May 03, 07
Read in January, 2005
I read an advance review of Prep and I knew immediately wanted to read it. The idea of boarding school fascinated me, much like it fascinates the main character, Lee. I was prepared for disappointment, as sometimes I disagree with reviewers, but I was happily surprised by the book. Curtis Sittenfeld flawlessly recreates a world of privilege that few know about. Her experiences in east coast prep schools have well prepared her to write about the daily interactions between haughty students and fairly clueless teachers. The characters are believable and relatable. You will spend most of the book cringing at the horribly awkward situations Lee gets herself into, but it all pays off in the end.