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The Starboard Sea

by Amber Dermont

Insulated from censure by their rich and powerful parents, over-privileged youths play delinquent at their East Coast prep school academy. Sailing metaphors abound in this coming-of-age tale, as we explore the murky depths below the glittering surface of the affluent but morally bankrupt world of the elites. As our narrator discovers, juvenile misdemeanors can have devastating consequences. Be prepared for uncomfortable reading material.

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Swimming closer to the rocks, I heard the waves and wind creating their own siren song, the soft voices of my lost friends. I flipped over, floating on my back and leaning into the starboard sea. The night descending, stretching above me like a map promising instruction, direction. I would spend the rest of my life searching for guiding stars.

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Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Less than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
 

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