by Lucy Jackson
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POSH by Lucy Jackson

Inside Manhattan's private school world of fast-paced over-the-top entitlement and superficial gloss lurk many secrets—the secrets of emotionally charged teenage and adult lives. In this eloquent novel set during one class's senior year at the Griffin School, among the queen bees and the wannabes, Michael Avery and Julianne Coopersmith begin a relationship. Their backgrounds are so different—he's beyond privileged and rich, her mother is a writer who drives a cab—but it's the rich boy who ends up being the needy one, with an emotional hole they both believe only Julianne can fill. Their parents are not immune from internal torture either—Michael's mother finds it easier to love her Chinese Crested Hairless than her own child, and Julianne's mother's protective instincts have unexpected consequences.

Fast-paced, gently satirical, yet deeply felt, Posh is a poignant and knowing novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312377984
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 802,677
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Lucy Jackson is the pseudonym for an acclaimed short story writer and novelist. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and many other magazines and anthologies. She lives in New York.

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POSH 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is normal chick-lit quality, with terrible racial stereotypes sprinkled throughout. Did the only minority character in the entire book have to be a brown oil heir who mugs the students and whom the principal suspects might blow up the building and probably had something to do with the 9-11 terrorist attacks? Really? Of all of the negative stereotypes possible, this has to be the most damaging. It's SO obvious that the hype surrounding this book has more to do with the mystery of the author and less to do with the actual quality of the content.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disagree with some of the other reviews here--I liked this book. It was pure fluff, but as a private school teacher myself, I highly doubt the author intended the readers to take the characterization seriously. That said, it was entertaining and a nice way to spend a few unexpected free hours. I have known many students and parents just like the ones created in "Posh," so although stereotypical, there was still more truth than fallacy here. If you enjoyed "Prep," "The New Girls," and "Schooled," you will also like "Posh."
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booksandtea More than 1 year ago
I don't know who this author is but she should start making more books. This is a great read 5 stars.
RBandes More than 1 year ago
In POSH, Lucy Jackson takes us into unexpected emotional territory page after page - and makes us care about the privileged. The characters and relationships are deftly and knowingly drawn, resulting in a book that is amusing, disturbing and deeply moving."
prettybrowneyes More than 1 year ago
The whole story kept my full attention! I imagined Posh as some sort of true story. It's sad to say that some prestigoius private schools/universities are not always what they seem. As in to say, people view prep schools as being guaranteed easy access to the top universities in the nation. When, honestly, not all students can get into Hrvard, Yale, or Princeton. Also, the relationship bewteen Julianne and Michael was speechless, in a way. There are alot of people with mental disorders, that needs to take their medication as frequently as possible. My favorite character in the story was Dee. I didn;t like the fact that she allows her daughter to talk to her however she wants, but other than that, she has always had that close mother-daughter relationship with Juloianne ( not as "best friends"). Dee was also a real woman that was going through stuff most divorcees go through. The other thing I liked about Dee is that she's done a great jobinsuring that her daughter was secured and protected at all times. Sadly, there some parents today do not show the type of love and affection their children will need.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was a quick easy read with each chapter taken from a character's point of view. Vrey true scenarios, sad sometimes, but overall very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Darling only child , a daughter has dated a Michael' just like the one from this book for 6 years now. I have often thought this might end badly for either or both , but they both have grown up alot now as they are turning 21 at this point. I still pray they end it but if not I embrace it and books like this help a Mom see things and it helps to know their are other mother's out there that feel the same way I do about my child and the people they bring home to you that because of that they become part of your Family if only for a moment or in some cases such as ours for years.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Manhattan few schools rival the excellence reputation of the exclusive private Griffin High School. The excellence is in terms of its luxurious environs as learning takes a somewhat back seat to test achievement, which the headmistress Katryn The ¿Lazy¿ Hoffman considers education and an affluent environment, the only type of place she can administer though the parents are driving her insane with their absurd demands almost as sublime as that of her husband helping her cope is her affair.--------------------- Scholarship student Julianne Coopersmith feels somewhat of an outsider as almost all her peers are wealthy. She worries about her best friend Morgan Goldfine, whose mother just passed away. Morgan has not been able to move on while Julianne has learned to appreciate her pain in the butt mother whose over-protectiveness has driven Julianne crazy, but is now welcome to a degree. She is also concerned about the recent out of control behavior of her boyfriend, Harvard-bound Michael Avery, whose destructive acts of late have teetered on violence and making Julianne consider dumping him as the mood swings scare her.----------------- This stereotypical satire uses an upper crust Manhattan school as the milieu to lampoon relationships. The two prime hubs, Juliana and Katryn are on the surface opposites, but share a common distaste for the elitist attitude of Griffin even as one cheats on her spouse while the other struggles to remain loyal to her boyfriend. Both feel out of place at the POSH high school. Though similar school days have been in several novels, the dysfunctional relationships that run the gamut make for an amusing look at what vouchers will get the poor though in this case it is a middle class scholarship student who feels out of place.----------- Harriet Klausner
DissappointedReader More than 1 year ago
Complete trash. I thought it would be similar to Prep/other "insider" books, but it is pure trash, with characters that seem irrelevant/futile.