This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure.
Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.
©2005 Curtis Sittenfeld (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"Sittenfeld, who won Seventeen's fiction contest at 16, proves herself a natural in this poignant, truthful book." (Publishers Weekly)
“Curtis Sittenfeld is a young writer with a crazy amount of talent. Her sharp and economical prose reminds us of Joan Didion and Tobias Wolff. Like them, she has a sly and potent wit, which cuts unexpectedly–but often–through the placid surface of her prose. Her voice is strong and clear, her moral compass steady; I’d believe anything she told me.” (Dave Eggers)
I went to boarding school on a scholarship and am from a middle class family. The similarities between Lee and me end there. I've never found a protagonist more socially awkward, self-conscious, tiresome, unsympathetic, and boring than Lee. I kept at this story only because I wanted to know how Lee's adult life turned out; unfortunately, Sittenfeld leaves us with few details. This novel felt like a waste of time.
'Prep' had really good character development and kept me engaged on my walks... various personality studies are this book's strong point. I wasn't sure if this is a book aimed at teens but I enjoyed it anyway.
Listening to this book felt like four long years with an unpleasantly insecure character who never really evolves or learns anything. It's a somewhat realistic look into life in boarding school and it does pick up in the end, but I was so happy to be done with Lee when the book finally, after 17 hours, ended.
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Somewhat relatable and totally depressing! Why couldn't I stop listening? I was waiting for the plot to reveal itself- it didn't.
At the end of it all, I couldn't find a single positive thing to say about the lead narrator of the story. Nothing. I disliked her so much that I really can't believe I finished the book. She wasn't nice or mean, kind or cruel, fun or not fun. Leigh was simply ugh.
I purchased this book thinking that I was getting a young adult novel, similar to the ones that I read as a teen. I'll say I personally really enjoyed this book, I would recommend this for an adult. If you've talked about the birds and the bees with your teen, and are comfortable with them being subjected to some adult themes then they'll enjoy it. Just know there's sexual content
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