Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund

Secret Society Girl
By Diana Peterfreund
2006, Delacorte Press, 304 pages

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?

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Plus side: SECRET SOCIETIES! Hello! They are fascinating. So what if this school and its societies are made up—you know it's based on some shred of the truth. The writer went to Yale, so it's got to be semi-real(ish), right? I love the mystery, the darkly lit rooms, the secret notes. I want to believe that this stuff actually happens. And Amy is quirky, not afraid to run her mouth and stand up to the "patriarchs" of the society, who are annoyingly snooty and misogynistic. I like her spunk.

Down side: But, on the other hand, what is it Amy actually wants? Maybe she doesn't know. And I'm not saying she has to know, but she's so back-and-forth between boys, ambitions and friendships, it was hard to keep up. It annoyed me that I couldn't tell exactly WHY Amy wanted to be a part of a society that was so awful to her and is obviously ruining her life.

But, then again, maybe she wants in for the same reason I'll keep reading this series: Everyone likes to be in on a secret.

Moral of the Story/You Might Also Like: Well, I don't know. It's just fun, people! I enjoyed it. Though, "if a secret society can give you everything, imagine what it can take away," as Joshua Jackson learned the hard way in the year 2000 in The Skulls. Watch it. You know you want to.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. The Skulls! I loved that movie. Serious HOTTNESS in it!! This book sounds like a fun read. I've seen the title floating around the blogosphere. Might need to check it out, thanks ;-)

  2. Hi Anna just wanted to say that the first book might be confusing, the Marcus Flutie factor really kicks in at the end of the second book, the third is simply AMAZING and the fourth is wonderful hope you'll give them a try, you won't be disappointed

  3. Hey!!!! I am going out to get the rest of the series this weekend. It wasn't my fave book of all time, but I was totally swept away in it and really want to read more. Bring on the Flutie Factor! :)

  4. I need to read the rest of these books!! going to go order them right now!


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