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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Curtis Sittenfeld Narrator: Julie Dretzin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America's social structure.

Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee's private thoughts become public information.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/20/2014

    " It had a weak ending but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/19/2014

    " I'm so glad I read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/3/2014

    " My memory of this book is a strong feeling of discomfort... but at least it left an impression, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 2/2/2014

    " This is a book that I enjoyed when I originally read it, but was also a story that stayed with me. Years after last closing their covers, many books I've liked have gone somewhere into the lagoon of forgotten stories. This is not one of them. I remember details and themes from throughout the book.Perhaps it's in the same vein as how I remember high school and college. This book brings to life memories of adolescence and navigating new environments and social circles. The protagonist accomplishes her goal of going to prep school only to find living the reality of attending a private school challenging. I love the curve of the story, how she judges and misjudges people. It communicates the doubts and total certainties of adolescence as well as the wisdom of looking back at her school years through older eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ms. | 2/2/2014

    " Prep certainly captured a hyper-self aware but low self esteemed world. Every passing glance, possible place to sit, and spoken word is judged by whether or not others would deem it worthy. All too true, but I didn't come to really care about anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanrong | 2/2/2014

    " I only picked up this book at the library 'coz I remember JL's review of it and how much she'd enjoyed it. It was a good easy read, with a strong narrative voice about a phase of life which most of us would identify with - coming to terms with ourselves and who we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanee Chung | 1/10/2014

    " A very articulate description of how a teenage girl might feel, reason or behave in each situation as the story unfolds itself - shamelessly realistic and vivid that it made be blush in embarrassement or frown in frustration for the protagonist! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chantel | 12/16/2013

    " I can't remember as much about this book because it was so long ago, but I do remember not particularly enjoying it and almost quitting on it before the end a couple times because I was so disinterested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/15/2013

    " Two words: cheese or fish. One of two books I have hidden from my daughters. Read in 2006 or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine Lee | 10/19/2013

    " captures all the emotions, stress, struggles, and of course stupidity of adolescence and high school so accurately. very well written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Politis | 10/10/2013

    " By far the best thing I have read in ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shannon | 10/5/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book when I read it during my late high school years...it struck a chord with me and cut me to the core with the emotions and narrations of the main character. I just got her, and I thought the story was, most of the time, heartbreaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Crowell | 9/18/2013

    " Reminds me of certain prep schools I know... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 4/16/2013

    " I tried liking this book. I just don't think Mr. Sittenfeld captured the right voice for a teenage girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/3/2013

    " I'd probably give it three and a half stars, but closer to three than four (three and a quarter?). The writing was pretty solid, but yikes, the protagonist was such a wet blanket that it made me wish the story was being told by someone else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jobiska (Cindy) | 2/22/2013

    " Not thrilled...couldn't connect with main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynanne | 9/12/2012

    " I liked this book. I could relate to Lee's painful self-awareness in high school. And prep school wasn't even in the realm of possibility for me so I found the setting interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickyfagan | 7/19/2012

    " I really like Curtis Sittenfield's characterisation. Brought back memories of teenage angst which was intensified by her portrayal of an east coast American boarding school. A captivating and atmospheric read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Magenta | 1/12/2012

    " I read a third of this book and had to put it aside. I was bored being inside this girl's head. I found her extreme neurosis tiring and not engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Snyder | 10/4/2011

    " My favorite kind of novel! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camille | 10/3/2011

    " I found the book to be uninteresting. I did not finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 7/16/2011

    " There seem to have been a lot of people who really hated this book, but I loved it. Sure nothing actually happens but she captures the teenage mindset brilliantly and I spent the book cringing at my own teenage memories of humiliations, insecurities, boy troubles and faux pas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamsin | 6/23/2011

    " I had to read this for an online class. It started off great but was over long, and some of the bits in the middle were down right dull. If you want to learn about character creation and narrative voice, it's not a bad place to start however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brita | 6/21/2011

    " This book really hit home with me as it is about a midwest girl going away to eastern boarding school. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monique | 6/17/2011

    " Bloody awful. This book could've been so much more than it was, but the constant whining of the main character made me want to reach through the pages and smack the crap out of her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 6/9/2011

    " Curtis's writing style is interesting and it immediately drew me in. The book had me laughing and struggling to keep tears from my eyes. Definitely read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 6/3/2011

    "
    I read this book during a time in my life that created a perfect storm for me. After I read it, I immediately went back and reread it.
    "

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About the Author
Author Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of The Man of My Dreams and Prep, which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Allure, Glamour, and on public radio’s This American Life. Her books are being translated into twenty-five languages.

About the Narrator

Julie Dretzin is an actress, who has appeared in Breaking Bad and several motion pictures, including the film adaptation of Alex Flinn’s Beastly.