I finished Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld yesterday. I started it the day before, randomly opening it up even though I hadn't finished Right Ho, Jeeves, and then I couldn't put it down. I was up until one a.m. reading, despite having to work early the next morning, and after work I read for another two-and-a-half hours until I was finished.
Oh my GOD, it was SO GOOD.
I think Sittenfeld gets exactly what it is like to be a teenage girl. That's not to say I was just like Lee, the protagonist. The book follows all four years she spends at a New England boarding school, something I certainly haven't experienced. But the dialogue and the worries about conforming and the stress and crushes - all of it felt just right. Just like a teenager. Perfect.
Should you read it? If you only like action, or mystery, or sci-fi, or non-fiction, then no. Otherwise yes, for sure.
A note: The author's full name is Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld. Was the choice to go by her male-sounding middle name made to help her career? Are men's novels taken more seriously? Well, yeah, generally. I knew she was a woman, and that, combined with the white cover with a pink and green belt on it, made me assume it was chick lit. So maybe there's something to that. There's a lot to analyze there, but I'll leave it at "ugh."