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Prep

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Renee Countryman 05-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my kind of lead"

    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.

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    Brenna K 04-29-16
    Brenna K 04-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Unsure if it's appropriate for teens"

    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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    Megan 04-29-16
    Megan 04-29-16
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    "Meandering plot leaves much to be desired"

    There are some very good aspects to this book, the narration is wonderful, and some of the details and descriptions are very well written. However I found the main character to be extremely frustrating and therefore was unable to completely enjoy the story. Also the plot follows her entire high school career, and is very dull at points. Obviously this is because real life is dull, but I prefer a book with more suspense.

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    Amazon Customer 02-13-16
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    "waste of time"

    I dont get it. nothing happens. I went to a prep school. the story of this girl did not need to be told. I went to hear stories about people who have depth and are complex. please tell me why anyone found this story interesting.

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    Farm Girl 08-29-15
    Farm Girl 08-29-15
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    "Couldn't Finish It"
    Would you try another book from Curtis Sittenfeld and/or Julie Dretzin?

    doubtful


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard this book compared to The Catcher in the Rye, but I don't see the comparison. It's just the self-absorbed life a teenager, feeling like an outsider at a posh school. I found it tedious, and couldn't get past the first few chapters. I tried to stick it out, in the hope of a big philosophical reveal at the end, but it just wasn't worth it.

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    Elbara 11-18-13
    Elbara 11-18-13
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    "I can't believe I listened to the whole thing!"

    I don't expect all protagonists to be fully likeable, but Lee Fiora is one of the most self-absorbed, insensitive, imperceptive and downright tedious characters I've encountered. It's hard to believe that anyone so dim could have gotten into a prestigious prep school, much less with a scholarship, and even less that she would become the best friend of the most liked girl in her class. Somewhere I read a recommendation for this book as being better than another one I was considering. Can't remember what that was, but if this is really the case, I certainly don't want to! As a public school graduate who attended an Ivy League school, I don't have any reason to be defensive of prep schools, but I will say that even the "villains" in this book are more interesting than the "heroine." The book drones on far too long, and I kept thinking I should just stop listening. Maybe I kept at it thinking it would get better, but it didn't.

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    Laura 10-09-13
    Laura 10-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - it seemed more for young adults. Nothing much happens. The narration was really good so it was an okay listen, but I would never recommend this book. It was interesting to find that the author is actually a woman, and that her middle name is "Curtis" after her mother's surname - and that she went to Prep school at the same age as the main character in this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Curtis Sittenfeld again?

    Yes, because I loved her book "Sisterland"


    Have you listened to any of Julie Dretzin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is a terrific narrator for a young voice.


    Do you think Prep needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable teen tale"

    Kept me hooked in. Absorbing story about the goings-on of privileged teens and the occasional regular kid. Cutthroat emotional hijinks. Good, angsty teen tale with enough restraint to make it enjoyable for any age.

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    Joan 12-19-12
    Joan 12-19-12
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    "Compelling Story"

    This is a compelling story that will keep you listening. The narrator's viewpoint is well managed, although she shows a little too much self-understanding for a real adolescent. Still, it was a good cathartic look at coming of age.

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    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 06-18-12
    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "annoying"

    I really enjoyed Curtis Sittenfelds other books but man was this ever a pain to get through. The character is so neurotic- but still finished it. Sad story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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