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Secret Society Girl (Ivy League) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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"Readers will cheer on the not-so-underdog as she faces disgruntled male alumni and finds that membership does indeed have privileges."—Tampa Tribune
"A fun, breezy, beach-perfect diversion … with a myriad of cultural and intellectual references to everything from Eyes Wide Shut to Aristotle's Poetics."—Winston Salem Journal
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Amy Haskel is a junior at Eli (read: Yale) University. Her dream job appears to be working for Glamour, yet she poo-poos her upcoming "posh" summer internship working for a New York book publisher. To bulk up her resume, Amy works on the school literary magazine, as does Brandon Weare. Amy likes Brandon as a friend, and she'll sleep with him as the need arises, but she doesn't want anything more from him.
The story kicks off when Amy is tapped by Rose & Grave (read: Skull & Bones). Only problem is, Amy has no clue why she has been tapped. She is not uber-wealthy (although Amy doesn't seem too concerned about how to pay for Eli, so she's obviously not hurting for cash). She's not uber-smart (although Amy brags about getting into Eli early decision). She's not uber-hot (although Brandon and the class stud are both very warm for her form.) She's also not male. It's the last item that becomes a sticking point, as Rose & Grave (also known as the Diggers) has been a males-only society up to now. The patriarchs, or Digger alums, make a 20th century fuss over girl cooties infecting their precious "tomb" (even the real Skull & Bones first let women in over 15 years ago) and threaten Amy's internship (which she suddenly decides she really, really wants). Will Amy stay in Rose & Grave or go?
Hint: this is the start of a series. In case there is any doubt.
The main trouble with the book, aside from the predictability of the plot, is that Amy is amorphous. We have no idea what she truly wants, other than to someday see her name on a magazine masthead. She vacillates over Brandon.Read more ›
This book is okay. Some of the writing is humorous. But the story is boring. Rose & Grave gets into trouble with its alumni because the current members decide to bring in women. So the alumni cause trouble for the members. The members fight back. If you like books where the action is a boardroom argument with privileged people fighting to stay even more privileged, then you might like this.
Amy can be funny and her lists are cute. But Amy's actions don't make much sense. She spends most of the book not sure if she wants to be in Rose & Grave. They play mean and sexist practical jokes on her during initiation and they lie to her. So why does she fight to stay in a club that she isn't sure she even likes? It seems just because the club is prestigious, which doesn't say very good things about Amy, who also accepts help from the society to cheat on her final.
From the title of the book, I was expecting some intrigue or suspense, but there wasn't any. Also, it sounded like this would be a thinly veiled look at the real life Yale secret society Skull & Bones. But Rose & Grave comes off pretty much just like your everyday college fraternity. And you don't learn anything about what makes life special at an Ivy League school either.Read more ›
This was quite an enjoyable read as it was fast-paced, fun, and quite engaging. Initially, I was hesitant about the book as I was not sure if it would be too "teen" like but I was glad that it wasn't. Eventhough the main character Amy appeared indecisive and quick to judge, you can't but help root for her. I realized this was part of a series and I hope that the author would put more emphasis on the supporting/secondary characters so that the story would not be too one-dimensional. Highly recommended.
I enjoyed it immensely. My only issue with the book was keeping track of the real names and society names of the characters. More than once I had to flip to the list of the society members to see who was talking. There were a lot of characters, and some got lost in the shuffle. Diana Peterfruend somewhat remedies this in the future books. She focuses more on a small set of characters.
Overall, I thought that this was a fun book, and if you enjoyed it too, you'll really like the UNDER THE ROSE and RITES OF SPRING BREAK!!
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I love reading YA romances but this one really didn't held my attention.
It was awkward to read and I somehow did not feel the connection between the main characters.
Fun and light story about a sharp girl stepping though a glass ceilingPublished 23 months ago by Daryl A Sinclair
Captivating from the first moment! I could not put it down. I instantly fell in love with the main character, Amy. She's witty, smart, and so sassy!Published on July 18, 2013 by Stephen O'Neal
I loved this book! I started it before bed, planning on reading only a few chapters, but I couldn't stop reading. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Stephanie O'Neil
This is a fun read with an engaging heroine and snappy dialogue. I must confess, I read all the books in a particularly unproductive weekend and completely enjoyed myself. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Gussie
Last year I read Diana Peterfreund's Rampant, which, as some of you might know, is about killer unicorns and the girls that, you know, hunt them. And it was freaking awesome. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Tara Gonzalez
I'll start this off plain and simple, you need to read this series! I cannot stress it enough! Secret Society Girl, the first of four books in the series, follows the life of a... Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I found this book purely by accident when I was looking for something by the same author, and I'm SO very thankful I did! Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Alissa
Ok, in five days I read all four books. Whew, the first one I absolutely loved and was excited to get into the second. Enjoyed that one too. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by Boy Troy