What are the best novels set in prep schools?

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    #1A Separate Peace

    A Separate Peace
    A Separate Peace is a classic coming-of-age-novel by American author John Knowles. Originally published in 1959, it tells the story of the friendship between Gene and Phineas, two boys in a boarding school during World War II.

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    Edward Cole
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A classic American tale, but getting to show its age. The backdrop of a 1950's boarding school probably won't resonate with most readers in today's world. Still, it is a wonderfully written, poignant tale of two boys growing up together and facing life's challenges."
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    #2The Secret History

    The Secret History

    The Secret History is a standalone mystery fiction novel written by Donna Tartt which centers on Richard Papen joinining an exclusive group of students living in the secret world of drugs, alcohol, and violence. 


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    Billy Mendez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "There's a good reason that this book won a Pulitzer prize. The characters are super compelling, and the plot is kind of like Breakfast Club except with more action and intrigue. "
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    #3The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Diana Su
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a coming of age story that most high schools are forced to read. I had to read it myself nearly 20 years ago and like it. I revisited this book a few years ago and found that although it was written in the 50s, a lot of it still rings true today. The story's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is a boy a lot of us can actually relate to deep down inside."
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    Prep us a young adult coming-of-age novel by Curtis Sittenfeld, first published in 2005 by Random House. It tells the story of Lee Fiora, an intelligent teenager, and her experiences in the elite Ault School in Massachusetts.


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    Frances Soto
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was looking for a new book to read and picked up this book by Curtis Sittenfeld. It is set in a prep school and the title is "Prep." Was a good read and I would recommend"
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    #5Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, (The Perennial Classics) is a Classics Historical , Cultural and Fiction Novel written by Muriel Spark. It was published February 3, 1999 by HarpPerenM.


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    Kathy Woods
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a really cool book because it gives you the perspective of the teacher instead of the students. You will walk away from this book with a new appreciation for teachers. "
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    #6The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike is a philosophical novel by John Zelazny. It tells the story of Mike, who embarks on a journey to prove that Earth really is s sphere. It is a spoof of Goethe's work, The Sorrows of Young Werther.


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    Edward Larson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Sorrows of Young Mike is full of philosophy and tells about Mike's journey, spoofing the work of the great philosopher Goethe. An interesting read for those looking for prep school books."
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    #7Skippy Dies

    Skippy Dies is a young adult novel written by Paul Murray, first published in 2010 by Hamish Hamilton. Set in Ireland, it tells the story of Skippy, a fourteen-year-old student who dies in a doughnut shop.


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    Guillermo Mata
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Skippy Dies is one of the best novels set in prep schools. It really captures the scenes of the school and makes it feel real."
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    #8Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Daniel Fox
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) is a great novel set in a prep school and an absolute classic of the science fiction genre. The story and characters are well thought out and the situations are thought-provoking."
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    #9Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 

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    Evelyn Mendoza
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A book that will give you a sense of wonder and amazement, even though it is set in Alabama at a school. It lets your mind wander with the thoughts of how life could have been if you were at a school with just your friends and not going home to your parents every night. A very good read and a great plot."
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    #10The Silver Swan (The Elite King's Club)

    The Silver Swan (The Elite King's Club)

    The Silver Swan is a new adult romance novel written by Amo Jones, first published in 2017. It is the first book in The Elite King's Club series, and it tells the story of Madison Montgomery and her new life in Riverside Preparatory Academy.


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    Vincent Perkins
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book. The only small downfall is how predictable most of the storyline was. Other than that, it painted a nice romantic picture and I think Ill give the next books in the series a try as well. "


Best What are the best novels set in prep schools
1A Separate PeaceBooks 35 Paid
2The Secret HistoryBooks 31 Paid
3The Catcher in the RyeBooks 30 Paid
4PrepBooks 28 Paid
5Prime of Miss Jean BrodieBooks 25 Paid
6The Sorrows of Young MikeBooks 24 Paid
7Skippy DiesBooks 21 Paid
8Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 19 Paid
9Looking for AlaskaBooks 18 Paid
10The Silver Swan (The Elite King's Club)Books 0 Paid

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