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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Chick Lit Book Club: Please help by adding reliable sources. Her husband rises in politics to the office of president, and, although Blackwell staunchly disagrees with her husband’s politics, she continues to love him. Damn you, high school! And, as a first novel, it’s got a lot going for it. Now I say “defend” because the book is marketed as chick-lit I don’t care how much reputable praise you list on the back cover; when there’s a pink and green belt cinching your book, you’re chick-litand I was embarrassed to brandish it on the El.

She leaves her parents and calm Midwestern existence for a more exciting life at Ault School. Every time I pick up a book, I expect to be taken on a ride. Darcy dine at Boca? Then her social awkwardness would have made a bit more sense and been more engaging to me who longs for more stories with bisexual autistic people. At the time, she was also chosen as one of Glamour magazine ‘s College Women of the Year.

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If only the book had started within the last pages and continued from there, it may have had some hope. Dec 29, Melea Rose-Waters rated it did not like it Shelves: Rating the book with five stars is not a recommendation. Durtis knew I shouldn’t haven’t worn this sweater today. Imagine if your chrysalis is inhabited by the curtjs offspring of Manhattanite bankers and national senators. Retrieved 27 April 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.


May 30, stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: Lee’s travails, however, are complicated by the fact that she has to sittenfele room and board with her classmates. Lee slowly does discover, though, that some are not quite what they appear: What many people believe, in real life, I have found, is that those who attended the elite boarding schools of America are rich, ungrateful, spoiled and unlikeable people.

Lee is an anomaly: It’s whole because sittenfelf may not feel like your life, but it feels like someone’s, and that someone is intermittently hilarious and almost always incisive. Convincing herself that trading her Midwest family in cyrtis a fancy East Coast prep school is the answer, Lee becomes a scholarship student at the wealthy and prestigious Ault School, where she quickly learns that gaining admission isn’t the same as gaining acceptance.

This is what sets the book apart from many other titles. Lee is endearing, shy, careful, rude, nosey, aloof, spontaneous, lazy, premeditated, mean, loving, and hormonal all wrapped into one person. This makes it a beautiful challenge to recommend at the bookstore. I don’t know that Sittenfelld would have liked this book more if I had read it during high school because the author, who comes of as fairly self-righteous in interviews, denies that this book is meant for young adults or “chick-lit” readers.

As the author was a Cincinnati girl who attended a boarding school in Massachusetts, I suspect at least some of this is autobiographical. I thought the writing was good, and I sittenffeld myself really relating to the protagonist as I used to have many of the same tendencies not really involving myself in things and instead just hanging out on the fringes of life.

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The end of summer evokes a pang for back-to-school, and all that it entails, like nothing else. It is an uncomfortable read. Apr sittenfe,d, Jessica rated it it was ok. But while I was in their city, it just seemed like such a mistake that I had ever left home, such an error in judgement on all our parts.


Scholarship girl Lee does not fit it at all: Her mortifying quasi-romance with a popular boy named Cross who never acknowledges in her public is the most extreme example of this. This book is on my nerves.

Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Longlist It goes horribly, of course. Yes, I loved Prep Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It’s great curts relive it all, now that it is happening to someone else. After rave reviews and becoming a Curtid York Times bestseller, it has also been optioned as a film by Paramount.

Her prose is elegant and tight, her supporting characters are believable, her dialogue is realistic, and her world-building is awesome. At Stanford, she studied creative writing, wrote articles for the college newspaper, and edited that paper’s weekly arts magazine.

All the reviews raved about how this was Catcher in the Rye from a girl’s perspective. If you’re a boy pdep dislikes sport, you might as well start writing your suicide note now.

It’s all about observation and laying bare the atmosphere that is Prep School as experienced by an outsider. Sittenfeld was born August 23,in Cincinnati, Ohiothe second of four children three girls and a boy.

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After reading Prep I understand them better. Jan 26, Sondra rated it really liked it Shelves: I cried because of how guilty I felt, and because of how indulgent my guilt was As Stephen King said, “If you pprep being a teenager, there’s something really wrong with you. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld Goodreads Author.

You are NOT ready for the larger world at all even if you think you are.