02 July 2010

True Prep; Lisa Birnbach

True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World by Lisa Birnbach
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This wasn't a Must Read book, except that when your life seems to be a blend between the Preppy Handbook and the JAP Handbook, well, this really was a Must Read.

The version I read was an ARC, and I really hope that the layout was not final because each page was crowded with text and photos, while the first Handbook had more white space. There were some typos (it's just Emma Willard School, no "the") and omissions (Vera Wang attended Professional Children's School, as did Yo-Yo Ma. George Hamilton was at Hackley School. Trust me on this.) Worse was the tone. It was too, well, serious. Every prep I know has a sense of humor about their preppiness, and the first book conveyed that. This book? Not so much.

As in most things prep, original and oldest is best.

ARC provided by publisher.

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