that Jason is destined to meet her again and that she will play a significant role in the novel.
Prosper is recovering (or not) from the death of his best friend and Kensington roommate Cal. Prosper feels guilt about certain circumstances involving Cal, the sort of machination authors create to add emotional heft to a character.Read more ›
Set in the 1980's, this is the story of Jason Prosper. He transfers to Bellingham Academy after the suicide of his close friend and sailing partner, Cal. Blaming himself for his death, Jason is unable to forgive himself or move forward. Despite being unsure about his sexuality, Jason begins a relationship with Aiden, a mysterious and troubled girl who also attends Bellingham. With her he slowly begins to deal with Cal's death.
However, Jason soon faces another tragedy which pretty much leaves him questioning everything he knows. Meanwhile he is surrounded by irresponsible, often mean spirited students who have never really had limits. This added mix of "no consequences" due to the power of class privilege makes for one great read.
I really enjoyed this book, this is a gifted writer. It all felt very authentic and look forward to more from this author.
That soon changes as Jason begins to peel the layers away and reveal his true self. Full of worry and shame, he vacillates between trying to be invisible and trying to be an active part of his world. He just cannot decide where he belongs...until he finds Aidan. Can he really show himself to Aidan? Does he really know who he is?
Just when you think you know where things are headed, the game changes. What was a prep school memoir becomes a quest for what is right-Jason's own starboard sea.
My verdict: Read it! Trust me, you will not want to put down this book. This is a great discussion book, as the end is (I think) a bit ambiguous. This is a book with legs, I predict you will see The Starboard Sea in a movie theater near you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good book in the prep-school Bildungsroman tradition of "A Separate Peace." Like all such books, the somewhat self-absorbed protagonists have "first world... Read morePublished 17 days ago by the_redbreast
I picked up this novel more or less at random. I was attracted by the title—The Starboard Sea. This novel is not really about the sea but is a lot about the life (circa 1987) of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Schwartz
A stunner. A beautifully written page-turner with fully realized characters and a pathos that makes even these rich kids endearing. Brilliant.Published 7 months ago by Orange Shelves
This book is one of my favorites. I've read it twice now and every time I can't put it down. The storyline is unique and one that I haven't encountered in any other book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anonymous
Amber Dermont's characters are troubled but pull you into their story wanting to know exactly what is their secret that they are hiding. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Paul Wood
I thought the book was well-written and the author has a clear sense of sailing and the sea, as well as prep-school life. I like that it was set in 1987-88, because that's my era. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mel
I enjoyed this story. Growing up in the 80's and around preps and being one I found the characters and descriptions authentic and engaging.Published 20 months ago by Tennis Girl
I bought The Starboard Sea when it was first released in February, 2012 but it landed in my TBR stack - which is no shame, there are hundreds there - and I kept picking it up but... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Charles W Smith
An amazing book.
When I first picked it up, I had reservations about spending time with the offspring of the 1%. Read more