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Rites of Spring (Break) by Diana Peterfreund

Rites of Spring (Break)

by Diana Peterfreund

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What Amy Haskel thought would be her best (and last) year at prestigious Eli University has been crazier than she could have ever imagined. After being tapped into the uber-secret Rose & Grave secret society she's dealt with:1. disgruntled patriarchs who think adding girls to the society will be it's downfall2. fellow society brothers who have no qualms about publishing society secrets; breaking several oaths in the processSo Amy hasn't exactly had much breathing room or time to work on her thesis for that matter. By the time Spring Break rolls around, Amy is more than ready for some R&R at the private Rose & Grave island, Cavador Key. Only she's not about to escape the ever-present R&G intrigue including threats of exposure even as she's eyeballing a particular patriarch who is looking less annoying and suddenly ever more appealing. *rubs hands together*I don’t know why it took me so long to return to the Secret Society Girl series. Sure, I enjoyed reading about Amy’s escapades with her Rose & Grave brothers in Secret Society Girl and Under the Rose, but the previous two books just didn’t grab me in an unforgettable way. I could also attribute my reticence for continuing on the fact that the cover of Rites of Spring (Break) looks suspiciously like a fluffy gossip girl read and I was less than inclined to pick it up on that base alone. Shame on me for judging by the cover and all that nonsense.And now? Well, after reading about 20 pages of Amy’s story, my backside was so sore from kicking myself that I don’t think I can sit down for a week. Natch. I had forgotten just how intelligent, how layered, and ultimately just how much fun Amy and the crew are. Not to mention the genius inclusion of numerous lists, charts, and footnotes (of all things) right in the middle of the book that, if anything, were enough to make my inner OCD organizer fall madly in love. Who else but Diana Peterfreund could break up one of the hottest scenes(!!) I've read in a long time with Amy's list on why she shouldn't be in said situation and not have me completely put out but actually loving every bit of it? No one else, that's who. So why has it taken me so long to return to Amy, the Diggers and the all-encompassing drama of Eli? I have no idea. But return I did and I couldn’t have been more pleased. And, I hereby confess it will not take me half as long to pick up Tap & Gown. ( )
  mmillet | Dec 14, 2009 |
The third book in Diana Peterfreund's Ivy League series is not as good as the 2nd in the series, but slightly better than the first. In Rites of Spring (Break), Amy and her fellow Diggers go on vacation to an exclusive, hidden island meant for use by Rose and Grave members only. I don't remember a whole lot of what happened in this book, but the plot involves deadly pranks, more tension from anti-female Patriarchs, and a very, very surprising hook-up (hey, it's Spring Break!). Fun book, especially if you read it on the beach or by the pool. ( )
  ChicGeekGirl21 | Nov 7, 2009 |
Another Yale-set novel I didn't like. Make that "Eli University" in New Haven. Maybe that 1969 rejection is biasing my thinking. The secret society goings-on seemed pointless. ( )
  ennie | Oct 23, 2009 |
The second half of Amy Haskel’s senior year at Eli University isn’t going so well. For one thing, she was recognized as a Rose & Grave member by a rival secret society they were performing a prank on, and thus bears the brunt of much hazing—hazing that even tangles with her romantic past. So it’s with some relief that Amy joins some fellow Diggers on a private island for spring break.

However, it’s not just the water that holds danger for the swimming-handicapped Amy. It appears that someone has infiltrated the island and is trying to sabotage Digger traditions. Amy just wants to forget about the outside world as she enjoys a new possible romance with an old foe, but when the attacks turn personal, she knows she can’t look the other way anymore.

Even a thousand miles away from the cold and hallowed grounds of Eli University, Diana Peterfreund’s IVY LEAGUE novels are still just as good. There’s still romance, mystery, danger, and intelligent bantering to satisfy readers.

I very much enjoyed the romance that was developed in RITES OF SPRING (BREAK), especially as I thought from the first book that it was coming sooner or later. Indeed, Diana Peterfreund skillfully drops hints about future events throughout this book. While occasionally it gets to the point where I think it’s overkill, the hints will not bother a less discerning reader, nor does it take away from my overall enjoyment of this novel.

I haven’t said much that I haven’t already said about previous books in the IVY LEAGUE series, but the third book in this series is still as strong as ever. This series is one that I wish will never end. ( )
  stephxsu | Aug 5, 2009 |
Finally, Amy ends up kissing the boy I've liked all along! Pure beachy fun, I'd give to fans of the first. ( )
  francescadefreitas | Jun 19, 2009 |
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Fans of Beautiful Disaster will devour Diana Peterfreund’s Ivy League novels—Secret Society Girl, Under the Rose, Rites of Spring (Break), and Tap & Gown. At an elite university, Amy Haskel has been initiated into the country’s most notorious secret society. But in this power-hungry world where new blood is at the mercy of old money, hooking up with the wrong people could be fatal.
A week of R&R on her Rose & Grave’s private island should be all fun in the sun—and an escape from an on-campus feud with a rival society that’s turned disturbingly personal. But Amy is bringing a suitcase full of issues to Florida. Graduation from Eli University looms, not to mention unfinished business with a former flame and the confusing transformation of a mysterious Rose & Grave patriarch from sheer evil to dead sexy.
Just when Amy thinks Spring Break can’t get any less relaxing, a distressing accident puts everyone on edge. And that’s only the beginning. It seems that someone has infiltrated the island. There are major Rose & Grave secrets at stake—secrets which could take down one of America’s most loathsome figureheads—but this party crasher is serious about one thing: making sure Amy doesn’t get back to Eli alive.

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