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Secret Society (Secret Society #1)

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,223 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aug 04, 2009 Jazz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I often wonder how some books become published. Secret Society would be torn apart (figuratively. Well, maybe literally, too.) in even an introduction to fiction class. The narration changes between four characters, often in the same scene, making the action difficult to follow.

Dolby skips crucial scenes that would let readers connect with characters. One subplot is about Lauren who meets Alejandro. A couple sentences tell us Alejandro gives Lauren an extravagant birthday present and a few chapt
Sep 11, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Secret Society we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City. Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up and coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker. There is something else about these students that make them special, three of these students have gained the interest of The Society.

The Society is a secret group of people that’s mi
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A group of teens in Manhattan join an exclusive, secret society, one which is about to change their lives forever. For the better or worse.

This book started out okay, but went downhill fairly quickly.

I didn’t really like any of the characters, they were all pretty stupid at points, and didn’t seem to really understand the ramifications of joining this secret society. They seemed to quite happily go along to some random address, get a tattoo, and then take the
Mar 05, 2014 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Secret Society was an okay read at first, but it started to drag after a few chapters.

There wasn't any characters that i liked. They were all quite stupid, naive, and annoying.
Phoebe was probably the worst one. She was new, but knew all about Lauren being the bitchiest person at the school... so why would she follow her to an address she doesn't know?
It could have all been a horrible prank!

The pacing was really slow, and by the time i got halfway, i just wanted the book to end.
It picked up a l
Mar 31, 2013 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my blog, The Writer Diaries.

Tom Dolby makes his YA debut with this novel about a dangerous, elite society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.

You’re in it. For life.

I recently became very antiquated with Books A Millions aisle of everything on sale, and picked this up for a meager three buckeroos.

Secret Society follows four students from the elite Chadwick Prep - Lauren, Phoebe, Nick, and Patch. Phoebe, Lauren, and Nick are all invited to join the Society, a secret society
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Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka "Harlequin Twilight" for

In SECRET SOCIETY, we follow the lives of four students from Chadwick Prep, one of the most elite prep schools in New York City. Phoebe is the eccentric new girl in town, Nick is the up-and-coming member of one of the wealthiest families in New York, Lauren is the budding socialite, and Patch is an amateur filmmaker. There is something else about these students that make them special - three of them have gained the interes
Aug 23, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best pieces of fiction I have read all year! From start to finish the anticipation that I felt throughout the novel made this a quick page turner. The world of the Upper East Side and a historical evil secret collide in a dramatic telling that left me on the edge of my seat. Think Gossip Girl meets The Davinci Code! I can only hope this is the first installment of a new, upcoming and might I add, best selling series! Get Initiated!!
May 15, 2016 Jacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Secret Society was just an okay book for me, thus the 2 star rating(honestly I feel like this book deserves more of a 1.5 rating). I initially DNF-ed this book years ago because the story failed to capture my attention. Reading this book many years later, I realise why. The story is pretty flat, the characters were not memorable ones. The premise was pretty interesting though, and I would be lying if I said I did not enjoy some of the parts. Surprisingly, I preferred the first half of the book r ...more
Everyone knows that society splits itself into two groups-- the "In Group" and everyone else. But what if the "In" group went deeper than just old money and good looks? Prepare to be initiated into a society in New York that's only been whispered about for hundreds of years...

What should have been yet another YA novel about the upper-crest teens in a big city turned out to be much, much more. Though Dolby only skimmed the surface in this book, he left us with enough tiny hints and interesting t
Apr 30, 2009 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gee. Yet another book about rich prep school kids getting everything handed to them. How original.

It's Skull and Bones, peanut version but with some estrogen. The whole Egyptian involvement is completely contrived and never really explained. I understand we're hopping around behind the eyes of the noobs to the group but as far as I'm concerned, these guys thought the Egyptians were cool and decided to use their logos for their club. By the end of the book, they could have been pirates for all it
Jan 16, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure it is possible for a more contrived story to exist. Nothing about this book felt natural or real. A whole ton of things didn't make sense.

The premise of the story was actually quite good: A secret society that recruits fabulously wealthy High School Juniors and then makes all their dreams come true. The teens take their place in the society and they all work together to keep the rich of the world as rich as possible.

The narrative switches between four students all of which 'sound' e
Nov 08, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phoebe Dowling and her mother have just moved to Manhattan. She came from LA. Phoebe is used to being around privileged, rich kids but nothing like the ones at her new school, Chadwick.

Nicholas “Nick” Bell comes from money. His parents are always reminding him that there is a certain image he has to maintain. Nick doesn’t care about that. He is actually bored of hanging with the rich kids. In fact he throws parties just so he has something to do, which in turns makes everything thing he is the
Oct 25, 2011 Katelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Tom Dolby knows how to write for all audiences. Throughout the book readers get to hear from multiple points of view. Guys and girls and I've got to say, he pulled it all off. He talked about NYC nightlife, fashion and the boutiques to hit up that have the best vintage finds, politics, etc... It was a good mixture for all audiences. I enjoyed the descriptions and throughout the experience I felt as though I was taking a unique tour of NYC and all it has to offer from a local's perspective.

When c
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Aug 13, 2009 Sab H. (YA Bliss) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'll be desperate for a sequel! The book was good, but the ending was awesome! What is it with these new books and incredible endings? I kept thinking in the middle of the book that it was kind of boring, but at some point it got me and I enjoyed the final parts where you finally understand what the book is about.

The writing was great, the story was told from four different points of view. But, it could be kind of confusing sometimes. The characters were not the best, hard to relate. The plot
You may wonder why I choose to include this book in a series of "Halloween" reviews. But I think what makes it stand out from the other rich kids behaving badly books is the horror element: bad things happen to people who cross the Society. For those who like this genre, SECRET SOCIETY is probably fast-paced and interesting. For me, I really only liked Patch, who becomes an outsider when his best friend is tapped and he isn't. Then he makes a series of dumb mistakes and at the end I completely d ...more
Stephanie Kerr
Secret Society is told from four different points of view: Nick, Pheobe, Lauren, and Patch. This book is about a secret society that helps its members get ahead in their careers, which would be great, if it weren't for the dangerous secrets and lies surrounding the society.

I recieved this book free through Goodreads First Reads. I like the idea of a book about a secret society, but I didn't like that it was told from four different points of view or that it didn't have a main protagonist. I als
If it's not the Masons, it must be the Catholic Church... or perhaps it's ZOG... or, well, there has to be some secret society running things, right? Making lives smoother for members, amassing incredible wealth, etc.. Unfortunately, this book reads like Gossip Girl meets Skull and Bones, with maybe a little Frankie Landau-Banks thrown in. The references are a little too hip (by which I mean already almost out-of-date) and one character has a "headband screwed on a little too tight" (Blair, anyo ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a TERRIBLE book. Don't ever read it.
Aug 07, 2015 Emeebee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Short version: I didn't like this book. If you want a great YA book with similar elements - prep school and secret societies - pick up The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

Long version: As far as I could tell prior to opening this book it had everything going for it. I love me some New York City socialites, exclusive prep schools, and Secret Societies... I couldn't see how I wouldn't like this book.
But it was awful.
The writing wore me down and about halfway through (I
Jul 30, 2009 stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
good, not great, though the ending picked up and made me think this would be a good series.

am writing the publisher about a wrong psych diagnosis, that i hope will be fixed, or i am going to be quite upset. it gets enough bad press on its own without people interpreting it wrong.

more later, in a rush.
Amaya Fuller
The book "Secret Society" by Tom Dolby, is about a group of teens that get picked to join this secret society. The society promised to help the four teens too get more known and a great lavish life. The four teens : Phoebe, Lauren, Nick and Patch, are so inclined with the group that they don't notice that it all comes with consequences. People in the group start to come up dead and missing. Phoebe, Lauren, Nick and Patch all find out in the long-run that the deaths and missing people are all the ...more
Jun 24, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh...instead of this story, read Alexandra Robbins' "Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power".
Sep 08, 2009 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
Janelle Dazzlepants
I purchased this book online several years ago, needing something to fill the void during hiatus in the Pretty Little Liars series. I was on a chick lit secret society roll, and this book sounded like it hit all the right spots. And it would have….if I were younger.

I’m a 20-something reading young adult fiction, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I love how quick and entertaining young adult reads can be, and how they spirit you away to a world where the everyday bullshit and stress doesn’t matte
Sep 29, 2009 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would really rate this around a 2.5. Not quite a 3.
This book was somewhat a disappointment for me. I was so looking forward to it but as I read I kept wanting to hurry the story along. I’ve always had a fascination with secret societies, the part they play in the larger world and what sort of rituals they used. Combine this with my love of YA books I thought it sounded like the perfect read. The biggest negative point was the pacing of the book. It really dragged and I kept hoping for somethin
Nov 05, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
Secret Society is another one of those books that I have heard a lot of bad things about. Most of the reviews I read for it said it didn't live up to it's full potential. I do agree with them on that point but I still really liked the book.

Secret Society is the first book in a new YA series by Tom Dolby. I don't know when the next book is going to be released but I can't wait because the end of this one really left me with quite a few unanswered questions. I guess that's not a bad way to get peo
I hate it when you spend all this time working on a review and then the internet decides it hates you and you lose everything.

The Society follows four students from Chadwick Prep, Pheobe, Lauren, Nick and Patch. Phoebe, Laren and Nick are all invited to join the Society, a secret society in New York City that only the fifteen elite are invited to each year. At first the Society seems innocent enough but as time passes things become more and more sinister.

The book opens with a death and then move
Mar 08, 2011 CrystalBookSnob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewd
Since I have been reading fantasy book after fantasy book, Secret Society was a welcomed change. I enjoyed every part of this book: the streets of New York, the underground clubs, the indie clothing stores and a secret society that four teenagers joined and they have no idea why. The only thing they know is that everything that happens with the society must be kept an absolute secret. They're not supposed to even tell their parents! It's great that the story is never focused around one character ...more
Oct 06, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as a giveaway and read it one day when I was at home sick. It was a fast, mildly entertaining read. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but the pace picked up and continued to speed up as it raced toward the ending.

My biggest problem with the book is that I really didn't care about any of the main characters, with the possible exception of Patch and his grandma. Maybe it's because they just didn't seem well developed or real. For a while I kept getting some of them mixed
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Tom Dolby's new series from HarperCollins, Secret Society, debuted in October 2009, and includes the novels Secret Society and The Trust. Tom is the author of the bestselling novel The Trouble Boy and the boarding school novel The Sixth Form. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tom was born in London and raised in San Francisco, and i ...more
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