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Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities Hardcover – April 7, 2004
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It was one of the best decisions I ever made- I made great friends and developed so much as a person. I think many sorority girls would say the same thing. It was a great experience.
Had I read this book as a collegian, or recent graduate, I probably would have reacted the same as many of the sorority women's postings- "that is NOT true," "that never happens," etc. However, being removed from the situation by about five years gives you a different perspective.
I am not blind enough to sit here and say " I have NEVER seen any of these things Ms. Robbins talks about going on." That is simply not true. The alcohol, the parties, the date rape, the eating disorders- it's all there. Maybe it wasn't a part of my sorority, or yours, but it's been a part of someone's. Every chapter, on every campus, is different. One of my sorority's chapters at a major university was closed due to hazing. Yet, I was never once hazed in any way. It all depends where you are and the people who are there with you.
I didn't read this book thinking that Ms. Robbins was exposing "sororities everywhere." But I do think she provides a good depiction of how MANY sorority chapters operate. I think she also remained very objective in her writing. And, just think back to junior high or high school- the same catty girls, pressure to conform, etc. It's not all that different.Read more ›
I quit on good terms, for monetary reasons, rather than because I wanted to leave the house. However, now that I'm a "GDI," my perspective on being Greek has completely changed. Although I respect and like the girls in my former house, looking at the Greek system from the outside in makes it look pretty absurd. The people in Greek system will always vehemently deny that it is made up of anything but puppies and rainbows and philanthropic sunshine, but lots and lots of shady stuff goes on.
Hence, I'm glad such a good author/journalist had the balls to write an entire book about this interesting duality. It's well-researched and well-presented, and gives a pretty even look at things. Frankly, I think she was almost too nice and too eager to not offend at parts. A lot of the time, she lets the actions of the women in the book speak for themselves. Although I'd have loved to see some analysis, her journalistic writing style gives the book a lot of credibility. She justs chronicles things and lets the reader draw his or her own conclusions.
Whether you're Greek, a former Greek, or a GDI, definitely a fascinating read. Sorority girls: don't disregard it before you've read it. It's really not as bad as you think it is.
Reading this book brought a lot of feelings to the surface that I think I had stuffed, ignored, wasn't willing to admit, etc. at the time I was involved in greek life. Even in the many years after college, my feelings about my time in a sorority were somewhat positive.
However, even after reading this book so long past my time in a sorority, it surprisingly brought to the surface many negative feelings regarding greek life that I just wasn't willing to recognize while in a sorority. The overwhelming feeling to be just like them in all you do....clothes, partying, dating/sleeping with frat guys, etc. may be even unspoken, but it is PROFOUND. A sorority might tell you they want unique individuals and they might, as long as you dress like, talk like, think like, and party like them. What my "sisters" and I did to fit in to an organization that we didn't even respect that much is mind boggling.
With that said, the partying and desire to fit in could be said about many college students/young women, greek or not. Regardless, I am grateful for the book as it solidified my opinion about greek life in general (of course, not everywhere the same as the author states) and helped influence the conversation I would have with my daughter before she left for college.
I told her I would consider paying for a sorority, but if that's what she wanted, had to wait for her sophomore year to pledge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It was a good read!
Definitely gives you an inside look as to how some sororities really are in the united states. Read more
As a mental health professional working on college campuses, I'm rather sad to say that I don't find much of what I read in this book to be surprising. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's an interesting book. And well worth the time to read it.
I've had a number of students who went off to Greek life, and up until the last few weeks (while I read... Read more
We’ve always been told that after you go to high school, you will go to college to get a degree. You will have the time of your life, meet friends that will last a lifetime at a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is errr.
Do thorough research before joining any such organization. Be sure that you research why you shouldn't just as much as you research why you think you... Read more
A very personal, intimate account of sorority life from various perspectives. The author goes beyond Greek life to explore pertinent college issues like binge drinking, eating... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah Simpson
The book is good. She backs up most of her claims, although the undercover work she did cannot be verified. Read morePublished 10 months ago by The Turtle Whisperer
Regardless of your opinions about sorority life, i believe it was totally shameful and unprofessional to write about the private rituals and secret rites of sororities. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gambinos
not very interesting. sororities need adult supervision to prevent damaging young girls who want to belong.Published 15 months ago by Norman D. Levine