UNDER THE ROSE: AN IVY LEAGUE NOVEL
(SEQUEL TO THE SECRET SOCIETY GIRL)
ISBN# (10): 0-385-34003-6/ (13): 978-0-385-34003-8
July 3, 2007
Bantam Dell Publishing (Division of Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Paperback (Delta Trade Paperback)
$10.00 U.S./$13.00 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Amy Haskel is now a senior and anxious to be a part of the first class of Diggers. When she begins to hold a more personal interest for George, it appears the Diggers fear she may weaken their society and someone will end up getting hurt.
George Harrison Prescott begins to spend time with Amy. His term for ‘student activities’ had always meant a private affair.
Amy is a Digger and member of a super-cool group. With the start of the senior year, it appears there is much already going on with special receptions, parties, and brunches, just to name a few. Out of the blue, things take a spin within the group that leaves some unanswered questions. The female members are alerted about a traitor amidst them, not to mention a crisis with money and then an email where they are faced with a strict warning. Amy’s senior year never looked so full. Her ex, Brandon Weare, who moved on in his life with a new girl and has not bothered to really speak to her in over a month, decides to call. Then there is Jennifer Santos, another Digger. Amy begins to have doubts if Jennifer really loves or hates being there among them. Something about campus life does not appear to go as smoothly as Amy would prefer. The time she spends with George is soon questioned. Others suspect her fling could damage the Diggers. While searching for answers, Amy is pressed for time, while keeping her life in tact.
Under the Rose is certainly a story that grasps the reader and takes them on a stirring tale, among many well-drawn characters, that it is sometimes hard to decipher who is friend or foe. Amy is brilliant, in the way she goes about in her research, to learn who wishes to cause their group to crumble, while doing her own deciphering over George and Brandon. Ms. Peterfreund depicts her characters in a way that one can quickly identity with their personalities, and either love or hate them. There are many twists and turns, that I often thought I had it all figured out, to find another obstacle put in place that changes courses immediately. Her clever plot, tight dialogue and often amusing situations make this a pleasurable read.
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