Fiction Recommendations

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

I don’t know about you, but when I read that a book is about a coming-of-age story, I tend to back away from the shelf. It’s worn territory. How could anyone do anything new with it? Just leave it to author Curtis Sittenfeld to prove what an unimaginative idiot I can be. Her debut novel, Prep, is smart, sharp, at times disturbing, and at others, hilarious.

Prep tells the story of young Lee Fiora, who leaves her disappointingly average family in Indiana for the greener pastures of the prestigious Ault boarding school in Massachusetts. But upon her arrival she realizes Ault is not exactly as the school brochure portrayed. Behind its chic northeastern exterior, there is a fierce social hierarchy that threatens to eat Lee up.

Prep examines class, gender, and all the pleasures and agonies of being young. Sittenfeld is unflinchingly honest and I devoured this book, cringing and laughing happily along.

 

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