Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is a beautiful coming-of-age story full of heartbreak and humor. She captures adolescent angst perfectly. There was something about this book that just stuck with me long after I read it. The story follows Lee Fiora, an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old who has just begun at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated and loving family behind to head into a glossy prep school thanks to a scholarship. As Lee soon learns, Ault is a sheltered world of jaded, gorgeous teenagers who summer in Nantucket and speak in their own clever language. Though intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee eventually earns herself a place at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered. Pair that with a complicated love interest and frustration with her parents, and you’ve got yourself a universal teenage angst story you’ll find completely consuming.
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