by Jake Coburn

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101176771
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/17/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 230 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

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.

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Prep 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
DeirdreHarris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 much violence. He decides to get involved with the gangs again, and risks his life to help Danny, the brother of a girl he is in love with. This book is brutally realistic in its portrayal of the harshness of street gangs. What is unique about Prep is that the gangs are wealthy, prep school boys who would not stand a chance if they came up against other gangs that are outside of their small area of Manhattan. This point is briefly mentioned in the book. This book can be useful in the classroom in conjunction with S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders because the prep hoods are really a twenty-first century Soc gang.
meitel1551 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i couldn't put down the fone once i picked it up... it was so interesting and i just thought that it kept me thinking about wat was going to happen next i think this book was so great. i love the book because it was not lik a book the your are jst interested of for a second but it kept u asking your self questions all the time. IT WAS GREAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I myself an 18 year old from a mid size town in michigan really enjoyed this book. Prep offers a 'big city' feel as well as a great sense of being right there with the character. I highly suggest this for any teen, or any book reader. Two thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was the best book i have eva red. it rOcS
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prep is a real eye opening book that teens and parents of all ages should read. I personally did not know about such gangs and hoods in private schools. This book really shines a light on what goes on in all schools systems public and private. I really enjoyed this book. It discusses real issues surrounding students in schools today. Prep shows how private schools are capible of having problems too. In this novel, kids had everything they wished for, making it hard to please them. After a while the only way some were happy was to take others happiness away. Many teens got involved in drugs and other risky behaviors. This book really shows the hardships teens these days face. This book gives good examples of how to deal with those hardships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book thinking I was not the type of person to read about prep - school gangs, hoods, and tagging. Jake Coburn made this book AWESOME and wonderful to read! A very realistic dialouge and an action filled plot make this book one you (or at least I) could not put down! I strongly recommend this book just for pleasure, but along the way I learned a lot about underworld New York, prep schools, workaholics parents, friendship, and finding your identity!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that I would definently recommend! It had very realistic dialogue and events that kept me reading! I definently can't wait for the next Jake Coburn book! He is an awesome writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prep is a very realistic book and the fact that he used his real life experiences growing up as a teen in New York are what kept me reading throughout the book. Page after page the violence that people have surprised me and drew me to keep reading to see what else would happen. Teens who had everything they could ever want drew their happiness from other people¿s pain. The romance in Prep seemed just like the emotions I am going through right now and it helps to know that other people are going through the same thing you are and you aren¿t alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention from first page to last. I was so disappointed when I finished it but now I read it over and over again on a daily basis. It's probably my favorite book and they should really consider making it into a movie. This is for anyone is interested in gangs, unrequited love, drug use, and rich people who hide some secrets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what I didn't know about white rich guys. I had no idea the gangs and little clicks they had or well have. I see them on the streets of New York all the time, but now reading this book, I think twice about them, they can be dangerous. Anyway back to the review.. well I find this book very well witten and very graphic to the mind. It's good, good as hell. I injoyed it very much. I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The relationships are interesting, the dialogue is realistic and the story just draws you in. I can't wait for the movie and the next Jake Coburn book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i went in to the book store and read the jacket took it home brought it to school and read it i loved this book and i would recomend it to any1 but kids under 13 they may not be able to handle or under stand the sexual things in it and is unnappropriate for them too
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prep is not only a terrific read but a very real depiction of the difficulties being a teen. Growing up myself in NYC, I can say confidently that Prep is very realistic, which only makes the story that much more important. Coburn has struck gold, I cannot wait for his next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prep is a beautifully written novel that defys labels. I read the book in four hours and I am a slow reader. With a magnificant story about friendship, love, loyalty and trust the charachters drew me into their world instantly. When the book ended I was sad to leave. This is a novel that captures the essence of high school and the universal trials and tribulations of life brilliantly. Everyone should pick up this book and enter the world created by Coburn's magic. They won't be sorry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocks! After reading through the entire Todd Strasser collection, I was recommended Prep by a friend. It was awesome. Better than my old favorites. Maybe one day there will be a movie! I would be first in line to see it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having grown up and attended one of the NYC private schools, this book was like a trip down memory lane. Jake Coburn's writing makes the reader feel as if they are actually right there alongside the main characters. One of the better books that I have read this year. Highly recommend PREP to those who grew up in NYC or to those who want to see what a modern day Holden Caulfield would be like. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Coburn does a great job letting us get to know his main character...inside and out. There's a sensitivity and a harshness to him- he's balanced in that way, but we're still left with a complex and brooding young man who is forced to make some difficult decisions(even without our help). No matter who you are or where you're from you can find something to relate to in Nick. I was definitely sucked into this story and I look forward to more work from Jake Coburn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It's got all the good stuff: violence, relationships, change, friends, family, and redemption/reformation in an environment that makes it relevant.