E around him seems willing to recognizeI felt so drawn to the story from the first page and so inexplicably sad throughout the early part of reading it even before I had any reason to I thought about it constantly when I wasn t reading it and finishing it #both lifted a weight off my shoulders and #lifted a weight off my shoulders and me down with empathy and forgiveness It sounds weird but I mean that in a good wayAnother thing it gave me was a surprisingly intricate look at the world of teenage boys As the author is a woman I m not sure how accurate it is but it s multifaceted and nicely treated and I d be interested to give this book to one of my brothers to gauge his opinion of it This would be a great book club pick and in fact I went hunting for the reading *group guide even though I don t have anyone to discuss it with *guide even though I don t have anyone to discuss it with of order I wasn t able to find one Anyone know if there is oneFor those interested in bittersweet stories about the ravages of youth or any coming of age this is a really moving read When I finish certain books I m sad that they re over but feel fulfilled by the chance to have read them Amber Dermont s debut novel The Starboard Sea is one of those books I couldn t stop myself from wanting to race through the entire book but tried in vain to slow down as the end approached because I wanted to prolong the story and see what came next for the characters It s 1987 just before the stock market crash Jason Prosper is a rich high school senior from New York City raised with all of the benefits a wealthy family can offer "After getting kicked out of his prep school following the suicide of his best friend " getting kicked out of his prep school following the suicide of his best friend roommate Cal Jason winds p at Bellingham a boarding school for many second chance kids of privilege Struggling with Cal s memory and guilt over his death Jason finds himself drawn to Aidan a student with her own troubled past The two begin to let their guards down and confide in one another And then one night when a hurricane hits New Engl. En Freund Cal Als Cal sich während ihres ersten Jahrs an der Kensington Prep das Leben nimmt gerät Jasons Welt aus den Fugen Ist womöglich er selbst verantwortlich für Cals Verzweiflungstat Oder das dunkle Geheimnis das die beiden Jungen teilten Vollkommen aus der Bahn geworfen wechselt er an die Bellingham Academy ein teures freizügiges Internat an der Atlantikküste Hier begegnet er Aidan einer eigenwilligen Außenseiterin die Jason fasziniert nd ihm neuen Auftrieb gibt Als die Küst. I mentioned once before that my personal experience with New England boarding schools is not something *I Would Wish On My *would wish on my enemy That was in a review for The Twisted Thread a young adult novel about a murder on one of these campuses I liked it didn t love it This book The Starboard Sea is light years beyond that one I don t think it s promoted as YA and although sophisticated teens might love it the depth and breadth of this one is so far beyond the Pretty Little Liars genre that I would enthusiastically recommend it to my adult friendsDermont writes from the viewpoint of Jason Prosper a student relegated to Bellingham Academy where privileged kids are sent after they can t cut it for some reason at one of the better schools Jason s story and those of his new classmates gradually nfold in this perfectly paced tale If The Twisted Thread got at least some of the realities of boarding school right as I stated in that review this one goes far deeper and reveals much than even Curtis Sittenfield who wrote the best selling novel Prep ever did Dermont handles everything deftly here from the fragile characters and relationships to the stunning metaphors and descriptive language I LOVED this book It s hard to put into words the abundant compassion that Amber Dermont displays for her characters But it s there apparent from the first paragraph to the final wordThe prep school world of Jason Prosper looks alternately like Cruel Intentions and your standard bildungsroman with a little murder mystery thrown in But the whole is so much than the sum of its parts It s a treatise on class privilege It s a discussion of race particularly in the world of the wealthy It s an honest look at teenage sexuality in all its sordid shame and tender honesty It s an homage to the "sea and to sailing Ultimately it s a love story to a kid who s just " and to sailing Ultimately it s a love story to a kid who s just to figure out who he is and what he wants out of life who gets dealt some pretty big blows that no on. Neuengland Ende der 80er Jahre Jason Prosper wächst in einer Welt auf in der Penthousewohnungen in Manhattan nd Sommerhäuser in Maine ebenso zum Alltag gehören wie der Besuch altehrwürdiger Schulen nd Mitgliedschaften in exklusiven Segelclubs Als intelligenter sportlicher Teenager hegt Jason eine gesunde Abneigung gegen die Abgründe des Wohlstands nd entzieht sich den Zwängen seiner Kreise am liebsten indem er jede freie Minute segelnd auf dem Meer verbringt zusammen mit seinem best.
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And everything goes awry leaving Jason to once again
up the and he discovers just what privilege can do and what it can t At first I thought I wouldn t enjoy this book because I couldn t identify with rich reckless high school students sed to getting everything they wanted and living lives I could only imagine But Dermont s development of the characters even those who seemed on the surface like nothing than rich kid stereotypes is very complex and she really draws you into all that Jason is struggling with I honestly could have spent another few hundred pages watching what happened next with the characters once they left Bellingham and seeing what direction Jason s life took and that to me is the mark of a fantastic book Dermont is a really terrific writer and I can t wait to see what she does next Amber Dermont was my creative writing professor in college so when I heard about this book I naturally had to go out and buy a copy immediately It s a good book The story has a lot of elements that reminded me of The Secret History and Looking for Alaska in that it takes place at an expensive prep school and deals with bullying drugs entitled rich kids who get away with anything and a female love interest who s so clearly damaged she would have Alaska Young backing away in apprehensionThere are flaws in the book and it wasn t my favorite but that s all I m going to say because I know that Dr Dermont is on Goodreads and I m still kind of afraid of her Rules of conduct are flexible for rich kids and never so than at Bellingham a co ed prep school for misbehaving teens who have been booted out of prestigious academies In her debut novel Amber Dermont revisits the zeitgeist of the Reagan era through the *Eyes Of Jason Prosper *of Jason Prosper senior who lands at Bellingham in 1987 following the suicide of Cal his best friend and sailing partnerWhen Jason arrives at Bellingham he is full of secrets and emotional baggage involving Cal s death his. E Neuenglands von einem schweren Orkan getroffen wird kommt es jedoch erneut zu einem großen Einschnitt in Jasons Leben Vor dem Hintergrund des Börsencrashs von 1987 beschreibt Amber Dermont mit Witz nd Einfühlung das Milieu der jungen amerikanischen Ostküstenelite in einer Lebensphase in der jede Orientierung auch die sexuelle oft nur vage ist Vor allem aber erzählt sie die Geschichte von Jason Prosper dessen Suche nach dem rechten Weg durch Fehltritte The Affair of the Blue Pig und Leidenschaften bestimmt wird.pick p the