Ivy League & Private School Preoccupations
I have a strange fascination with novels set in Ivy League universities or other private schools. Here's a list of those I've both encountered and enjoyed.
1 I'd Tell You I Love You, Bu...
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2 Cross My Heart and Hope to ...
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3 Don't Judge a Girl by Her C...
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4 Secret Society Girl (Secret...
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5 The Disreputable History of...
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6 Looking for Alaska
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7 Only the Good Spy Young (Ga...
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8 Prep
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9 Under the Rose (Secret Soci...
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10 Anna and the French Kiss (A...
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11 Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac...
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12 Tap & Gown (Secret Society ...
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13 Rites of Spring (Break) (Se...
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14 The Catcher in the Rye
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15 Out of Sight, Out of Time (...
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16 A Separate Peace
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17 Frostbite (Vampire Academy,...
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18 The Secret History
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19 Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academ...
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20 Blood Promise (Vampire Acad...
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21 The Ivy (The Ivy, #1)
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22 The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys...
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23 Spirit Bound (Vampire Acade...
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24 Special Topics in Calamity ...
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25 Admission
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26 The Rules of Attraction
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27 I am Charlotte Simmons
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28 Chloe Does Yale
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29 Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
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30 Paradise Lost (Private, #9)
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31 Slightly Out of Tune
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32 The Year of the Gadfly
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33 Old School
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34 Commencement
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35 Invitation Only (Private, #2)
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35 Last Christmas (Private, #0.6)
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37 Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chroni...
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38 Date Me (The Keatyn Chronic...
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39 On Beauty
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40 Kiss Me (The Keatyn Chronic...
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41 It Had to Be You (Gossip Gi...
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41 Rivals (The Ivy, #3)
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43 Secrets (The Ivy, #2)
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44 The Boy Book: A Study of Ha...
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45 United We Spy (Gallagher Gi...
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46 The Lake of Dead Languages
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46 Night School
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48 The Disreputable History of...
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49 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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50 One L: The Turbulent True S...
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50 Posh
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52 The Treasure Map of Boys: N...
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53 Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. ...
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54 Hacking Harvard
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55 The Rule of Four
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56 Wonder Boys
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56 Schooled
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58 The Red Book
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59 Gentlemen and Players
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60 The Physick Book of Deliver...
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60 Walking Naked
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62 Getting In
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63 Joe College
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64 Scandal (The Ivy, #4)
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65 Schooled
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66 To Serve Them All My Days
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66 All the Sad Young Literary Men
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66 Gossip of the Starlings
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66 The Club
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66 Saying Grace
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66 Oxford Blood (The Cavaliers...
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66 On the Jellicoe Road
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66 Creating Monsters
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74 Waking the Moon
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74 Enchanted Ivy
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74 Yoruba Girl Dancing
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77 Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a...
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77 Roommates (The Girls of Can...
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77 Finding Cassie Crazy
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80 Superior Women
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80 Beware the Fish! (MacDonald...
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82 Blue
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83 Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story
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83 The Marriage Plot
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85 School of Dreams: Making th...
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86 Gentlemen and Players
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86 Private (Private, #1)
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88 Untouchable (Private, #3)
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89 Confessions (Private, #4)
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90 Inner Circle (Private, #5)
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91 Legacy (Private, #6)
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92 Ambition (Private, #7)
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93 Revelation (Private, #8)
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94 Privilege (Privilege, #1)
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95 The Soul Thief
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96 The Princeton Impostor (Mcl...
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96 Suspicion (Private, #10)
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98 A Rare Murder in Princeton ...
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98 Scandal (Private, #11)
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100 Unholy Death in Princeton (...
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message 1: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Thanks for your great list of books about the Ivy League and prep schools. I thought I was the only one out there (not really). I too am fascinated with books set in private schools or Ivy League colleges. I printed out the list. Some books I have already read, some are unfamiliar to me.

I recently finished All Souls by Christine Schutt. The setting is a private girls' school in New York. I've read One L by Scott Turow and Ivy Briefs by Martha Kimes, which are nonfiction books about Ivy League law schools.


message 2: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Glad I'm not the only one--and please feel free to add those books to the list!


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