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Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

I am about halfway through this book, which is by Alexandra Robbins. It is an absolutely wonderful look into the lives of 4 sorority girls from a state university in the South. Although some of the information does make sorority life look bad, I truly believe that the author is simply telling the truth and presenting the facts, leaving the reader the ability to make up her own mind. I highly recommend this book, especially as someone who went through the rushing process but decided against joining for the same reasons presented in the book.


This New York Times bestseller is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes book that blows the lid off the intriguing world of mainstream sorority life.

Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority. The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectations -- drugs, psychological abuse, extreme promiscuity, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders are just a few of the problems. But even more surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive women.

Why is the desire to belong to a sorority so powerful that women are willing to engage in this type of behavior -- especially when the women involved are supposed to be considered "sisters"? What definition of sisterhood do many women embrace? Pledged combines a sharp-eyed narrative with extensive reporting and the fly-on-the-wall voyeurism of reality shows to provide the answer.

I hope you all are getting the chance to read as much as I am this summer!
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Hi - I am new to Live Journal and Women's Fiction. Been so busy writing and with publishing business I despaired, saying to hubby, "Do you suppose I will turn ninety and say, 'Why didn't I just stop and read more good books while I had the eyesight?'" Then thunderstorm took out electric and computer, so I lit candles and dove into a novel I purchased ten months back. Jincy Willet's Winner of the National Book Award. At last, I have begun.
Yay! I did have a lot of time to read because I had just graduated and was in the process of only working a part-time job. Now I've begun my full-time job, moved, and am getting used to a new city, so reading has taken the backburner for now. Hopefully I'll find time, though.

Please post about the book when you finish, especially if you like it.
Am halfway through Winner of the National Book Award by Willet and though cover states that some thought it was the funniest book ever, I think that takes second to the depression of this novel and the raw sexuality, not explicit but raw. To say this is a comedy is like saying the Grand Canyon w/ (forgive spelling and perhaps wrongs actress) Geena Davis and Sigourney Weaver is a comedy. Still this is a compelling read, with more time to read, and would have finished all at once if I could. Understanding the metaphor for the title is priceless in itself.

forgive me if we are not allowed to leave webpages, please remove and let me know, okay? thanks.
Web pages are perfectly acceptable as long as they fit the theme of the community. :) I've used www.librarything.com to record the novels I've read and to rate them, too.