Sunday, April 29, 2018

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane

by Genevieve Sly Crane

Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane’s deliciously addictive, compulsively readable exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what goes on in a sorority house…

Margot is dead.

There’s a rumor she died because she couldn’t take the pressure of being a pledge. You may not ask what happened to her. It’s not your business. But it wasn’t a suicide, if you’re wondering.

Spring Fling will not be cancelled. The deposit is non-refundable. And Margot would have wanted the sisterhood to continue in her absence, if only to protect her sisters’ secrets: Shannon is the thinnest girl in the house (the other sisters hate her for it, but they know her sacrifice: she only uses the bathroom by the laundry room); Kyra has slept with twenty-nine boys since she started college (they are all different and all the same); Amanda is a virgin (her mincing gait and sloping posture give it away); and while half the sisters are too new to have known Margot, Deirdre remembers her—she always remembers.

With a keen sense of character and unflinching, observant prose, Crane exposes the undercurrents of tension in a world where perfection comes at a cost and the best things in life are painful—if not impossible—to acquire: Beauty. A mother’s love. And friendship…or at least the appearance of it.

❃❃Sorority releases May 1st❃❃

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

Sorority is more a collection of short stories than a full-length novel. The story starts with an introduction of sorts to each girl, or sister, in the the sorority, and from there we get a story from each of them. From the blurb, I expected a bit of suspense surrounding Margot's death and I suppose there is some question about whether or not it's suicide, but primarily, the book covers some part of each young lady's life, either right before, during, or after college. Having never been in a sorority, I would hope that this representation would be the extreme as every one of the sisters has some issue - some worse than others and some evoking more sympathy than others. I do have to say that I didn't find any of the characters particularly likable, which played a large part in the book being a middle of the road read for me. I did keep reading, thinking that maybe there would be some big revelation in the end, but this really isn't one of those books that gives the reader that type of closure. The author is talented and I would check out more of her work, but this one left me straddling the fence, so to speak. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

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