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Prep (2005) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel.

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. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of — and, ultimately, a participant in — their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered.

Ultimately, Lee’s experiences — complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.

Original title: Prep
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultSchool
FictionChildren & Young AdultSocial Issues

Edition #1: Prep

Prep (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Prep may be as addictive as M&Ms, but it's also a tart and complex tale of social class, race, and gender politics." The Boston Globe
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Manifested in:

Prep (January 11, 2005)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1400062314
Dimensions: 6.44 x 9.52 x 1.24
Pages: 406

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