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2.91  ·  Rating details ·  904 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Inside Manhattan's private school world of fast-paced over-the-top entitlement and superficial gloss lurk many secrets—the secrets of emotionally charged teenage and adult lives. In this eloquent novel set during one class's senior year at the Griffin School, among the queen bees and the wannabes, Michael Avery and Julianne Coopersmith begin a relationship. Their backgroun ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 10th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 9th 2007)
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Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What, exactly, was the point of this book?
Lucy Jackson, a pseudonym (understandably) takes on the overused and much abused world of the Upper East Side to toss around all the cliched stereotypes she can get her hands on. The story, if you can call it that, centers around some students in a prep school, their neglectful and band name happy parents and a headmistress.
First, if you have clearly never met a teenager, don't try to write about one. Jackson drops as many buzz words as she can, all the
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole story kept my full attention! I imagined Posh as some sort of true story. It's sad to say that some prestigious private schools/universities are not what they seem. As in to say, people view prep schools as being guaranteed an easy acceptance to the top univerisities in the nation. When, honestly, not everyone gets into Yale, Harvard or Princeton. Also, the relationship between Julianne and Michael was somewhat speechless. My favorite character in the story was Julianne's mother, Dee. ...more
i think the reason this book suffered (and i found it on the discount-discount pile) was because it's kind of hard to describe. you automatically think from the book jacket, the blurbs, even the title, that this is another chicklit book about life on the UES - this time in prep school setting.

however, it's much darker and deeper than that. it's written extremely well, and from multiple character perspectives, in little vingettes that last no more than five pages (most ring in at three). but it
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
They say money can't buy happiness. According to author Lucy Jackson, it REALLY can't.

This is Jackson's look at the lives of those who reside on the Upper East Side, centering around an elite prep school. There's the headmistress who hates the parents she has to deal with but loves the money and prestige that come with the job; the parents who don't care about their offspring until they make them look bad; and some students trying to figure it all out. Sort of.

This book didn't really have a plot
Aug 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
I finished this book in a few days and looked back on it, wondering what I'd read and why I'd read it. It tells no worthy story, has no redeeming qualities, and ends up going nowhere. The main characters all lead the kind of privileged, horrible life that I don't want to accept actually existing somewhere. Awful. The author, Lucy Jackson, is a pseudonym, and nobody, even her editor, seems to know who the real author is. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be Curtis Sittenfeld, who wrote t ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was like eating Hershey bar. It doesn't taste amazing but it's good enough and satisfies a craving. Posh is a fluffy YA read that feels voyeuristic rather than having a true plot. Multiple characters intertwine but each runs parallel to the others. It was great for an airplane ride!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked out this book because I thought it would be a light-hearted, witty "summer" read. While witty and well crafted, I was very wrong about it being light-hearted. Its multiple sometimes interwoven narratives deal with heavy emotional subjects (abusive relationships, mental disorders, etc.). However, I am not sure what the tone or "point" of the novel was-- are readers supposed to be empathetic to the characters or find humor in their misfortunes? Jackson never dives deep (enough) into some ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seemingly unpopular opinion here on Goodreads, but I LOVED this book! It was quirky for sure which can go one of two ways. Personally, I think the author made it work. A quick read that I never once dreaded picking up. :)
Ayah Awadallah
Taking this book off of the bookshelf, I didn't know at all what to expect. I have never heard of this book, nor anyone who read it, but I thought I'd give it a try. Sadly, I was disappointed, and by the end didn't like the book at all.
For one, while the beginning of the novel may have drawn me in, by the end, I felt that it served no real purpose or importance, and didn't understand why the author started the novel the way she did.
Secondly, since the novel was broken up chapter after chapter
Susan Becraft
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satire or truth?

I liked this book, despite its many typos and other proofreading errors. Before reading the first word, I expected snarky satire of the New York elite, but when I finished Posh, I wondered if I had misjudged the story. Yes, Posh does mock the super rich - high school (oops - private school) girls flaunting their Jimmy Choos and jeans bought at Barney's, mothers toting $9000 purses in their minks while their offspring are falling apart makes for some delicious black humor and iron
Kristie Giamei
Honesty a sweet easy read and truly shows how teenage girls would think and the pain of their parents. The story is told by each character as chapters change and each was told in a unique voice. I kinda wanted it to continue to see how they all ended up.
Jul 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes reading about where the super-rich send their kids to school.
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It's a really good fast, summer read about some of the people involved with the exclusive high school where New York's ultra rich and elite send their kids. The book is told in alternating point-of-views of the school's headmistress, "Lazy", students Morgan, Michael and Julianne, Michael's mom, and Julianne's mom.

I liked the book, because the characters were complex and I was drawn into their lives early on in the book; however, the book was too short to
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was fine, but I expected something different. The plot moved a bit too quickly for my liking, and I could have done without the Headmistress subplot. The other characters were connected through their relationships with one another, but the Headmistress ("Lazy") was really only connected to the school. Her plot had interesting moments, but I was far more interested in the other characters. Unfortunately for me, Lazy seemed to be the author's favorite, as her story closed the book.

Lindsay Heller
I liked this book much more than I thought I would given some of the reviews I read. But, I bought it from the dollar bin at Half Priced Books and figured it sort of went with my private school streak I appear to be on lately. 'Posh', a terrible title if you ask me, covers the well traversed ground of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the privileged, Ivy bound (whether they deserve it or not), students of the Griffin School. And just for a kick in the pants author Lucy Jackson has thrown in t ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh, OK. I only gave it 2 stars, yet I read it in almost one sitting on a transatlantic flight. Sort of the perfect read for a time when you can't really rest, but can't concentrate on doing much else. It wasn't wickedly funny, the way many of the books set in upscale NYC are, because some of the topics were just too serious (mental illness, sick parents, abandoned kids). The author does have an engaging style, and with a little bit more editing could be a very good writer.

I liked how the very r
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book and thought to myself, what was it even about? I feel like it focused on a bunch of characters and nothing really happened or changed with most of them except maybe Morgan and Lazy (which, what kind of name is Lazy?).
I thought it was strange how the book begins with a chapter about Elizabeth, Morgan's mother. But then the story really isn't about Morgan or her mother, it's mostly about the relationship between Michael and Julianne and Lazy and Doug/Richard. And, why does Ja
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I borrowed this from the library, thinking it would be a fluffy read for the plane. It did not quite match my expectations, exceeding them in some ways and falling short of the mark in others. The overall quality of the writing was fair to middling. The chapters are each devoted to someone connected to a prestigious private school. The treatment of the teen relationships and of the relationships between the parents of the teens was well done. The treatment of the headmistress was more uneven / l ...more
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction, nyc, 2009
decent satire of privileged new yorkers, although i feel like i didn't quite grasp what i was supposed to be getting out of it. there were clever moments of scathing humor...the mother who sews a full wardrobe for her dog but ignores her suicidal son; the headmistress afraid to punish a plagiarizing student because he's from saudi arabia and she's afraid his father is a terrorist...

but at the end i just wasn't sure what the point was.

supposedly lucy jackson is the pseudonym of a famous novelist
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally agree with reviewer Kate, who had this to say about the book:

"The jacket of this book is obviously very similar to the jacket of Prep. However, I think this similarity does this book a disservice. "Prep" focused on one character who didn't seem to develop much over the course of the book--the conceit of the novel really hinged more on the idea of a "behind-the-scenes" look at student life at an elite boarding school than anything else. "Posh" follows several characters, all of whom are
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
It took almost 3/4s of the book to go by before I became really disappointed. This was a story of 4 different characters. Each chapter was a bout a different character as their lives paralleled over a course of a school year (I think). Silly me I thought at the end their lives would all intertwine. Their lives crossed path, a common incident, but the characters didn't come together as I had come to anticipate. Once I started to suspect this I lost interested about 25 pages before the end. Sad, I ...more
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Liked the book. Early on however, I wondered if I would stick with it, as it moves in fairly short chapters between the "goings on" in the lives of 5-6 different people. Each chapter with the different characters' titles. All lives are intertwined, and I'm so glad I stuck it out. The finish was great! I think my main issue going is was it seemed somehwhat easy to put down because of the individual, short chapters. Now I think, based on the structure, it's one of those great reads when you don't ...more
This novel follows five characters, all connected in some way to Griffin, an exclusive high school of students from wealthy families. There is "Lazy" Hoffman, the headmistress who is having an affair with the English teacher despite being married to a loving husband; Michael Avery, a Griffin senior whose intelligence can't mask his mental illness; Julianne, his suffering girlfriend and a full-scholarship student at Griffin; her mother Dee, who is a writer and cab driver and nothing at all like t ...more
Dec 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: back-to-school
A posh (obviously) prep school on Manhattan's Upper East Side sets the stage for various dramas in this slim volume.

Main characters include:

Morgan, a senior whose mother just died

Julianne, Morgan's best friend and charity case

Dee, Julianne's mom who was a great novelist and now drives a cab

Kathryn "Lazy" Hoffman, headmistress and adulteress

Michael, Julianne's psychotic boyfriend

This was a quick, fun read. The characters are fairly well-developed and interesting. And the cover on this book is to
Jun 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The jacket of this book is obviously very similar to the jacket of "Prep." However, I think this similarity does this book a disservice. "Prep" focused on one character who didn't seem to develop much over the course of the book--the conceit of the novel really hinged more on the idea of a "behind-the-scenes" look at student life at an elite boarding school than anything else. "Posh" follows several characters, all of whom are 3-dimensional and interesting in their own right. It's a fast read an ...more
Ronya Misleh
Reminded me a lot--as I expected it to--of Curtis Sittenfeld. Thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, had some extra reading time on my hands and finished this in a day. Story evolved in a nice, well-paced fashion with a few almost unexpected surprises. A good--though not great, if you're intimately involved in it, I'm sure--look into the world of NYC private schools. The kids were way less annoying than those on NYC Prep, though. Good character development and relevant storylines. If you are in the ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I had a whole thing written about how I'm underwhelmed by this novel, and then I went to go find a word I wanted to use and couldn't quite remember and everything I said disappeared. Stupid internet.

So suffice it to say that I was underwhelmed when I finished this book, that I find Jackson's style of third-person narrative distancing, which I have a hard time appreciating, and that I didn't really like any of these characters, which also make it difficult for me to truly appreciate a book.
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is what I ended up with the last time I passed by the bargain table at Barnes and Noble. Addictive as your kid's left-over Halloween candy, you can polish this one off in one sitting (while you are raiding those Halloween bags)--neither the candy nor the book are particularly good, but both are mildly pleasurable. I was sort of intrigued by the fact that the author, supposedly a critically acclaimed short story writer, published this under a pseudonym.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written by an author who rips to the heart of life in the world of NYC's private high schools with a kindness not found in and a rare sensitivity to the emotional lives of her characters. The issues feel real and the dialog never hits a false note. Jackson's portrayal of the beauty of unusual friendships and the bonds between women and those who touch their lives makes this a must read for anyone who has ever had a friend, a daughter or "an inappropriate" romance.
This book is okay. I really liked it at first, but it quickly turn weird. I didn't think the ending ended the book. I think it needed more. I am not talking about leaving room for a second novel, but it's like the author said I think I'll stop and he did. I needed more closure, but then again, it's a thought provoking book and that was his intentions.
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