have you guys read prep?
i bought it when it first came out in 2005, largely due to the pink and green cover* and the fact that the dustcover made it sound like the novels i was reading at the time: coming-of-age, girl heads east, new release novel. i bought it, tore through it, and–unlike the rest of my friends–loathed it. i promptly put it on my shelf where it sat collecting dust until this past christmas.
after exams, i’m always a bit of mental blob–can hardly form full sentences, let alone read real things. so i decided to give prep a try again to see if i liked it any more than my first crack at it. answer: not even a bit. the main character, lee, is the single most irritating individual in modern literature.** she has this spectacular opportunity to get an education that is infinitely better than anything she had before, it’s free, and she apparently cannot even make an effort to make friends. she spends 400 pages bitching about how miserable she is. it was like the book version of eating burnt, plain whole wheat toast.
some people have compared this to catcher in the rye. well, sittenfeld is no salinger (i’m offended for him) and this girl is no holden caulfield. she’s so vapid; she has no goals, no joie de vivre. my philosophy in life: if you’re unhappy, change it. and this girl wastes her entire youth being miserable for no reason.
i would not suggest it. not even a bit.
have you guys read prep? did you like it? am i missing some huge part that makes it all lovely and stuff?
*don’t judge. it was my sophomore year of college at a school whose colors were pink and green. naturally, i was drawn to all items that came straight from, or looked like they might, the pages of TOPH. (not every school was called out by lisa birnbach. mine was. holla! ;))
**i love hyperbole. no apologies.