Friday, February 3, 2012

SECRET SOCIETY GIRL by Diana Peterfreund

Publisher: Dell
Date published: May 2007
ISBN: 9780440243892
Young Adult, Contemporary
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via Publisher

Junior Amy Haskel has had a clear view at her career plan from pretty much day one. For as long as she can remember she’s wanted to be a journalist and planned her education and post-grad employment with that goal in mind. She’s on her way to success and being the editor of the Eli University Literary Magazine, and it’s pretty much a given that Quill & Ink will tap her into its membership. In the midst of preparing for the graduation issue and slogging her way through War and Peace she receives a mysterious phone call telling her merely to show up at a specified time. Sure it’s the expected tap from Quill & Ink Amy heads off to the meeting, only to find out she’s been selected to join the ranks, much to her surprise, to Rose and Grave.

Rose and Grave isn’t your everyday fraternity or sorority. It is the stealthiest of all the secret societies, or so rumor says. No one will talk about it and word is if someone does try to talk about it in front of a member, said member needs to leave the room ASAP and all further communication with the friend is at an end. Members cannot even discuss their membership with family.
After she passes the initiation process things start to get a little sticky with the patriarchs of the society—they don’t want women in the club. Suddenly Amy loses her summer job and her family is being threatened. Will her new found brothers and sisters be a help or hindrance to her?

Diana Peterfreund’s SECRET SOCIETY GIRL was a different read for me. I do not normally read young adult books however the cover of SECRET SOCITY GIRL and those of the remainder of the series caught my attention. I’ve had the complete set for four years and while I kept intending to read them I never got around to it. While the cover promised so much I think a part of me knew, it wasn’t going to totally captivate me. Better to keep the illusion than to find out for sure.

I had a hard time relating to Amy. Not because she’s college age, but the character didn’t seem to know who she was going to be. Was she an up and comer, was she decisive, was she a wimp, did she want to join Rose and Grave or did she want to get on with school. There was no underlying strength or goal aside from what she tells us.

The idea of a secret society that controls industry, government and pretty much our world was intriguing, and we do see some of their machinations in the latter half of the book.

SECRET SOCIETY GIRL was an easy read with no emotional ups and downs. For me it was a perfect read for the ride to and from work with a steadily told story with natural breaks between times for reading.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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