I’ve just finished Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. This was recommended on another blog I read (The Spike) and I liked it more than I had expected to. It’s had some very mixed reviews, mainly because quite a few people seemed to have intensely disliked the main character.
I thought the title was rather curious. A Prep school (in the UK) means a school that goes from age seven to 13. This used to only be for boys but now includes girls (although a girls’ prep school will typically finish at 11). The idea is that it prepares you for public school (in the UK this means a private secondary school). Perhaps Americans refer to prep schools as being preparation for college.*
One thing I did like about the book is its references to class – this is interesting to me because I tend to think of the US as being fairly classless, or at least a place where your background isn’t terribly important. The main character didn’t think that this was the case but perhaps she was biased.
* Sorry to all UK readers who already know what a prep school is.