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Title: The Society
Author: Jodie Andrefski
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.
You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.
Do you have what it takes?
It’s time to find out.
Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.
All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.
Let the games begin.
When I first saw The Society, I was really intrigued. It is all about revenge, one of my favourite topics, and set at a private school, something else that I love! However, as I got into the book, the main character started to annoy me. She makes some really bad decisions and has a habit of taking things too far.
The Society is another one of those good old revenge books, which is probably why I was so drawn to it! I love the humour that comes with the plotting and execution of the plans. This book is all about the creation of a new fake Society to get back at the leader of the real Society. Just reading about all the computer hacking and sneaking around had me nervous for the characters. Suspenseful books like these are exactly the ones that I love.
I really enjoyed the school setting in The Society. For some reason, school settings are among my favourites. I feel like these books are more relatable because we all know what it’s like to be in the characters’ positions. In this book, the main character makes use of the resources at school to hide her connection to her own Society and publicly humiliate her ex-best friend. I found it really interesting how the author took the time to describe how careful Sam is to cover her tracks. This is more realistic than other revenge books I’ve read, and I really admired that.
Though I enjoyed the rest of the book, I had some problems with the main character. I understand that this is a revenge book and that Sam has every right to be mad at her enemy, but I feel like she was a bit too extreme. When making her plans, she even had a friend tell her that it was too much and that she shouldn’t go through with it, but she didn’t listen. During the book, Sam makes some really bad decisions, as most characters do, but she also takes things a little bit too far. She is so caught up in her own schemes that she doesn’t focus on the things that matter most, like her friends. This frustrated me, but I kept reading to see if she would start realizing the severity of her revenge.
The Society is a revenge book with a school setting. I enjoyed so much about the book, but unfortunately, the main character bothered me. I would still recommend this book if you are fine with some drama and poor decisions, however, because everything else in the book is really engaging.