Andreas Poser Poser itibaren Dalhrian, Himachal Pradesh, Hindistan
A bit sensationalist, but since books are supposed to sell, I'm not surprised. Things I pretty much knew about sororities by rumor and that were confirmed by the book: 1) the extreme superficiality: all about body fat, clothes, hair, makeup, accessories and judging each other based on them 2) the focus on men, and not just men--the RIGHT men from the RIGHT fraternities 3) the downplaying of academics if they conflict with "mandatory" sorority activities 4) mean girl behavior, just like what we all hated about high school, but institutionalized 5) everything centers around bars and drinking Things that were news to me: 1) the forced conformity 2) the singleminded focus on revenue for the national chapters 3) specific activities like the Pig Run 4) how deadly serious some people take it 4) how much of a joke the "service projects" are 5) the appalling living conditions in the sorority houses, worse even than the dorms I have absolutely no personal experience with sororities, but I did attend a women's college that had a number of features that the author seems to be horrified that sororities have. We had rituals, songs (in Greek too, no less), regular events, colors and rivalries, but none of them were mandatory and in fact nobody was forced to do anything they didn't want to do. It is not the rituals or traditions that make a sisterhood, but how people treat and support each other. You shouldn't have to buy yourself some friends by joining a sorority, or feel that companionship is depending on how much you suck up to seniors or conform to someone else's idea of what you should be. And you should never, NEVER be afraid to quit.
"Josiah Bounderby was not the man to call a Post a Pump, or a Pump a Post, or either of the two a Toothpick." The novel has word-play, a mysterious embery fire, a good father, a bad father, and a complex redemption. Also, a circus. What's not to like?
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway... I was so excited! Such a cool concept to be able to read books from new authors. This was an extremely interesting book. It took a bit to get interested in it, but when I got to the end, I wished it was longer.
This one fell flat. None of the characters really grabbed me, and the "big ending" was so reminiscent of the Sopranos that there wasn't much fizz to it. Didn't deliver what I thought it'd be from the jacket plot description.