This is a stunning novel in the great tradition of American coming-of-age novels from "Catcher in the Rye" to "The Secret History".
Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts.
Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields, everyone singing hymns in chapel.
But as she soon learns, Ault is a minefield of unstated rules and incomprehensible social rituals, and Lee must work hard to find - and maintain - her place in the pecking order.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/05/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552776844
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Review by Bookoholic73
I am not sure about this one. The narrator, a 14 year old Lee from lower middle class Mid-West family, comes to an exclusive boarding school on the East coast. While she was promising scholar before coming, she is never anything but un-remarkable for the four years she is there. She desperately wants to belong, but afraid of being rejected pulls back. I liked how her relationships with Martha and Sug developed, and her observations, but was surprised at how clueless she seemed at the New York Times interview- and also, I could not really see that the charactor developed much over the four years. I can see the teenage angst and I liked when Lee talked about, a few times, how she looked upon certain things as a grown-up- but in conclusion, I would say that ironically the fact that I am not at all sure about the characters and what the author wanted to say with this book, is what makes it worthwhile and interesting.