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Rites of Spring (Break)

Rites of Spring (Break), July 2008
Ivy League #3
by Diana Peterfreund

Featuring: Amy "Bugaboo" Haskel
384 pages
ISBN: 0385341938
EAN: 9780385341936
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"A secret society ...."

Fresh Fiction Review

Rites of Spring (Break)
Diana Peterfreund

Reviewed by Marie Toussaint
Posted September 8, 2008

Young Adult | Contemporary Chick Lit

Amy Haskel thought a week of R&R on a private island would be fun in the sun and an escape from the feud with a rival society that turned very personal. Amy bought her bikini, sunscreen and her problems with her to the private island. As graduation looms, there's the unfinished business with an old boyfriend and then there's the most pressing problem is the transformation of a Rose & Grave patriarch from evil to attractive. Just when Amy begins to think that Spring break couldn't get any less relaxing, a weird accident happens and puts everyone on edge. This is only one part of the problem, Amy comes to believe that someone has entered the island. Rose& Grave have major secrets that being threatened to be revealed and the potential fallout of these secrets have the power to take down one of America's figureheads. What Amy doesn't know is that invader goal is to make sure that Amy doesn't leave the island alive.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, when I first started reading this book. It was confusing because it jumped all over the place and didn't have a comprehensive feel to it. To me this book reads like I'm reading a book about a young girl instead of someone college aged. I had a hard time reading this book, but I liked the closeness between the members of the Rose & Grave society. They felt like they were a family. Another thing that I liked about this book is the insight that is revealed of the world of sororities and fraternities because it's not a world that I'm really familiar with.

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From "witty and endearing" to "impossible to put down," the critics have given elite marks to Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl and Under the Rose.

Now, in a wildly captivating new novel, Amy "Bugaboo" Haskel and her fellow Rose & Grave knights are trading cold, gray, hyperintellectual New Haven for an annual rite of spring (well, early March) in Florida.

For Amy, a week of R&R on her secret society's private island should be all fun in the sun--and an escape from an on-campus feud with a rival society that's turned disturbingly personal. But along with her SPF 30 and a bikini, Amy is bringing a suitcase full of issues to remote Cavador Key. Graduation from Eli University looms, not to mention buckets of unfinished business with a former flame and--most pressing of all--the sudden, startling transformation of a mysterious Rose & Grave patriarch from sheerly evil to utterly... appealing?

Just when Amy thinks Spring Break can't get any less relaxing, a wacky "accident" puts everyone on edge. And that's only the beginning, as Amy starts to suspect that someone has infiltrated the island. With some major Rose & Grave secrets to be exposed, and the potential fallout enough to take down one of America's most loathsome figureheads, what she can't know is that the party crasher is deadly serious about making sure "Bugaboo" doesn't get back to Eli alive...

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