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Her first novel, Prep, which took her three years to write, was published in and concerns a girl, Lee Fiora, from South Bend, Indiana. Prep A Novel Written by Curtis Sittenfeld Prep Category: Fiction – Literary; Fiction – Coming Of Age; Fiction – Sagas Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks. PREP By Curtis Sittenfeld. pp. Random House. $ Seemingly bathed in a golden light of good fortune, the wealthy keep pieds-à- terre.

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Lee will then ruminate, “She liked my sweater. Apr 08, Jessica rated it it was ok. It made no sense for such an emotionally sensitive and insightful character and really, she was — she had a lot of potential to have no interests whatsoever beyond her own popularity also thwarted by her utter lack of social skills.

She struggles to answer this question: Oh and she also worships a total dick Not even good supporting characters. Topics Books The Observer. Sittenfeld’s strength is in making this experience feel universal. Sittenfeld was 24 years old when she got to work on the book — and 29 when it published. Her keen awareness of the socio-economic differences between her and her high-class schoolmates cripples her, and a large part of the story occurs inside her head as she obsesses over feelings of inadequacy.

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A for Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaangst Prepa story told by the talented Curtis Sittenfeld, was hard to put down. At least that is how I came away from this book.

And so it went as I rolled through the ups and downs of high school. Assumedly, the book was supposed to be a coming-of-age novel wherein the fish-out-of-water protagonist Lee Fiora, learns to exceed the repressive bounds of prep school and get over her personal issues.

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PREP is less about a prep school and more about the ups and downs and the lows and highs of being years of age. I waited patiently for her to learn from her mistakes and was sorely disappointed when Lee stayed exactly the same through four years of high school.

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The only current thread is the protagonist’s exasperating one-sided 4 year crush on the most skttenfeld guy in school. Two stars is way to generous For the record, though, I recommend spreading it out across several sittings rather than reading it in one big lump–otherwise you can a become inure to the emotional swings and b you might miss a would-be favorite sittenceld. Of course, I believe the prep school is based heavily on the school Sittenfeld attended herself, but its descriptions are full of little quirks and in-jokes that ring very true to what high school dynamics are like.

I don’t recall the date ever being given. I write this review to save you from being sucked into the hype.

The cover says “light, airy, cheery, fun”. She set out to make Prep a commentary on something bigger and cuttis it with flying colors. I also didn’t like how she separated races so much.

Sittenfeld is able to portray that inconsequential events have the weight of lead during adolescence. But wait did she like my sweater because she really liked it? They were fully formed adults who behaved like they were in their late 20s.

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She drives her story, even if you don’t care for how she does it. As the years sail by, Lee learns to deal with all things associated with coming of age, except for what it truly means to fit in. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. Her mortifying quasi-romance with a popular boy named Cross who never acknowledges in her public is the most extreme example of this.

Suddenly, with crushing intensity, I remembered how maddeningly frustrated I would become with my parents, how ill at ease I would feel in the presence of a beautiful, popular girl, or how devastated I was over bad crush. So this author has given me one five star read and one two star and that is generous. Chick Lit Book Club: Sittenfeld tended to write extremely long sentences full of comma splices. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Age may be the hardest years for a teenager, male or female. Both in comparison to Prep and other novels, The Man of My Dreams has gathered mixed reviews with much of the same praise and criticism Prep has garnered. Still, I do look forward to reading more of her work, and I recommend Prep to all sittenveld interested in a deeper teen-centered novel.

Yes, I loved Prep This one almost made it to my “couldn’t finish” list but I made it! Worst book I’ve read in recent memory.

Prep 1 30 May 05, And, most amazingly, Sittenfeld does this without trying to make everything better–to make the protagonist more self-aware or to balm over her misery. The very wealthy supporting characters are only rough sketches or at most, one-dimensional, but when they do appear, they underscore the socio-economic differences well. And this outsider believed herself chrtis be “a petty, angry, impotent person. Don’t buy into it; there’s nothing extraordinary about this book.

Jan 28, Phrynne rated it it was ok Shelves: That would make it not worth reading. Ault is the sort of place where, if you’re a girl, your social standing is measured by the intricacy of the flower design on your bedspread. Dec 11, Kirk rated it it was ok. Her husband rises in curis to the office of president, and, although Blackwell staunchly disagrees with her husband’s politics, she continues to love him.

Sep 25, Anna rated it really liked it. Have you ever actually read Catcher? PREP is bound to become a classic, for its brutally honest interpretation of a time that plagues all of us: Great storytelling, tremendous character development, extremely well written and I highly recommend this book.