Rites of Spring (Break) is the third installment in Diana Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl Series. Amy Haskel and the rest of her “Digger” members in Eli University’s Rose & Grave secret society head to the society’s private island for spring break. Amy has had a bad spring semester with escalating pranks between Rose & Grave and another secret society, pranks that turn personal very quickly as well as the uncertain return of her former boyfriend, Brandon, so naturally, she is looking forward to a few weeks of R&R on the island. Alas, it is not to be. As soon as she and her friends arrive, strange, sinister events begin happening, including Amy almost drowning and belongings becoming defaced. And is romance with an unlikely member in the air?
Every time I get one of the books in the series, I can’t put it down. I feel so juvenile reading the series (since there is a good 10 years between me and Amy), but Peterfreund writes so well that the books are elevated beyond what they might be in the hands of a lesser writer. And frankly, I just enjoy them. Maybe it’s because they take me back to college where like Amy, I was a lit (English) major. Maybe it’s because I am intrigued by secret societies, and it is no secret that the Rose & Grave is based on Yale’s Skull and Bones (Peterfreund’s alma mater). These books are just soapy, clever fun. The worst part is that Peterfreund plans only one more book in the series 😦
My verdict: excessively diverting