Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund

iconiconIf you follow my blog regularly and are thinking that this book never showed up in my "Reading Now" section of my sidebar, you're right.  I read this book all in one day — on Saturday, while I was spending the day doing a medical study that involved a lot of waiting around.  I finished the book before I ever got to a computer to update my current book.

Tap & Gown is the fourth book in Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series, which I've been reading lately.  Here are my reviews of the first three books:

Secret Society Girl
Under the Rose
Rites of Spring (Break)

I've also read two of her YA novels, the Killer Unicorn series, Rampant and Ascendant.  Both were good, but I especially like the witty, sarcastic sense of humor in the Secret Society Girl series.

Another thing I like about these books is the way Peterfreund addresses some really serious issues.  The first book — and, to some degree, the second — deal with sexism.  This book had a different theme: abusive behavior toward women, and how the authorities (and often the women themselves) are way too willing to look the other way or make excuses for the behavior.  It was a great way of dealing with this issue in a fictional sense, though it was difficult to read about Michelle's ex-boyfriend — he reminded me way too much of my own Evil Ex.

I love a read that is both entertaining and thought-provoking!

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