PREP by Curtis Sentenfield (Celebrating Banned book Week and a Giveaway!)
Lee Fiora knew from a young age she wanted out. Out of her hum drum life in South Bend Indiana, out from under her parents smothering thumbs…. she dreamed of being a boarding school student but her family did not have the means or the desire to see her attend such a place. Lee knew is she wanted to make that dream come true, she would have to work for it. When Lee earns a scholarship to Ault, her family is shocked but accepts that their daughter is going away.
What Lee finds at school is mostly money kids who have always had access to money and never have known what it is like to live on a budget. These students were raised as privileged and Lee finds herself feeling insecure in her placement at Ault, while few know she is on scholarship, she fears she reeks of inadequacy.
Between hot girls and cute boys (enter the likes of super hotty Cross Sugarman), Lee stumbles along always feeling like an outsider. She works hard to earn every tiny step she makes towards feeling good about herself and if making slow but steady progress when she makes a major lack of good judgement and destroys all that she has worked so hard to earn.
Prep, is Lee’s story. She narrates this as being 24 years old looking back at her days in Ault, reliving each feeling and what, now in hind site, she could have done differently.
Why did I want to read PREP? I actually started reading PREP over a year ago. At no fault of the book, life became busy, I sat it down and just did not get the time to finish it. This year, I found the audio version at a sale and could nor resist giving it another go. I was pleasantly surprised to find out this book was also a Banned Book, so it fit right into my Banned book Week planning.
PREP is Lee’s story. Narrated by Julie Dretzin this 17 hour+ audio can feel long at times, and yet author Curtis Sittenfield keeps it engaging. As Lee retells her prep school adventures you can feel for her… trying to find a good roommate, avoiding the girls that others pick on so she can up her status, meeting the guy, thinking about the guy, dreaming of the guy… and then getting the guy…
It’s hard to review this book because it really is day-to-day life at Ault and while as I mentioned above, there are periods in Lee’s retelling that seem to be drawn out… in reality, life is not one big moment after another… but times of small moments… with occasional big ones. All in all, while PREP wasn’t over the top engaging, it did hold my interest and I am glad I had this opportunity to listen to it.
In 2008 and in 2009 Pulled from the accelerated reading program in the Heritage Oak School in Yorba Linda (CA). A parent complained that the book was “pornographic.”
My thoughts: PREP has a few sex scenes, but they are not anything detailed and I have read much more detailed scenes in books that are not banned.
For this giveaway – A $10 Amazon gift card will be given away at the end of Banned Book Week. To enter, let me know in a comment what book on the banned book list really surprises you. Click here for a list of these books.