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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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