Ooh, loved this one. Loved it, loved it, loved it. All about a middle class girl made good. She gets into a prestigious prep school on scholarship and the book details all four years at the school.
I think I liked this book because it made you work to sympathize with the main character. It wasn't the typical teenage angst that affects everybody kind of thing - though that definitely figures in. This book more deeply explored the role the protagonist had in creating her own crappy teenage existence, not something that most coming of age books do, or do well.
Main plot is that she attends the school, is an outsider, develops a crush on a boy. Boy starts coming to see her at night and they begin a sexual relationship that never turns into anything more. Girl "accidentally" exposes the upper class privelage at the school in an NYT article, becomes even more of an outcast and graduates. Talks briefly about what happens to them after school.
Forwhatever reason I kept picturing this book as happening at PB's college (Earlham, in Richmond Indiana). Not sure what that's about.