Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Lee Fiora is a Midwestern girl thrust into the life of super rich at a fictional boarding school in Massachussets. This story is labeled a coming-of-age story, though I didn't see much evidence of Lee evolving. She seemed a little less uncomfortable but very minutely. I will start this by saying I never felt sympathy for Lee. While I can see some of my own insecurities in her at that age, by the end I wanted her to just get over it. Move on. This does not mean I didn't like the book, I really did. Sittenfeld does a great job at character studies. I think that's why I was so irritated with Lee.
#22 - A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
Some fine bits of writing in this 1930s British mystery. I think I read it years ago, but I didn't remember the details, just that I liked the author. The casual racism and characterizations of the "Jewish race" are uncomfortable, though, if about par for the course with British thinking at the time. I'd like to read some of her later, more developed books again, particularly The Daughter of Time.