Thursday, August 26, 2010

Prep

I'm sorry, but I found the premise of Prep to be completely unrealistic. Apparently, Jake Coburn wrote the novel based on his time studying at different prep schools, "where he witnessed New York's privileged offspring form some of the city's most vicious street gangs".

I definitely buy that these kids have unlimited access to alcohol, drugs, and sex, which are all rampant in the novel. I also believe that some of them probably have anger issues, like anyone else. What I find dubious is that these prep schoolers are the true thugs of New York. I think all of the risky activities in Prep are all posturing and if any of these kids came across anyone truly dangerous, they would be in their chauffered cars immediately. So, I read this novel with a skeptical smirk on my face.

This weekend in the life of Nick, prep student and former thug, was not very interesting because it is profoundly boring to watch shallow, overprivileged people take taxis from party to party. I like to finish every book I start and this was a very short novel, but still I feel like I wasted my time.

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