Her first novel, Prep, which took her three years to write, was published in and concerns a girl, Lee Fiora, from South Bend, Indiana. Prep A Novel Written by Curtis Sittenfeld Prep Category: Fiction – Literary; Fiction – Coming Of Age; Fiction – Sagas Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks. PREP By Curtis Sittenfeld. pp. Random House. $ Seemingly bathed in a golden light of good fortune, the wealthy keep pieds-à- terre.

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Sitfenfeld one Asian character is, of course, a straight-A student math whiz and the two Black characters are, you guessed it, a thief and the star basketball player. At 13 she decides to apply to East Coast Prep schools and winds up spending an angst-ridden four years at Ault School just outside of Boston, Mass. It’s whole because it may not feel like your life, but it feels like someone’s, and that siittenfeld is intermittently hilarious and almost always incisive.

Sittenfeld is clearly drawing on two sources: But then I want to defend it precisely because it seems so “real.

As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. In addition to that, all of the characters are one dimensional, never developed and totally stereotypical, especially the ethnic characters.

This book isn’t getting five stars because I thought it was a literary masterpiece.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Don’t buy into it; there’s nothing extraordinary about this book. Which is why I think curtiw might be beside the point–if you like Lee, if you don’t like Lee; if you recognize your school in hers or you don’t–it’s still a visceral and whole sittenteld of something, and it feels whole because it isn’t a neat linear trajectory from insecure to secure, insular to worldly, and no-boyfriend to perfect-boyfriend.


I thought the writing was good, and I found myself really relating to the protagonist as I used to have many of the same tendencies not really involving myself in things and instead just hanging out on the fringes of life. I cudtis decide how I felt about this book. So there is why I find the book brilliant.

Prep – Curtis Sittenfeld

She also has an illegal abortion and discovers that her grandmother is a secret lesbian. Unfortunately, the protagonist has a few glimpses into the world of the wealthy, and some moments of clarity where she realizes that riches or popularity don’t necessarily lead to happiness, but she still neglects to see the bigger picture, or fully understand that sentiment.

Scholarship girl Lee does not fit it at all: Oh and she also worships a total dick Not even good supporting characters. Prep di Curtis Sittenfeld 1 8 Nov 09, At Ault, caring about everything was draining, but it was also exhilarating.

Albans made their way onto the page. Its hard to read when its so raw you know what you are reading is true but you want to look away because well most people probably remember all too well the awkward years. I really want to dip her in a pool of feminism orep self respect.

Curtis Sittenfeld

You are NOT ready for the larger world at all even if you think you are. I’m not even sittenfled and I’m old enough to be your mother if I had you curtiz, very young. Instead the book is horribly lopsided, Sittenfeld spends three hundred pages having the protagonist shuffle around feeling awkward and passing judgment on everything she sees followed by a hundred pages of high school events where Lee learns nothing. You’d be better served reading an unhappy teenager’s blog.

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Or did she like my sweater because she was being mean and maybe something is wrong with it? I always wanted to go to boarding school. She set out to make Prep a commentary on sittendeld bigger and achieved it with flying colors. Assumedly, the book was supposed to be a coming-of-age novel wherein the fish-out-of-water protagonist Lee Fiora, learns to exceed the repressive bounds of prep school and get over her personal issues. I kept reading, hoping for the moment when the narrator would sottenfeld complaining, stop blaming everyone else for her misery, but the moment never came.


I’m basing my praise on the very thing I’m saying shouldn’t matter. Will Lee pull up her math grade enough to graduate? Kissing and Kissing p. It made no sense for such an emotionally sensitive and insightful character and really, she was — she had a lot of potential to have no interests whatsoever sittenfelv her own popularity also thwarted by her utter lack of social skills.

Prep 1 30 May 05, Sittenfeld tended to write extremely long sentences full of sittenfelf splices.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

You want him as more than just someone sittejfeld have sex with and you should have told him this Lee, you pesky young woman! I only finished the book because I promised my roommate I would. In the end, I can appreciate what attracted people to this book, making it a surprise success. While this book was an extremely quick read, therefore proving that it wasn’t so painful that you put it down completely, the main character remained fairly unchanged in her views, and even in retrospect, lacked the ability to see that by judging those around her, she had pigeon-holed herself.