An honest, intimate look at the lives of today's teens—told through the true experiences of friends at a New England prep school
Established in 1798, Milton Academy has a proud history of achievement. It has educated artists and CEOs; it has produced a long line of distinguished scholars and dignitaries; and it has shepherded students through the world of high-pressure ac...more
From what I understand, the stories in this book are no ...more
As a prep school alum, I can certainly believe the events of the book transpired more or less as described. But I can't figure out what purpose the authors thought they'd serve. Much attention is paid to girls who reduce themselves to objects in the hope that male attention of any kind will gain them the respect of their peers, but in th ...more
The only time I have ever given unsolicited advice in a book store was when I saw a woman pick ...more
It's partially an account of the "Milton Scandal", which I'd never heard of--back in 2005, five hockey players were expelled from Milton Academy in Massachusetts for receiving oral sex in the locker room [en masse:] from a 15 year-old female ...more
It was educational to hear about the cultural and social norms at a New England prep school. It's sad to hear how easily young girls are letting themselves be, even begging to be, used sexually by older boys. It would be one thing if they felt affection for these boys, or even see ...more
This book is about something terrible that happened at Milton academy.things are about to get a little explicit here, in case you can't handle it.
From what I read, the whole school was somehow involved in things getting to the point they got to. Girls were giving boys every ...more
On the one hand, we could argue (and I'm certain the authors would argue) that this is a good thing. Their teenage su ...more
Restless has been pitched quite obviously as the “real life” version of Curtis Sittenfeld’s best-selling Prep. The difference between the two books is immense, however. Sittenfeld conjures a narrative that cuts much deeper than the usual high school dr ...more
I would have enjoyed it more had they chosen to explore the story from the perspective of 'Zoe' (she was the fifteen year old Milton student, who brought statutory rape charges against five other Milton boys).
The student body seemed to believe that there should h ...more
They don't actually have new info on the main incident and apparently didn't get to interview in any depth any of the kids involve ...more
The detailed sex encounters are not what is shocking, I feel like it goes on everywhere. It is the lack of self respect and self esteem exhibited by each of the girls represented in the novel. Sex acts are performed in order to gain popularity and ...more
Or I guess that's what this book was supposed to be about. This was not terribly well-done. The authors basically just present us with the lives of a number of students, none of which ...more
Since the book is written in short chunks split between different students and different events it was easy to get through, though a little confusing when read over a long period of time. Again, more a fault of my reading than anything the authors did.
There wasn't much revealed in this that I didn't expect. I didn't ...more