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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tom Dolby: Secret Society

Thanks to a sudden trip to the emergency room, a long wait (as things tend to get crazy in the ER during holiday weekends), and a few broken bones that rendered me helpless (and useless), I spent the weekend reading Secret Society by Tom Dolby (September 29, HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers).

Nick, Phoebe, and Lauren attend the Chadwick School, one of New York City's most prestigious prep schools.

Nick is already becoming a successful club promoter.

Phoebe is an aspiring artist.

Lauren has a passion for fashion and design.

The three are invited to join The Society, a super-secret club that insures its members a powerful future filled with success and money.

Though things start out great--with sudden success, attention, and dream-come-true moments--the new friends are forced to choose where their loyalties lie, who their real friends are, and how bad they want to succeed in their future endeavors.

I would describe this book as "The Skulls" meets "Gossip Girl," without the appeal of Joshua Jackson or Chuck Bass.

The ending seemed to come out of nowhere and felt more like an attempt to make room for a sequel instead of resolving things. It had the potential to be an exciting story, but the characters didn't seem very well developed, and there were a lot of holes in the plot.

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