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The Starboard Sea

I just finished “The Starboard Sea” by Amber Dermont and absolutely loved it! First of all, although you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it had such a preppy cover that I immediately knew I would enjoy it!  I have always been intrigued by the prep school culture and social life.  I really enjoyed “A Separate Piece” by John Knowles and the slightly less academic read, “Prep” by Curtis Sittenfeld.  “The Starboard Sea” is coming of age novel about a rising senior, Jason Prosper, who was been kicked out of an elite boarding school and transferred to another prep school with the help of his father’s money and alumni connections.  Set in New England in 1988, the novel accurately depicts the privilege and lifestyle of the upper class amidst the 1987 financial crash.  Complete with your typical prep school hazing, parties, and romance, the novel offers a window into the students’ lives. However, the students’ struggles go beyond the glamour of their wealth. The novel is centered around Jason’s love of sailing as the novel appears to be set at Tabor Academy, which is located right on the shores of Marion, Massachusetts. Jason’s love of the sea is a driving force throughout the novel and ultimately becomes his guiding light during his time at Bellingham Prep.  Between prep school and sailing what is not to love? Once again I truly enjoyed this summer read and would definitely recommend it!  I could go on and on about this book…but I am going to let you read the rest!


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