by Jodie Andrefski
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.
You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.
Do you have what it takes?
It’s time to find out.
Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.
All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.
Let the games begin.
It isn’t often that a book which seems to be your average young adult fare turns out to be so much more than that. After reading The Society, I had to take a few minutes to catch my breath and really come to terms with how I felt about what I’d just read. It wasn’t an experience to be taken lightly.
You can absolutely tell that Andrefski truly cares about her craft, and about using it to not only give the reader something to think about, but something that they will continue to think about long after they finish the book. Dealing with a myriad of topics ranging from bullying, to mental illness, and from being a confused young woman to lashing out against those who’ve hurt you, The Society takes your heart and gently squeezes it, wringing out every bit of emotion by the time it’s all said and done.
Although there were things I might not have understood, or things I felt could have been handled differently, it didn’t take away from the overall reading experience. Honestly this book got to page turning status around 40% for me, and even before that I was definitely invested.
I can’t imagine not recommending this to people. It’s one of those books that you buy extra copies of just so you can share the experience with others. I don’t think I’ve had something go so far below the surface when I really just expected a bit of mean girl revenge.
It’s hard for me to read stories of girls who have such a hard time and not relate, but what I most appreciated were the realistic expectations that people had, and the reactions and consequences that are described. Andrefski is an author to add to your list of people who are going to continue the trend of writing young adult books that make a difference.
About the Author
Jodie Andrefski has been passionate about reading ever since she was a little girl, when she used to climb trees to escape with a favorite book. She now lives and writes in a small town in Pennsylvania with her teenage daughter. Though still an avid reader, she now prefers a comfy chair over the crook of a tree. An unapologetic coffee fiend, she’s even happier if her java comes with pie. Jodie often draws on her background in education and mental health counseling to bring real world experience to her writing. She is a firm believer in the magic of a first kiss, and insists that you should never, ever give up on your dreams.
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