Inside Manhattan’s private school world of fast-paced over-the-top entitlement and superficial gloss lurk many secrets—the secrets of emotionally charged teenage and adult lives. In this eloquent novel set during one class’s senior year at the Griffin School, among the queen bees and the wannabes, Michael Avery and Julianne Coopersmith begin a relationship. Their backgroun...more
Lucy Jackson, a pseudonym (understandably) takes on the overused and much abused world of the Upper East Side to toss around all the cliched stereotypes she can get her hands on. The story, if you can call it that, centers around some students in a prep school, their neglectful and band name happy parents and a headmistress.
First, if you have clearly never met a teenager, don't try to write about one. Jackson drops as many buzz words as she can, all the ...more
however, it's much darker and deeper than that. it's written extremely well, and from multiple character perspectives, in little vingettes that last no more than five pages (most ring in at three). but it ...more
This is Jackson's look at the lives of those who reside on the Upper East Side, centering around an elite prep school. There's the headmistress who hates the parents she has to deal with but loves the money and prestige that come with the job; the parents who don't care about their offspring until they make them look bad; and some students trying to figure it all out. Sort of.
This book didn't really have a plot ...more
I liked how the very r ...more
I liked this book, despite its many typos and other proofreading errors. Before reading the first word, I expected snarky satire of the New York elite, but when I finished Posh, I wondered if I had misjudged the story. Yes, Posh does mock the super rich - high school (oops - private school) girls flaunting their Jimmy Choos and jeans bought at Barney's, mothers toting $9000 purses in their minks while their offspring are falling apart makes for some delicious black humor and iron ...more
I thought it was strange how the book begins with a chapter about Elizabeth, Morgan's mother. But then the story really isn't about Morgan or her mother, it's mostly about the relationship between Michael and Julianne and Lazy and Doug/Richard. And, why does Ja ...more
For one, while the beginning of the novel may have drawn me in, by the end, I felt that it served no real purpose or importance, and didn't understand why the author started the novel the way she did.
Secondly, since the novel was broken up chapter after chapter ...more
I liked the book, because the characters were complex and I was drawn into their lives early on in the book; however, the book was too short to ...more
but at the end i just wasn't sure what the point was.
supposedly lucy jackson is the pseudonym of a famous novelist ...more
"The jacket of this book is obviously very similar to the jacket of Prep. However, I think this similarity does this book a disservice. "Prep" focused on one character who didn't seem to develop much over the course of the book--the conceit of the novel really hinged more on the idea of a "behind-the-scenes" look at student life at an elite boarding school than anything else. "Posh" follows several characters, all of whom are ...more
Main characters include:
Morgan, a senior whose mother just died
Julianne, Morgan's best friend and charity case
Dee, Julianne's mom who was a great novelist and now drives a cab
Kathryn "Lazy" Hoffman, headmistress and adulteress
Michael, Julianne's psychotic boyfriend
This was a quick, fun read. The characters are fairly well-developed and interesting. And the cover on this book is to ...more