SECRET SOCIETY by Tom Dolby

SECRET SOCIETY

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Already attending one of New York City’s prestigious prep schools, Nick, Phoebe and Lauren are all invited to join The Society, an exclusive secret club that places its members on the fast track to power, success and wealth. As they become more involved, each must confront divided loyalties: Nick’s best friend is preparing an exposé, Lauren’s new boyfriend is on a self-destructive path and Phoebe’s artistic success is not fully her own. Pulling from the vast field of teen literature and pop culture, Dolby’s attempted amalgamation of Gossip Girl, The Clique and Eyes Wide Shut never comes together. Half-formed relationships lead to forced character interactions, leaving readers overwhelmed by the author’s guiding hand. Phoebe’s early naïveté is a grating plot device; how many teenagers actually believe the world is fair? Nick and Lauren are stereotypes of prep-school characters, and the author makes little effort to distinguish them from the other faceless students at their school. A broad ending leaves room for sequels, though this bland attempt at suspense needs no followup. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-172162-5
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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