Title: Secret Society Girl
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Copyright: 2006 (Delta); 291 pgs.
Series: Ivy League #1
Genre: Young Adult
This story is told from Amy’s point of view. She’s a junior at a fictional Ivy League school (Eli). It’s late April, the school year is winding down, students are preparing for final exams, summer internships, and commencement. It’s also the time when the campus’s secret societies “tap” the rising juniors they wish to fill their ranks. Amy, as the editor of the campus literary magazine, knows she’s a shoo-in for the Quill & Ink. It’s tradition. So when she’s tapped by a member of the Rose & Grave, she’s suspects that maybe someone is playing a prank. The R&G NEVER taps women. It’s a “good old boys” society, reputed to be very powerful (CEOs, presidents, politicians, etc. can claim membership).
The this year’s graduating class has decided to get with the 21st century and tapped several females. Amy, after seeing her new brothers and sisters, can’t figure out why she was tapped. She’s got good grades, but she’s not nearly as smart as some of the other new members. Nor is she from a “legacy” family, or from a wealthy or politically powerful one, nor is she famous in any other way. It puzzles her, but bigger things are taking place to occupy her mind. Though the graduating class of Diggers has decided to be progressive, the board of directors and “old school” alumni aren’t happy with the decision. They are determine to force Amy and her fellow females Diggers out of the Rose & Grave and punish the seniors.
Comments: I really enjoyed this book. I liked Amy. I liked the author’s writing style and the book had it’s funny moments. When I started reading the book, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Despite it’s funny moments, the book has a serious point — accepting others not because of their sex, race, sexual orientation, social and economic background, or religion, but who they are as a person. Amy and her sister Diggers may have won this first battle but, from the looks of it, they’re not completely out of the woods yet.
I stood there, alone in the Calvin courtyard, and began to question the veracity of Brandon’s ongoing Hopelessly-Devoted-to You act. The man had just ditched me for intramural badminton.
Started: 29 April 2011
Finished: 1 May 2011