Ever since I met a cute boarding school boy on my trip to Paris the summer after my junior year in high school I wished that I could have gone to boarding school. I'd have settled for a private school where I could wear a plaid skirt and knee highs every day. Instead I went to public school and played field hockey. In college I visited the Lawrenceville School on a trip for a Sociology class and decided that I'd live out my dream by becoming a teacher/housemistress. Instead I became a librarian and read books set at boarding school.
With their high school dorms, secret societies, general hijinx, and amount of living that goes on without adults to interrupt or interfere, it just seems like the coolest place for a teenager. To this day, whenever I read a book or watch a movie where the characters attend boarding school - Dead Poet's Society, Outside Providence, Rushmore, School Ties, Harry Potter, Looking for Alaska, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - it brings me back to that longing.
Or maybe I'm just really loving The Disreputable History for the witty, intelligent writing style that brings the reader lines like "So when Matthew wore that shirt, it was like he was still Clark Kent, only Clark Kent wearing the Superman insignia, which was very meta. And hot."
Yeah, it's that.
And the boarding school thing.