I’ve been looking forward to reading this since I had Jodie on my blog for her debut book, THE GIRLFRIEND REQUEST!
by Jodie Andrefski
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
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.
Sam wasn’t always a sympathetic character–there were times that I did feel very badly for her, with her horrible family situation and the extreme bullying she has to endure at school from her ex-best friend, but then at other times she began to take things a bit too far and didn’t know when to say when. Her moral compass definitely went off kilter, and I just wanted to give her a good shake to snap her out of it. Fortunately, she pulls herself back away from the edge at the end and definitely learns a valuable lesson…and the Society is defunct at last.
Or is it…?
Jeremy was a great best friend to her throughout and tried to be the voice of reason, though he didn’t always have much success. He added much to the story, though, not the least of which was a sweet friends-to-maybe-lovers subplot, with only a few minor detours.
We are left with a few loose-ish ends at the novel’s conclusion–does Jessica ever accept Sam’s apology? Does Sam reconcile with her dad? Is Aunt Loretta’s medical issue finally cured?–that I was fairly content with imagining happy outcomes for, because that’s what I do 🙂 I really liked the variety of quotes that the author started each chapter with–it was a fun touch, and really set the scene for the upcoming section.
Overall I enjoyed the time I spent reading this one. It wasn’t without its problems, but Ms. Andrefski’s heart is definitely in the right place in regards to the message she is trying to convey through it.
Rating: 4 stars / B
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author:
Jodie Andrefski lives in a tiny town in PA that no one has ever heard of with her teenage daughter. She received her BS in Secondary English Education from Penn State, then taught a few years before changing focus and going back to school for her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Andrefski always loved both reading and writing, and wrote for several websites and magazines before deciding to write novels. She writes YA Contemporary, most of which involves at least some kissing. The Society is her second novel with Entangled Teen.
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