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Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
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Jan 08, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: cultural-studies, fiction, ivy
Read from February 15 to 18, 2010


A lot of people hated this book because of the whiny, self-absorbed, insecure, and generally unlikable narrator. Understandable. I wouldn't want to hang out with her either. But what I think those people missed is that the narrator is a horrible person in exactly the way that real-life adolescents often are.

Everything about this book seemed like it had been taken straight out of an angsty teen's (or perhaps the author's own) diary. It reminded me of a Mike Leigh film - the realism had that same sort of unpleasantness. Plot-wise, nothing much really happened, so if I wasn't interested in class issues and boarding schools, I probably would have thought it was boring and pointless. As it was, I found the narrator's insights interesting enough to make the book enjoyable.

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