Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane


Sisterhood is forever…whether you like it or not.Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane’s deliciously addictive, voyeuristic exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what happens in a sorority house.Twinsets and pearls, secrets and kinship, rituals that hold sisters together in a sacred bond of everlasting trust. Certain chaste images spring to mind when on...

Details Sorority

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Sorority

  • Tucker
    Having read news reports about hazing and other illegal activities in college fraternities but not seeing much news about sororities, I was interested in how Genevieve Sly Crane would portray them. “Sorority” is fiction but because Crane was once a sorority sister I anticipated that it would have some truth and reality in it, and if it does, it’s not a pretty picture. The sisters were cruel, judgmental, extremely self-absorbed, and none of ...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Thank you so much to Gallery Books for providing my free copy of SORORITY by Genevieve Sly Crane - all opinions are my own.Lately, I’ve been really enjoying slow-burn, character-driven stories and I thoroughly devoured this one! Crane is not afraid to shine a light on the downfalls of sorority life and unlikable characters, but does so with intensity and heart, and in such a clever way. The story centers around Margot as she is found dead. Was ...
  • Crumb
    Scandalous, Soapy, and Purrrfect! While this book definitely has it's lighter moments, it also gets pretty dark. The heavier themes include eating disorders, trichotillomania, drug use, and casual sex. A deliciously candid, inside look into a sorority house. While hazing is a normal part of Greek life, a death isn't. When the girls find one of their sisters dead one evening, it is up to them to figure out what really happened on that night. Was i...
  • Marti Newman
    To clarify some clear misunderstanding...this book is meant to be short fiction, NOT a novel. Things will not “wrap up” in the end. The amount of characters is not overwhelming nor overkill; as each story concludes, you are meant to move past the characters within it. I was haunted and intrigued as I read this book. I have never been part of a sorority, but related to some of these women on a brutally close level. Their stories are real and d...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program.A clever tale of the lives of the women in a sorority - a peek behind the hallowed doors. It reads like something from mythology, with enough realism added to be relevant. Having been involved with the Greek life in college, I was enchanted. As with a real chapter, some people will become your best friends, others you won't be able to tolerate. But their stories will stay with you long...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    A haunting (despite the last sentence) and beautiful book full of unforgettable characters. Keeping up with 24 characters (obviously that corresponds to the characters in the Greek alphabet and rooms in the house) required constant referral to the catalogue at the start (did the author borrow that from Homer?) but having now written a book with many scenes set in a girls’ dorm, I was most envious of Sly Crane’s skill in marshaling her cast. I...
  • Kristy
    The girls of the sorority house are a close-knit--if not particularly happy--group. That is until Margot's death. When she's found dead in the house, it changes things, and each girl must deal with Margot's passing and its aftermath in her own way. Well, this was a weird one. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. We are introduced to the sorority girls in the first chapter by a "chorus," who tells us who lives in each room and a ...
  • Devyn
    I received this book from Goodreads.Another Not My Cup of Tea review. Like many, I thought Sorority was a murder mystery. I thought it'd be a pretty interesting book about a sorority sister that offed another sorority sister, and now the whole feckless house is scrambling to find out who did it before more murders are committed.But, sadly, no. No murder, no plot, no fun.It turns out I can only stomach the 'Mean Girl' thing if one of them is dead ...
  • Mandy
    Good book... I hope my daughter never joins a sorority now. Scares me a bit how things go on and I know they do. I was in college and had friends in them.
  • Mikol by the sea
    I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy. People expecting a light and easy read will be disappointed. Those that want to explore a work that has gritty, honest and challenging character portrayals in a singularly unique novel format are in for a fabulous read.
  • Magdalene Brandeis
    This book is haunting, and compelling, and the writing is so beautiful and exacting it makes my toes curl. Don't miss out on a fabulous read!!
  • Stephanie
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I did not go to a college that had sororities (nor would I have tried to join one if there were), but I really enjoyed the show Greek, so that’s kind of what I was expecting from this book. However, Sorority was not at all like I anticipated. It did not really follow a typical plot structure, but was more shorter vignettes of different girls from the House. I was a litt...
  • Lisa Reads & Reviews
    Good writing with some observation gems, but I couldn't care about the characters. Would have liked at least one redemptive quality. Even moments that should have been touching, were empty. While the stories may reveal truth, novels should be entertaining, or eye-opening, or soul-nourishing--something to make the time spent reading them worthwhile. I felt depressed after reading this, sad that anyone's life can be that cold and shallow.
  • Anne
    This was an interesting look at contemporary sororities--with all the drama, friendship, betrayals, and secrets one would imagine. Fortunately it was nothing at all like the sorority I belonged to in college as apparently now drug use, rampant sex upstairs, vicious hazing, and raging parties are not much monitored so it is like one big "sister" party most of the time. (Sure, we snuck in a bottle of wine every now and then but we had a house mothe...
  • Abby
    This linked story cycle kicks off with the death of sorority sister Margot, but it's not a whodunit. Margot's demise is more of a catalyst, triggering each of the sisters we meet to act out in their own particular ways, thus revealing a new facet of the sometimes-powerful, sometimes-toxic connection among them.It's not a "woo-hoo, spring break!" book, but there's plenty of bad behavior on display, and while a lot of the characters we meet aren't ...
  • Michael Chapman
    Not a book I'd usually read, so I am pleasantly surprised. Definitely not meant to be a novel, but sort of a collection of short stories about different characters. They are tied together, but very loosely. I knew this going in, so was not disappointed. Very dark, which I liked. Realistic. Doesn't "come together" like a traditional novel would, but I tend to like books that are more edgy and experimental. Worth reading, especially if you can appr...
  • Bryant Loney
    A phenomenal examination of the cruelty and complexities of college sisterhood.
  • Jamie
    This book is not my usual hang and to be honest I thought it was going to be a trashy beach read sort of book. And yet there is a LOT of good stuff here. It's a pretty deft exploration of what it's like to be a self aware, self loathing, self harming but still self assured young woman. I'm not sure that there's a purely likable character to be found in this book - and yet that's where a lot of its charm can be found.
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for my honest review. So I might be one of the few reading this book that was never a part of a sorority or had anything to do with Greek life in college. I had friends in fraternities and sororities, but that was the extent of my involvement. When I read the synopsis for SORORITY by Genevieve Sly Crane, my curiosity (and the cover) piqued my interest. This is another one I've seen some mixed revie...
  • Kate
    This story is told in a nonlinear narrative by multiple characters. This made it a little hard to follow, but also made me want to re-read it when I finished the last page.I never wanted to be in a sorority and that's because I imagined they were all like the one in this book. Catty girls who are caught up in appearances. Frenemies, more than friends, all looking for others who can help them achieve whatever they think of as success. So, maybe I'...
  • Dana Fontaine
    The characters in sorority are very well developed. I can see the sarcastic, sad, troubled college girls trying to find their way in the world. They are trying to discover who they are while trying to remain unjaded. I feel that the characters in this book were in survival mode of the sorority. This novel kind of reminded me of Requiem for Dream. Although there was little to no plot in this book, the characters drove each chapter around the death...
  • Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
    When you find out that a member of your sorority wrote a book called sorority, you naturally have to connect with her and read her book! Also, I am so pleased to report that my local alumnae chapter’s book club is going to be reading this in September! :)This book is written as a collection of interwoven short stories, all surrounding one central incident: one of the sorority sisters is found dead. We are introduced to the inner working of this...
  • Cody Sexton
    It’s easy to blame younger generations for not being adults in the way they are supposed to be.You’re supposed to have become something by the time you leave college. It’s one of the only reasons people still enroll. There’s a promise attached to the end of a degree.But a university, for all its wonder, has become an anachronism, with many jagged edges grinding against each other at all times, while students try and maneuver through the g...
  • Miranda
    Rating 4 starsThis was a solid read for me, definitely won’t be a favorite but it’s one I’m sure could possess the ability to leave a dirty, haunting, and bewildered feeling after reading.The plot was rather shaken but I personally LOVED how it was structured, you could easily set the book down between chapters and feel almost like it had a sense of a new read each time. It flowed kinda choppy since each chapter is that of a new girl which ...
  • Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore
    Thank you to Gallery Books for my review copy of Sorority. It has taken me a couple of days to think about what I have wanted to say in my review of this book. I want to start it by saying that I was a member of a sorority my whole collegiate career and this book is in no way representative of the sorority experience I had in college or any of my other friends at different college's experiences. With that being said, I did feel that this book tou...
  • Rox
    I’m not sure which sorority this was based on, but it surely wasn’t mine!!! I’m sure each sorority has its share of boy-crazy girls, drug-dabblers, food-issues, etc., but man! Every. Single. Chick. in this book has issues. Not tiny issues, either. MEGA issues. Like - what kind of sorority attracts all of this craziness? But oh WOW, it was SUPER interesting!!!! I could relate to some of the stuff (ritual, meetings, pledging), but the rest - ...
  • Randi Robinson
    This book was not exactly what I expected. It is not a neat story of sorority life on an idyllic Northeastern college campus. It is actually more of a “true” story. It is the story of a sorority with all its warts showing, told as a series of stories set during and after college about the sisters of this sorority. The sisters were a diverse group with a prim and proper “church” girl, the girl who sleeps around, the ones who drink and do d...
  • Maddie
    Could not stand the way this was written. Don't really get the point of the book. Liked the presence of so many different women's stories but just felt like none of them were done any justice. Narration and dialogue was so choppy ugh just not good.
  • D
    I received a copy of this very well written story from Goodreads. It is really a series of rather fascinating vignettes about a fictional New England college sorority. Humorous, melancholy, and occasionally shocking, you will remember reading about the sorority sisters for quite some time.