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Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

24 Ratings: 1.9
A Novel of a Young Adult at Boarding School

In the late 1980s, for reasons even she has difficulty pinpointing, fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora leaves her middle-class, close-knit, ribald family in Indiana and enrolls at Ault, an elite co-ed boarding school in Massachusetts. Both intimidated and fascinated … see full wiki

Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Date Published: November 22, 2005
1 review about Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

Tribulations at Boarding School

  • Mar 5, 2009
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Having never attending a boarding school or out of town college, I was always jealous of those who did. This book gives me a picture of some of the things I missed out on. In this case however, it is presented from the eyes of someone who experienced the life but as someone who was considered an outcast (but not really a nerd).

Lee, comes from a middle class family in Indiana. Having received a scholarship to attend the prestigious boarding school Ault, she is thrust into a campus life with a lot of kids from very affluent families. Lee never seems to "appreciate" herself and feels inferior to the other students throughout her time at school. Though she have very strong emotional feelings she keeps them bottled up because she considers herself a "loser" and is constantly in fear of failure and never takes any risks for pleasure.

Lee is very good at judging the other people around her but never realizes that the real short-comings in herself are her own self imposed boundaries. At various times she has strong crushes on other students, the first being with Gates (a female) and then Cross (a boy). She never gives any of her crushes even the slightest hint how she feels even though she watches them from the fringes with a very strong attraction but not enough imagination for even a fantasy. You keep reading along and wish you could make yourself appear into the story and guide Lee along on the right path to getting what she really wants.

The book rarely covers anything in the classroom and most of the story takes place over the four years of high school in the student dorms. I thank the author for giving me a glimpse of what I seemed to miss out on.

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