I read Prep because I loved Sittenfeld's American Wife, but Prep was such a letdown! I figured since the author seems to have an intimate knowledge of the prep school world, she would show its seedy underbelly and maybe delve into some new territory. Instead, she stuck to a story easily told in any high school (private or public) e.g. some kids are rich and popular, some kids are not. As an extra hurdle to relate-ability , the main character has a really debilitating fear of social situations, which just hindered the story. Don't waste your time with this - stick to American Wife.
This book was absurdly depressing. The first half was a little on the sad side, but manageable and then - WHAM - the second half makes you slog through the most depressing book ever. This title should come with a warning!!!!
Granted, it's fabulous writing, but for me it wasn't worth it!!!
I loved every second of this audiobook. The idea behind it is so creative and new, I never knew what would come next. The rapture was a concept I had never thought much about, but now I can't stop thinking about it. Not that I'm expecting the real thing, but I think there are so many parallels to be made to real life tragedies. Perrotta did a great job exploring how we realistically cope with loss even in the most unrealistic of circumstances. Worth noting that I didn't find it depressing even though it deals with so many heavy topics.
Since this story took place in a theme park, I mistakenly thought it would be upbeat. Instead it was dark and depressing. I had no idea there would be such a heavy focus on the supernatural, which was also not what I expected. It was exceedingly depressing and I even considered fast forwarding some sad and slow sections (which I NEVER do).
On the plus side, the quality of writing is very good, so if you are someone who can put up with books that make you feel horrible, go right ahead.
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