Secret Society Girl Diana Peterfreund Book Review

As of this juncture, I am pretty sure I will love anything Diana Peterfreund writes. Seriously, my life was totally missing something without Secret Society Girl, the first of Diana Peterfreund’s Ivy League series. GUYS! There is college! Secret societies! Feminism! A spirited, smart mouthed main character! This is THE book for me, I can’t even articulate my love.

Secret Society Girl Diana Peterfreund Book Cover

Secret Society Girl

At prestigious Eli College (a fictional Ivy), campus is dotted with secret societies.  Getting in pads your resume and introduces you to a super wide network, so it’s kind of a big deal to join one of these Secret Societies. The most elite of these societies is Rose And Grave who decide to tap junior Amy Haskel for unknown reasons. Amy as well as a few other women are the first females to ever be tapped for Rose And Grave. Controversy ensues and it’s up to Amy and her pledge class to find a solution.

Y’all, I cannot. Amy’s my ideal character and it’s super hard for me to describe without dancing from foot to foot to hereby confess my love for her. She is brainy with a smart mouth. She doesn’t let anyone walk all over her. She gets some action! Amy has a strong friendship with her roommate Lydia and doesn’t drop the relationship for whatever else comes along, I admire that.

I am also glad that Diana Peterfreund tackles friends with benefits in Secret Society Girl. Hasn’t everyone had one of those? Yet I don’t read about them often. Diana Peterfreund’s portrayal of when things get awkward and when one person wants to take it to relationship status reads as very accurate and authentic. Although, to be perfectly honest, I was hoping that Amy would hook up with another character.

After finishing Secret Society Girl, when I got home, I rushed out and bought the kindle version of the next book, Under The Rose. Y’all, I am so pumped up to read the hell out of this series. Yes, it’s a little older, but if you want New Adult that’s kind of light, CHECK THIS BOOK OUT. It’s utterly superb and deserves way more readers.

Disclosure: Borrowed from local library.

Other reviews of Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund:

The Crooked Shelf – “The best part of the book? GIRL POWER

The Book Smugglers – “impossible to put down once started

Kate’s Tales Of Books And Bands – “I guarantee you will not be disappointed

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I am definitely going to need to get a copy of this book. I LOVED For Darkness Shows the Stars and I also love new adult and secret societies, so Secret Society Girl sounds right up my alley.

    Great review, April. 🙂

  2. I herby confess this book is THE FUCKING BOMB. holla! muchly excited to see this review because yes! feminism! smashing the patriarchy! being basically so awesome it hurts! YAY!


      Carla, I cannot even explain all of my love for this book and my excitement that I have 3 more to read in this series. YAY YAY YAY for things to actually look forward to!

  3. A couple of my former students have been telling me to read this book for a couple years now. They LOVE it. I’m pretty sure this is the book they read every year before their annual dual-family spring break trip. I’m going to let them know about this review b/c they’ll love it! 🙂

  4. Sounds pretty awesome! Thanx for the review! Happy Friday! 😉

  5. Fantastic! I’ve wondered how these were. I’m not a huge fan of spoiled rich kid stories usually, but I hoped Diana would do something more awesome than Prep or Gossip Girl. Glad to know SHE DOES.

  6. You had me at “college.” I love reading about characters at post-secondary institutions. Add in secret societies and feminism, and I am so there!

  7. Awesome review for an awesome series!! Love hearing that other readers love this series just as much as I do!! I read them every year, and still crack up at Amy!!

  8. LOVE new adult lit! And secret societies. There’s so many ways you can take them and they’re always controversial. Great review and looking forward to reading this series!

  9. I’m suddenly seeing this series EVERYWHERE and I must read it. Everyone, you included, makes it sound excellent!

    • I wonder if this series is starting to gain traction because of For Darkness Shows The Stars. I know I read it because I loved FDSTS and wanted more of Peterfreund’s writing. I hope it does see a resurgence of popularity. You should definitely read it!

  10. You’ve convinced me!

  11. I have never heard about this series but it sounds pretty awesome I’m going to try to check this one out!
    I’m glad you loved it.

  12. Hmm, I hadn’t even heard of these. On the list now!

  13. Ahh! I must get to this sooner. Angie lent it to me months ago. Thanks for the review.

  14. Oooo I love Diana’s books but I haven’t read these yet…I must! This sounds awesome and very much like something I will love. Great review, April!

  15. My friend Katelyn recommended this one to me but I have yet to check it out. I think I should do that because it sounds so good!

  16. I seriously love this series!!!! I am so obsessed!! It’s really good. I’ve read them all except, “Tap and Gown.” I’m so glad that other people love it too! 🙂

  17. Yep, this is definitely going on my TBR list. I’m so excited to hear about more and more books set in college and this one sounds PERFECT.


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