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review: “secret society” December 9, 2009

Posted by Katie in reviews.


Secret Society by Tom Dolby.
HarperTeen // Hardcover // 352 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch all attend the prestigious Chadwick School in New York City — all of them want to be much more than they are. Enter a mysterious ceremony, a new tattoo, and three of the four are now in a secret society. The society’s goal? To further the ambitions of its members. The price? Well, they’ll just have to wait and see.

After re-reading my summary, I want to read this book all over again. But…the book’s plot and description are amazing — such potential. The writing and pacing caused it to fail.

The beginning of the book set up the characters and the ceremony to enter the secret society really interested me. And I was willing to wait it out for the answers with the characters, but unfortunately, the middle part of the book drags horribly and readers don’t get any answers by the end of the book.

I was invested in the characters and that’s what kept me reading until the end. Had I not cared about them, I probably would have put the book down — and that’s saying something, I almost always read a book I finish it. I have a gut feeling that most teens have less patience than I do.

That’s not to say that this novel is bad, by any means. The last forty pages of text had me on the edge of my seat, racing towards the end. I’m hoping that this volume was just slow to set up the story, and that the rumored sequel will help the plot achieve its full potential. I know I’ll definitely be getting the sequel from the library when it comes out.

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Tom Dolby




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