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The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
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Mar 11, 12

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Jason Prosper has been kicked out of his tony New England prep school and enters Bellingham, the "last chance" prep school for reprobate students. His father agreed to fund the construction of two new dormitories for his son's last chance, his senior year, at this school. Jason comes with heavy baggage: his best friend, roommate, and sailing partner, Cal, committed suicide in the spring. He finds a respite from his loneliness and grief in Aidan, daughter of a self-absorbed California heiress. Jason discovers that Aidan has baggage of her own, and they both struggle against the cruelty of the selfish, arrogant preppies around them. The characters and story are compelling, however, Dermont's narrative style of jumping backward and forward in time can be annoying and confusing. I also didn't care for the name games: "Prosper" and the two young women in Jason's life, Aidan and Nadia?

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