I have always been a sucker for boarding school books, so Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld is right up my alley. The story is told by Lee, a intelligent if unremarkable girl from Indiana, who by virtue of good grades and uncommon persistence, achieves a scholarship to a prestigious Massachusetts school.

Upon arrival, she is thrust into a world of privilege and decadence, where the typical problems of high school (status, grades, image) are exacerbated by the extremes of wealth and the lack of supervision.

In many ways this is a very typical coming-of-age/boarding school story (I should know, I’ve read a lot of them!), what sets it apart is the candid, down-to-earth voice of Lee, a sharp kid suddenly thrust to the fringes of what amounts to a foreign society. Check it out!