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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As if the protagonist being a stagnant, unlikable mess weren’t enough reason to give this book a mere one star I wouldn’t even give it that, had I a choicethe plot mirrors its protagonist, setting up what could be a wonderful story about finding oneself, but isttenfeld going nowhere.

She is of “half-Catholic, half-Jewish” background. The writing makes for an easy read and, as a sittenfel awkward neurotic myself, I was occasionally impressed by descriptions of internal thought processes this book really spoke to me.

I keep bathroom reading this book. Sittennfeld probably would have been more interesting if this character had been autistic and bisexual. 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.

I befriended one girl who attended a Massachusetts boarding school as a sittenfelr student.

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You are NOT ready for the larger world at all even if you think you are. I write this review to save you from being sucked into the hype. Which is why I think identification might be beside the point–if you like Lee, if you don’t like Lee; if you recognize your school in hers or you don’t–it’s still a visceral and whole picture of something, and it feels whole because it isn’t a neat linear trajectory from insecure to secure, insular to worldly, and no-boyfriend to perfect-boyfriend.



This is done without the slightest self-awareness, either on her part or the writer’s, which makes her an infuriating protagonist. I know my tendency to be nostalgic magnifies this all for me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She turned sort of pathetic for me.

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I kid you not. Other times it’s a fast-paced roller coaster, ups and downs twisting my stomach in knots, exciting me until the very last page. NEVER show enthusiasm for the “punishment” As the author was a Cincinnati girl who attended a boarding school in Massachusetts, I suspect at least some of this is autobiographical.

She takes everything with a grain of salt and a little bit of dry humor while making wise observations well beyond her years. Jan 26, Sondra rated it really liked it Shelves: But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered.

Its hard to read when its so raw you know what you are reading is true but you want to look away because well most people probably remember all too well the awkward years. I ploughed on hoping that Lee would develop a back bone and benefit in some way from her experiences but she did neither of those things.

The book is supposedly narrated by Lee later in her life as she looks back at her prep school days, but there’s no perspective on her stupidity or sense that she has developed as a personality or matured in any way in the intervening years. Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external linksand by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view.


I don’t recall the date ever being given. Someone will tell Lee they like her sweater. Don’t buy into it; there’s nothing extraordinary about this book. You want to slap her. Some of the tales in PREP are downright shameful, even if accurate. It’s all about observation and laying bare the atmosphere that is Prep School as experienced by an outsider.

You went to boarding school if you were European and from the 19th century, not if you were American and born in the early 90s. How often, as a reader, can one truly say that they understood exactly how something felt? At the time, she was also chosen as one of Glamour magazine ‘s College Women of the Year.

I know how they came to be this way at the mere age of She t You know, I started out really liking this book. With Prepwhat started off as a promising booka protagonist with room to grow, a realistically structured setting, the timeless coming-of-age plotquickly became one of the most boring, ridiculous things I have ever read.

Bennet, a country-club going social climber, takes the opportunity to play match-maker for her daughters. View all 6 comments. But wait did she like my sweater because she really liked it?

She struggles to answer this question: As the years sail by, Lee learns to deal with all things associated with coming of age, except peep what it truly means to fit in. I can’t decide how I felt about this book.