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Prep

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A stunning novel in the great tradition of American coming-of-age novels from Catcher in the Rye to The Secret History. Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields, everyone singing hymns in chapel. But as she soon learns, Ault is a minefield of unstated rules and incomprehensible social rituals, and Lee must work hard to find - and maintain - her place in the pecking order.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 40mm | 322.05g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055277684X
  • 9780552776844
  • 29,467

About Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller American Wife. Her first novel, Prep, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel was The Man of My Dreams . She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.show more

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"The OC meets Donna Tartt's The Secret History with flashes of Clueless... Sittenfeld's strength is in making the experience feel universal...Everyone will wince with recognition at the horror of being a teenager. It's great to relive it all, now that it is happening to someone else." * Observer * "Straightforward, serious, funny...There is so much that is right about this book. Sittenfeld captures the hothouse atmosphere of boarding-school, the way you see even people you don't like in their underwear...Mostly, however, it's Lee's voice that makes all this worthwhile." * London Review of Books * "Curtis Sittenfeld shares with Salinger a knack of capturing, in effortless prose, a teenager mindset...It feels important...Most vitally of all, it feels like adolescence." * The Times * "You don't have to have attended an elite Massachusetts boarding school to find yourself reliving your adolescence in Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep...Even the Cross Sugarmans (major crush) and Aspeth Montgomerys (long legs, super popular) of this world will cringe with recognition at the book's fine-knit accuracy and detail." * Vogue * "Sweet Valley High as written by George Eliot. Sittenfeld is a pin-sharp observer, and in Prep she needles away at class, race and character...Prep will appeal to any age...A highly accomplished novel." * Independent on Sunday *show more

Back cover copy

Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields, everyone singing hymns in chapel. But as she soon learns, Ault is a minefield of unstated rules and incomprehensible social rituals, and Lee must work hard to find - and maintain - her place in the pecking order.show more

Review Text

"You don't have to have attended an elite Massachusetts boarding school to find yourself reliving your adolescence in Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep...Even the Cross Sugarmans (major crush) and Aspeth Montgomerys (long legs, super popular) of this world will cringe with recognition at the book's fine-knit accuracy and detail."show more

Rating details

52,190 ratings
3.35 out of 5 stars
5 16% (8,125)
4 31% (16,050)
3 33% (17,260)
2 15% (7,704)
1 6% (3,051)

Our customer reviews

'Prep' paints a portrait of teenager Lee Fiora through different episodes that she encounters whilst trying to find her place amongst the social echelons of 'Ault', an American public school in Massachusetts far from her home and family in Indiana. She desperately wants to belong and fit in, but is also witness to many things that are at odds with who she believes herself to be. This could be fairly standard stuff but Sittenfield writes so naturally, never trying to cajole the reader into feeling sympathy but instead lets the reader stand on the sidelines observing and reaching their own 'take' on the various events that unravel in Lee's life. Sittenfield's novels strike a clear American chord, never vying for any type of 'international' appeal but her prose and thoughtful emotional development in her characters draws you into her world and leaves you thinking out loud in American phrases and counselling battered ideals, even if somewhat fleetingly. 'Prep' reminds us that sometimes we set out to achieve goals without really knowing what we are actually hoping to gain. It provides that tinge of bittersweet nostalgia that so often occurs when we recall the confused, aching days of our teenage adolescence.show more
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