Saturday, July 21, 2012

Book Review: Pledged

Author: Alexandra Robbins
Title: Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
Description: Robbins spends a year following for sorority sisters on a college campus. The sororities were worried about publicity, so she had to go “undercover.” The picture that emerges is not a flattering one for most mainstream sororities.
Writing style: Excellent narrative non-fiction. The four girls’ stories are tracked through the school year, but in each chapter, Robbins also widens her focus to discuss the national picture regarding sorority issues such as sex, body image, drinking, and charity work.
Audience: If you like narrative non-fiction, this book is for you.
Major ideas: Sororities could be a force for good (witness most minority sororities), but are instead social clubs and money-making ventures.
Wrap-up: I brought six other books on vacation but finished this one first. 4/5*

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