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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That doesn’t mean the book sticks with me or changed my life in any drastic wayand isn’t that what we crave from a novel? Great storytelling, tremendous character development, extremely well written and I highly recommend this book.

This is not chick-lit, despite the title and pink belted cover. Because this book has to be prpe something other than the brazenly self-indulgent lives of rich kids at rich kid camp, naturally the socially awkward currtis neurotic narrator of Prep is at this richy Massachusetts school on gasp!

This book isn’t getting five stars because I thought it was a literary masterpiece. Jun 30, Maggie rated it really liked it. Preview — Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld.

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Lee acts as an opposite-gender Holden Caulfield, the main male character in J. View all 20 comments. Sittenfeld doesn’t reduce the experiences or simplify them, the way most shows, novels, and movies about high school do. The freaky points are: I want curfis lock teenagers in a tower and tell them, NO! In a scenario that has come to be all-too-familiar to aspiring authors, several publishing companies expressed interest but then ultimately backed out — some of then even did so several times in a row, until Random House decided to bite.


Lee’s experience, and the way she relates it through her sharp, insightful, guileless first-person narration, resonates with me such in a deep way that it’s actually difficult for me to talk about it; I’m much more likely to cry than to speak eloquently about this book. But while I was in their city, it just seemed like such a mistake that I had ever sittenfeod home, such an error in judgement on all our parts. I love this book. It is a reflection of how those four years may permanently alter or change you for better or worse.

I thought it was going to be about a girl who climbs her way up the social ladder, makes lot’s of friends, generally Two stars is way to generous Yes, I know John Green ‘s characters are adorable and entertaining, but have you really ever met kids who speak the way they do?

Curtis Sittenfeld

In that regard, Curtis Sittenfeld is an excellent writer perhaps it’s a last name thing but Prep sucks. Curtix may be the hardest years for a teenager, male or female. However, this is not the case. What the original title, CIPHER, reflected was that the novel is really about Lee’s struggle to learn how to present herself to others. When Lee was endearing, the book was a must read. For the book lovers among us, we feel drawn to campus novels to get lost in the world of textbooks, messenger bags, and fictional boarding school romances.

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 sitgenfeld see the bigger picture, or fully understand that sentiment. Thanks for telling us about the problem. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Videos About This Book. Because they’re nothing cutis. PREP is about a young girl from the midwest who attends a fancy New England Prep school in I think the decade of the s — this by the lack of emailing, cell phones, phones in rooms etc. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Or even asexual or heterosexual or gay autistic people. Ultimately, though, I think Prep takes itself a little too seriously. Less positively, a review in Publishers Weekly stated, “The book meanders on its way, light on plot, but saturated with heartbreaking humor and written in clean prose. It’s frustrating to be in this girl’s head.

Apart from the boarding school element, reading her story was like revisiting my own high school years, complete with all the heartbreak, angst, and feelings of self-doubt that it entailed. Curhis protagonist Lee Fiora decides to apply to an East Coast boarding school in a fit of precociousness and derring-do at the age of Lee is endearing, shy, careful, rude, nosey, aloof, spontaneous, lazy, premeditated, mean, loving, and hormonal all wrapped into one person.

How can you decide who you want to be in such conditions? Most people seem to hate Lee because she is always a bystander and never an actor. I’m glad I did, though I suspect it’s not for everyone.