Author: Diana Peterfreund
Pages: 291 Paperback
My Rating: 5/5 stars
In a fabulous blend of the bestselling traditions of Prep and The Devil Wears Prada, Secret Society Girl takes us into the heart of the Ivy League’s ultraexclusive secret societies when a young woman is invited to join as one of their first female members.
Elite Eli University junior Amy Haskel never expected to be tapped into Rose & Grave, the country’s most powerful—and notorious—secret society. She isn’t rich, politically connected, or…well, male.
So when Amy receives the distinctive black-lined invitation with the Rose & Grave seal, she’s blown away. Could they really mean her?
Whisked off into an initiation rite that’s a blend of Harry Potter and Alfred Hitchcock, Amy awakens the next day to a new reality and a whole new set of “friends”—from the gorgeous son of a conservative governor to an Afrocentric lesbian activist whose society name is Thorndike. And that’s when Amy starts to discover the truth about getting what you wish for. Because Rose & Grave is quickly taking her away from her familiar world of classes and keggers, fueling a feud, and undermining a very promising friendship with benefits. And that’s before Amy finds out that her first duty as a member of Rose & Grave is to take on a conspiracy of money and power that could, quite possibly, ruin her whole life.
A smart, sexy introduction to the life and times of a young woman in way over her head, Secret Society Girl is a charming and witty debut from a writer who knows her turf—and isn’t afraid to tell all….
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 college junior named Amy. Things are going perfectly well for her. She is getting good grades, has a great job as editor at the lit magazine, and her best friend Lydia and her always have a good time together. Amy’s life is turned upside down when she is initiated into Rose & Grave, the most infamous secret society in all of Eli University’s past. Up until that year it has been known that this society has only initiated men so it definitely stirs up a ruckus when half of the new tap class is women. Amy jumps feet first into a world of secrets, lies, and scandals!
This isn’t your typical Y.A. novel. In fact it isn’t Y.A. at all since the main character is 21. BUT for anyone reading this, I highly recommend it. It is good enough for me to read and re-read it a few times (a few really meaning five times). The characters show a wide range of personalities, the author’s attention to detail is superb, and it is laugh out loud, funny book.
One downside of this book is that there are A LOT of characters. Amy has many society brothers and sisters as well as friends outside of the society. However, if you are anything like me you will come to love each and every character. I will only be highlighting a few on this review. First there is Amy. This girl only sees herself as your average-Joe. Come on! She is attending one of America’s most elite colleges and manages to get awesome grades; she is so much more than average! Amy is hilarious, witty, sarcastic, and confident. In so many ways she reminds me of my best friend and I (perhaps that is why we enjoy this book so much). Amy’s crazy thoughts, funny comebacks, and lists (this girl loves lists as much as I do, and that’s really saying something!), will make you instantly fall in love with her. Amy’s best friend, Lydia, is a great side character. The two girls are best friends and roommates. Diana did a wonderful job on making their relationship seem real and authentic. The two girls have very different personalities. Where Amy is funny and outgoing, Lydia is level-headed and realistic. The two girls argue, disagree, and care for each other so much; you just couldn’t help but wish you were best friends with them too! Amy’s society brothers and sisters play a large role in all four books. There is a prissy, beautiful trust-fund baby, a wonderfully hot player, the political good guy, an over-the-top lesbian; the list goes on and on! It may be a little bit overwhelming at first to have all these new characters thrown at you at once but Diana does such a wonderful job describing and staying true to each character, that you quickly come to know each and every one of them.
The detail, research, history, and mythology put in this book are fantastic! Details regarding the college make me, a college student living at home, realize what the experience must be like. From the gorgeous building to the not-so-gorgeous co-ed showers, I felt like I was right on campus with Amy. History and mythology play a big part in this book especially when it comes to Rose & Grave’s theme. Characters such as Persephone are mentioned a lot in the book so I imagine there must have been a lot of research and knowledge used to make it even more enjoyable.
Beware of when reading this book in public. I have been caught numerous times laughing out loud and snickering at funny scenes while reading this book (all four books for that matter). There are some less-than-glamorous moments that Amy must encounter in Secret Society Girl but Diana off-sets hard situations with sarcastic and witty humor. The one-liners, whether said out loud or thought in Amy’s head, are the ones that really got me going!
Well there you have it readers, that is nearly 900 words on why I think you should read Secret Society Girl. Do it, because I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Diana Peterfreund’s laugh-out-loud novel will transport you to the world of Eli College where hot guys, hidden tombs, big secrets, and lots of mystery intermingle.