Prep Prep

Prep

A Novel

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern classic of adolescent angst and ambition set in the world of prep school, from the author of Romantic Comedy and Eligible—“a tart and complex tale of social class, race, and gender politics” (The Boston Globe)
 
One of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year
 
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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2005
January 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
8.3
MB

Customer Reviews

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Well written, but hard to tolerate the teenage perspective

I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the main character very frustrating at times. I kept expecting her to show more growth, but I'm not sure I was convinced that she changed much throughout the novel. Her teenage neuroses were painful at times, but perhaps there was a lot of authenticity in her character as a result. I don't doubt that there other teenagers similar to her, and I shudder to think that I was once so self absorbed. The insular world of a boarding school seems like the perfect grounds to cultivate this degree of egoism. I think It is a well written book, but I can see how the main character would frustrate many readers, to the point of wanting to disregard the novel.

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