Sunday, February 21, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a post where I tell you the books that I received this week either by buying them from the bookstore, going to the library or from my mailbox. In My Mailbox was created by Alea and turned into a meme by Kristi.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
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 adolescenceuniversal to us all.

-Amanda

7 comments:

Becky said...

This sounds a little strange to me but I really hope you enjoy it. Happy reading.

Bianca said...

I know a lot of people have mixed reviews on Prep, but Prep is actually one of my favorite books! I absolutely loved it.

Ashley said...

This is a very interesting book. I look forward to hearing what you think about it.

Lori said...

Enjoy your book. Here's Mine.

geekyreads said...

I read this one a few years ago, but I can't remember anything about it! I guess that means it wasn't amazing or terribly bad - I would have remembered those two extremes. I hope you like it.

Hope. said...

I can't wait to see what you think about this book... because, personally, I hated it haha.

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

This one sounds like it'll be an interesting read!! Enjoy!!

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