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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776837
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels Prep and The Man of My Dreams. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tamara L on 28 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Unlike most of the other reviewers I loved the character of Hannah. She is socially awkward, prickly, obsessive, grudge-bearing, sometimes petulant, and comes across as slightly Aspergers the way she misreads so many situations and other people's motives.

I think criticising the novel because of Hannah's faults misses the point. Sittenfeld has knowingly created a realistic, flawed character, not a cardboard cut-out heroine. She grows and changes throughout the novel, learns to be more self-aware, but is still recognisably the same person. The plot is slightly episodic rather than a tidy linear narrative with all the loose ends tied up- but Sittenfield manages to gets away with it, offering up a slice of life rather than a strongly plotted novel. Ok, I'm biased. Read it as a promise of what's to come in terms of the writer's outstanding talent. What Hannah has in common with Lee from Prep is her angst and uncertainty and her feelings of being an outsider and uncomfortable in her own skin. I think Sittenfeld captures those emotions and that interior voice really well. She conveys with great honesty how painful and difficult the transition to adulthood can be.

It's not as fresh as Prep or as considered as American Wife, I'm guessing Sittenfeld is probably dissatisfied with it herself now she has reached maturity as a novelist, but it's still very good indeed: well-written and engaging. I would read anything by Curtis Sittenfeld and would definitely recommend her, though I suspect she is more appealing to women (mind you, that seems to be the case with most women writers!)If you haven't come across her, start with Prep and then American Wife. After that you may forgive her anything.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was mad about Curtis Sittenfeld's first novel, "Prep" and gave it to several friends who all raved about it, so I rushed to buy her second novel. This is an easy read and she certainly writes well, describing very believable characters. I did find the main character, Hannah, rather too similar to the character of Lee in "Prep", and I will be interested to see whether more variation can be shown with her next novel. The story spans 14 years from when Hannah is 14 and shows her growing up and the difficulties she encounters with the opposite sex. Although it was an absorbing and light read, good for passing a long journey for example, I found it disturbingly depressing. Hannah has social problems with men in general, her peers and her family, and is not very likable so by the end of the book I felt pretty unsympathetic and wished she'd just pull herself together. It reminded me of an adage a friend of mine coined which was "just because someone is shy doesn't mean they're nice!" I'm sure people like Hannah do exist, I'm just not sure I want to read an entire book about them failing to seize the day and I ended up feeling slightly down heartened and drained as if an acquaintance I didn't like very much had spent hours describing their self inflicted problems to me! But there's no doubt this author really can write and I look forward to seeing what she does next.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HungryLass on 16 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
We are three thirty-something sisters from Scotland and we have all read the book in the last week! We were major fans of her first book (Prep) and couldn't wait to read the next one.

We found it extremely readable and well-written. The characters ring true - from the sensible big sister to the outrageously wild cousin - and the action is fast-paced. You may have slightly less sympathy this time round with our heroine - she is a rather self-absorbed preppie rich kid offered lots of opportunities (including various fit men) and doesn't always seize them. However her plight is always deeply sympathetic and we'll definitely be looking out for book number 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F on 28 July 2013
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Very realistic portrayal of the effect of an emotionally abusive atmosphere on a girl growing up. I love Sittenfeld's style of writing, easy, neat but insightful and profound. If anything is wrong with this book, it's the title which makes it sound like a ditsy empty read. All in all, I highly recommend this book.
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By caro on 24 Mar 2014
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Without the broader context of An American Wife, which I really enjoyed. This book felt claustrophobic and stifling - and I had no time for or patience with the passive heroine.
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By MaryP on 31 Aug 2013
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Not as good as The American Wife - this book deals with the same adolescent angst as Prep which is much better
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For some reason I pretty much couldn't put this down, it was so compelling despite the fact that there is very little gripping drama etc. But it was funny and sad and relatable and I kind of want everyone I know to read it.
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By Helen Costello on 30 Jun 2013
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I completely loved American Wife & Prep but found this book a disappointment. I just couldn't grow to care enough about Hannah, she didn't have much about her.
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