One of my favorite books of all time is Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. Regardless of what your social life was like in high school, I think everyone can relate to the feelings of anxiety, loneliness, love, and self-discovery that the main character Lee experiences in the book. I’ve reread Prep several times at different points in my life, and have found new subtleties with each read (probably has to do with growing up and maturing and all that fun stuff). Because of my love for Prep, I was so excited when my mom told me that Curtis had written another novel called American Wife. Apparently it came out a few years ago, but I somehow missed the memo.
I just started American Wife yesterday and have already made a significant dent in it, which is saying a lot because lately (unfortunately) reading for pleasure has started to fall to the bottom of my list of daily activities.
American Wife is completely different from Prep in terms of storyline, but is just as captivating. It’s the story of a quiet only child from a small town who eventually ends up being the First Lady. Though the story’s main character, Alice, lives a completely different life from Lee in Prep, both characters are equally likeable, and both plots keep you on your toes as you continue to turn the pages. If you’re looking for a new read, I’d definitely recommend American Wife. And if for some reason you haven’t read Prep yet, well then stop what you’re doing and go get a copy now!