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Penguin, Mar 17, 2005 - Young Adult Fiction - 192 pages
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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.

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User Review  - DeirdreHarris - LibraryThing

Prep is a unique look into the disturbing subculture of wealthy Manhattan prep school gangs. These gangs are explored through the eyes of Nick, a former graffiti artist, who quit after witnessing too ... Read full review

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User Review  - meitel1551 - LibraryThing

This is a very good book which describes what really goes on with NYC prep school kids. It goes on to follow the journey of one boy who wants to get out of the vicious cycle of weekend parties with drugs and alcohol. It is a very good story. Read full review



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About the author (2005)

Jake Coburn was born in New York City in 1978. He grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and attended several different prep schools. In 2000, he graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a degree in Modern Culture and Media.

Jake’s first novel, Prep (Dutton, 2003), is based on his teenage years, where he witnessed New York’s privileged offspring form some of the city’s most vicious street gangs. Prep was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a Junior Library Guild selection.

Jake is also the author of LoveSick and lives in Los Angeles, California.