Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

After reading and feeling indifferent about Sisterland, I was prompted by many book lovers to check out Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep.

Sooooo glad I did!  I found a copy of Prep at a book warehouse and sped through the novel.

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Prep is the story of Lee, a midwestern girl who decides that for high school, instead of going to the local school, she wanted to go to a prestigious boarding school.  Once she gets to Ault, she knows that her world will change and just be amazing.

But Lee is a shy teenager, painfully shy and self conscious, so things don’t exactly go as planned.  I mean, she IS a scholarship girl mixed in with the wealthy.

Prep takes you on an inside look into both Lee’s world as a teenager and her fictional experience going to a boarding school.

And I just loved it.  Sometimes I wanted to just shake Lee and yell at her, but she was just so likeable, and so much a typical teen.

Did you ever think that boarding school would be a fun experience?

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20 thoughts on “Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

  1. Like the anti-Malory Towers/Harry Potter/every other series that makes you immediately wish you went to boarding school… I’ve had this one for YEARS after I found it in a remainder bookstore in York during my first year at university. That means I’ve potentially had it on my shelves for… eight years?! How time flies! *blushes slightly*

    I’m really looking forward to it though, and since we’re moving house this week I’m hoping to attack my books with renewed optimism as I comb through the boxes in my new room. Maybe this year will finally be its year! 🙂

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    • You should, Ellie, because it’s one you can read pretty quickly, and it’s really light. It’s a great “I’m moving so I don’t have lots of time or want to read something intense” type of book!!!

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  2. I’ve seen this book so many places and never really realized what it was about, lol.

    I would’ve TOTALLY loved a boarding school. I think I would’ve excelled. Or I would’ve been the school bad-girl and totally made a mess of it. Either or 🙂

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    • I’ve seen it everywhere, too. Once I read Sisterland (and thought it was blah) a few bloggers told me not to give up on Curtis Sittenfeld (who is a GIRL! Curtis, a girl???) and to check out Prep. I’m glad I did.

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    • I’d probably also not like boarding school, because I didn’t grow up super rich. But who knows? Because it doesn’t look like all the HP people are all super rich and they loved it. Prep, though, they’re mainly super rich.

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  3. I’ve been meaning to get to this one ever since I read Sisterland.

    When I was a kid I thought it would be terribly romantic to go to a boarding school 😉 Now that I’m a parent I think my kids should go to one, ha ha. 😉

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    • Hahaha! Yeah right! You homeschool!!!! Step 1 to getting your kids to boarding school: stop homeschooling 😛

      Prep is worth reading, and you can definitely find it at the library since it’s not a new book or anything. It’s a good one for in between super serious books.

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  4. I liked this one a lot. And Lee I both liked and thought silly (she could have done with some advice). Boarding schools always sounded fun thanks to the books on my mum’s shelves, but in reality I’m glad I went to a ‘normal’ school.

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  5. Oh no, I’ve never thought about a boarding school as funny! Unless you go to Hogwarts, of course.
    My father went to a boarding school, but it seems like a thing of the remote past! I can’t understand why a teenager nowadays wants to go there.

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