Prep by Jake Coburn
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Nick and his friends have everything: expensive clothes, beautiful apartments, rich friends. The island of Manhattan is at their feet. But underneath this picture-perfect world of private schools and private parties lies a gang world filled with drinking, drugs, casual sex, and graffiti. And Nick wants out. He's had enough of the life, and he's in love with his best friend, Kris, even though she's oblivious to his feelings. When Kris's younger brother becomes a gang target, Nick thinks he can help, even if it means putting his own life at risk.

About Jake Coburn

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Prep" is Jake Coburn's first novel, which he wrote at the young age of twenty-four. Mr. Coburn grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side and attended several different prep schools. There he witnessed some of New York City's most privileged teens form vicious street gangs. He now is a full-time writer.
Published March 17, 2005 by Speak. 182 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This foray into the dark side of Manhattan prep schools emphasizes details of setting over plot or character development.

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Kris's drug-addled mess of a brother, Danny, runs afoul of the vicious MKII gang, and when Nick intervenes, he finds himself in the crosshairs of the MKII also.

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New York's prep school teens seem to have everything --- money, nice homes and promising futures.

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