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About the Author

Tom Dolby is the author of the novels Secret Society, The Sixth Form, and The Trouble Boy. He was born in London, raised in San Francisco, and now divides his time between Manhattan's West Village and Wainscott, New York. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his BA in the history of art.

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Product Details

  • Series: Secret Society Novel
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006172162X
  • ASIN: B003NHRA14
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Dolby is the author of the young adult novels Secret Society and The Trust: A Secret Society Novel, as well as the best-selling novel The Trouble Boy and the boarding school novel The Sixth Form. He is also the co-editor, with Melissa de la Cruz, of the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tom was born in London and raised in San Francisco, and is a graduate of Yale University. He currently lives in Manhattan, where he is working on his fifth novel, among other projects. You can find him online at www.tomdolby.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie's World of Books on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I would really rate this around a 2.5. Not quite a 3.
This book was somewhat a disappointment for me. I was so looking forward to it but as I read I kept wanting to hurry the story along. I've always had a fascination with secret societies, the part they play in the larger world and what sort of rituals they used. Combine this with my love of YA books I thought it sounded like the perfect read. The biggest negative point was the pacing of the book. It really dragged and I kept hoping for something to happen and while eventually the story comes to a head it took so long that it seemed like a let down. I did not find myself caring much for Patch or Nick. I did like Lauren's character and Phoebe has potential. The most interesting part was seeing how the perks of belonging to this society helped each of the students and the cost this help comes at. I may pick up the next book just to find out what happens as the last 30 or so pages did spark my curiosity. Most likely it will be a library pick though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sab H. VINE VOICE on October 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
You'll be desperate for a sequel! The book was good, but the ending was awesome! What is it with these new books and incredible endings? I kept thinking in the middle of the book that it was kind of boring, but at some point it got me and I enjoyed the final parts where you finally understand what the book is about.

The writing was great, the story was told from four different points of view. But, it could be kind of confusing sometimes. The characters were not the best, hard to relate. The plot didn't have what I would call rhythm, it was tedious sometimes. But if you like to read about fashion and socialites this a good read for you.

The cover is really appealing, I like it and I like the tattoo. We all have an idea of Secret Societies and it was fun to read about it. If you are a Melissa de la Cruz fan, this book is for you.
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By Audrey on August 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Title: Secret Society
Author: Tom Dolby
Genre: YA mystery
Publishing Information: October 1, 2009 by HarperTeen
Series: First book in Secret Society series, followed by The Trust

Where I got it: E-book from the library

One sentence: Four wealthy young people from New York- Phoebe, Lauren, Nick and Patch- are invited to join the Society: a organization that seems innocent, but as time passes becomes more and more sinister.

Themes: Secret societies, New York City, prep-school, mystery

Main characters: 3/5
I didn't particularly like or dislike any of the main characters except Patch, who for some reason I really disliked. I didn't feel like there was any real depth to the characters, and while I sometimes empathized with them, I couldn't really relate to them at all. Further, none of the characters were really defined for me and I didn't feel any emotional attachment to them.

Secondary characters: 2.5/5
Very minimal interaction. Some interesting characters, like Patch's grandma or Nick's dad, but mainly because of their connection to the Society, not based on their personalities or development through the novel.

Writing style: 2/5
The pacing was probably the biggest negative for me. While I thought that the plot had the opportunity to be remarkable, the pacing left me feeling uninterested and bored. The slow pace combined with the length of the novel made it difficult to wade through, particularly the middle section. The one thing I did like was the alternating narrators, which switched it up and gave an insight into all four protagonists.

Plot: 4/5
I really liked the idea of the secret society set in modern day Manhattan and the prep-school scene.
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Format: Hardcover
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In SECRET SOCIETY, we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City. Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up-and-coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker. There is something else about these students that make them special - three of them have gained the interest of The Society.

The Society is a secret group of people whose mission is to "preserve a way of life." I, for one, have always had a major interest in secret societies and so I was already excited about this book, and Tom Dolby has definitely done his research with this. The imagery is so vivid that I actually found myself waking up from dreams about this book and about these characters, which is a major thing for me since most books don't get in my head like that. Some people are probably thinking "Oh no, not something else about a secret society," but this is majorly different. Think Gossip Girl (the show) meets The Skulls (Paul Walker/Joshua Jackson movie from 2000).

After receiving text messages that tell them to go to a gritty downtown warehouse, the three students begin the initiation into The Society. This initiation concludes with each of them receiving an ankh shaped tattoo on the nape of their necks. Once they are entered into The Society, they start gaining everything they were promised: fame, fortune, friends in high places, parties, private town cars that deliver them to and from events. But what's the price they must pay in order to have these rewards?

Things start changing when the body of a young male is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks, aside from the ankh tattoo on this neck.
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