Pretty, Nasty, Lovely

Sisterhood has a price . . .

Pledging to Theta Pi at Merriwether University seemed to offer Emma Danelski a passport to friendship, fun, and popularity. But the excitement of pledge training quickly fades, as does the warmth of her so-called sisters. What’s left is a stifling society filled with petty rules, bullying, and manipulation. Most haunting are the choices Emma makes in the wake of another sorority sister’s suicide . . .

It doesn’t matter that no one else needs to know what Emma did, or how vastly different life at Theta House is from the glossy image it projects. Emma knows. And now, with her loyalties tested, she must decide which secrets are worth keeping and how far she’ll go to protect them—and herself . . .

I had the opportunity to experience two different kinds of sororities in college. The first one I joined had the pretty outward image but once you got involved I quickly learned that beauty truly was only skin deep. We luckily didn’t have anyone commit suicide but I also didn’t stick around long enough to be part of any other felony like behavior which turned out to be a good thing because they ended up getting into TONS of trouble during my time at the university. The second one, and where I met my true lifelong sisters who are still involved in my life today, was the complete opposite and were exactly what sorority life claims it wants to be about. Based on my experiences Noonan did a fairly good job of creating a realistic portrayal of the dark side of ‘some’ Greek life.

Speaking of dark side…

This novel is rough, not like bad writing rough, more like at times I felt like I needed a mental shower rough because she really goes for the jugular and she starts in chapter one where no punches are held back.

Despite that there is something addicting about needing to know how this is all going to play and where Noonan is taking you. The pace runs fast which is a good thing because the characters don’t feel fully developed and the story feels like at times she wrote it on notecards tossed them in the air then just put the story in order of what card she caught first then next and so on.

Normally with all the issues I would be severely irritated to have spent my time on this BUT the suspense, twists and back half of the book make up for the pitfalls. She is handling a highly sensitive issue of suicide particularly on the college campus level which has become more prevalent or at least a spotlight is being shown on it more today than in years past. I was happy with how she handled those rougher aspects of the story as it was done respectfully and like she was trying to call attention to this growing problem.

It’s not a perfect book but it is one worth your time.

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to review this book.

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*synopsis and image from Netgalley

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