Synopses & Reviews
Nick and his friends have every advantage: expensive clothes, beautiful homes in Manhattan, peerless private-school educations. However, beneath the picture-perfect veneer lies a violent subculture that is gritty and dangerous, with binge drinking, heavy drug use, casual sex, vandalism, and gangs. Nick is in love with his best friend, Kris, and imagines a future with her outside the violence of their circle. When Kris's younger brother becomes a gang target, Nick is compelled to navigate the complex politics of the prep world, come to terms with his past gang experience, and put his own life at risk. Brutally realistic, Prep is a powerful, gripping exposé of America's most affluent youth.
This riveting novel about the shocking world of urban prep-school gangs is a powerful, brutally realistic expos of America's most affluent youth.
Nick and his friends have everything: expensive clothes, beautiful apartments, rich friends. The island of Manhattan is at their feet. But underneath this picture-perfect world of private schools and private parties lies a gang world filled with drinking, drugs, casual sex, and graffiti. And Nick wants out. He's had enough of the life, and he's in love with his best friend, Kris, even though she's oblivious to his feelings. When Kris's younger brother becomes a gang target, Nick thinks he can help, even if it means putting his own life at risk.
About the Author
Prep is Jake Coburn's first novel, which he wrote at the young age of twenty-four. Mr. Coburn grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side and attended several different prep schools. There he witnessed some of New York City's most privileged teens form vicious street gangs. He now is a full-time writer.