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The bitter sweet pain of a first crush...,
This review is from: Prep (Paperback)
Prep was recommended to me by a friend many months before I actually found the time to read it and I have to say im so glad to have read it. As a huge fan of the adolescent/ school genre, I am wary of novels that are compared to the genres cult classics like Catcher in the Rye and The Secret History, however, Prep does not disappoint on this front. Rather than trying to copy the format of other similar works of fiction, Prep stands alone and has a strongly unique point of view.
The book jacket compares it to The O.C and Sweet Valley High, but thankfully Prep has not fallen into the trap that others in this genre have. By this i mean, Prep does not conform to the typical 'tourtured central protaginist/ ousider does not fit in' then 'outsider unwittingly wins over the attention of the popular kids' story line. Yes Lee Fiora does win friends at Ault School, but she leaves an outsider, just as she entered and her outlook remains dark and uncomprimisingly honest.
Having said that, i found Lee to be a fantastic character, likeable due to her odd behaviour and starkness. The relationship that sparks between herself and Cross Sugarman (prefect and allround popular/ loved jock of Ault School) had me gripped, I literally had to tear my eyes away from the page or many a bus journey would have ended with me lost and late for work!
This book was not challenging and literary in the way that Catcher/ Secret History may be, however, it was a great read and a lot deeper and darker than the jacket and title may lead you to believe. The narrative perspective was really interesting and the fact that Lee is re-telling her time at Ault School from a point some years later does not cloud or spoil the rawness of the school experience described. The passion and desperation of a first high school crush is described perfectly, the emotion is totally raw and not at all spoilt by the fact that this novel is a re-telling of earlier events. Its almost as if the experience were still happening, or being relived all over again.
Having just graduated from uni and come to the end of my education, Prep made me feel very nostalgic and almost sad. Without a doubt this is a novel that far exceeded my expectations and one I will definitley be recommending to more people.