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Sorority Sisters

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  83 reviews
In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, four young women found each other in the same sorority pledge class. Through parties and pranks; finals and skipped classes; boyfriends and break-ups, they forge a bond that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break. Now they’re sisters. And with sisters, i ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Berkley
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May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Breaking news: I am happy to report that I have found it! Sorority Sisters, by Claudia Welch, is the book I have been looking and waiting for. Let me explain...every year beginning in May I start looking for 'THE' summer read. It needs to have great 3-dimensional characters, a memorable (and believable) plot, and in general be a fun read. As the weather gets warmer I like to plant myself outside with a book as I work on saying 'Bon Voyage' to my pasty skin. I always search for a fun summer read ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I liked the story but I think there were way to many characters and it became somewhat muddled. Also, I had to keep going back and forth between chapters to figure out who was who. "The Exclusives" would have been a catchier title for the book.
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
The characters Welch creates are interesting and likeable, and she effectively captures the music and mores of the 1970s. But for more than half the book I was an observer moving through various stages of interest rather than a reader caught up in a story that kept me eagerly turning pages. Too many scenes struck me as superficial. Readers who share the sorority experience may find it easier to relate to the characters than I did. Sororities were outlawed at my college, and my years teaching at ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The year is 1975.

Laurie is looking for girl power, even if it means she has to find it at University of Los Angeles's sorority house, Beta Pi. Karen is a prim and proper lady. She does what her mother wants her to do. This is why she joined Beta Pi. Her mother felt she should have lots of friends. Ellen was meant to be a sorority girl. She lives for the parties and drinking. Finally there is Diane. Diane is in ROTC, besides being a Beta Pi. This is because, she almost flunked college and her fa
Rosemary Stoneman
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book was very sweet with its sisterly bond between the four main heroines. I found this book enjoyable but it did not keep me glued to it like other books have. But that is not to say you could not get sucked into the lives of these for best friends. Karen, Laurie, Diane, and Ellen were all realistic and are all characters that we could probably say we know in real life. Karen I would have to was my favorite among the girls but al
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vacation-read
This will definitely be a filler inner until I am ready to read something with more meat - but I need a brainless book for a bit.

Didn't think I would like this book but I ended up really enjoying it. Following college sorority sisters through their 4 years of college in the 70's had it's funny moments and sad moments. They grew together through college and the original 4 that the story built around added a few more close girlfriends by the end of college. Their lives were tangled together throug
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nookbooks, read-2013
This author was obviously in a sorority. She captured the bond of sisterhood in a real way. So often sorority women are portrayed as mindless bubbleheads, but she showed all the facets of real sorority women. For readers who never pledged, this is a beautifully written story of friendship over time...something every woman can relate to. But for those of us who are sisters, it's walk down memory lane, a celebration of greek life and sisterhood, and a reminder to my call my girls once in awhile be ...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All women have to read this book.

The 'sisters' in this story are powerful, provative as they go through lifes' ups and downs.

You'll laugh, cry, get angry...but, through it all, you will want this women in your life.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, I,was never in a sorority but it reminded me of my best friends and of college. What a sweet story!
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-review-pile
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I read this book but it certainly wasn’t the story that I got.

This story follows four sorority sisters as they make their way through their college years back in the 70’s and then follows them after their college years. It shows how their friendships started, how they were tested and then how they lasted. I’ve never been in a sorority so it was really cool to read this story and live the Greek life vicariously through Ellen, Karen, Diane and Laurie. Through
Laura Kay Bolin
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

It begins in 1975, four girls pledge Beta PI. Each girl is joining the sorority for different reasons:

Karen-her mother said so. Her mother told her it would be a great way to make girlfriends and Karen tends to do whatever her mother tells her to do.

Laurie-is looking to make some girlfriends and ok let’s be honest she wants to accidently on purpose bump into her summer beau, Pete. Pete just happens to be in one of the fraternities the Beta Pi’s socialize w
Romancing the Book
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Oh. My. Goodness. If it were possible for me to just say I ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN’ LOVED IT, YOU MUST ALL GO GET A COPY NOW and be done with my review, that’d be my review. But since that doesn’t work, let me just say that this is a book that I will re-read at least once a year just so that I can rejoin the girls upon their journey through Rush, college life, romances, and then adulthood.

There are no
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Having been in a sorority myself, I'm always interested in reading sorority fiction. Sorority Sisters begins in the 1970's and includes some 70's references which I thought added to the story. Sororities often follow old rituals and while reading I recognized some from when I pledged in 2007. I love when I can identify with a story. I also learned some new things, for example, where flowers with a candle with an engagement ring is passed around and whoever blows out the candle is the newly engag ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
This was an almost-had-to-force-myself-to-finish read. The first two-thirds of the book was just boring. I kept waiting for something - anything - to happen. I mean, a group of young women in college in the 70's... bring on the over-the-top drama. But no. It was just the dating trials and tribulations of four girls. Yawn.

There was also a disbelief factor for me. These girls were attending college and obtaining 4-year degrees but what they were really majoring in was Finding a Husband 101. (Or a
Nancy Mills
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I learned about this book during my sorority reunion this year and I must say, this book brought back some good memories. I read this by the pool while on vacation. Perfect book to read while on vacation!

The four major characters in this book attended school during the same timeframe that I went to school. Everyone joins a sorority for different reasons, but the friendships that are formed become lifelong friendships. The characters truly become a "family". Just as true in real sorority life.

Sue Seligman
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Sue by: read about it on Goodreads
I read about this book here on Goodreads, and I put in a request at the library. This is women's literature at its best. The novel is about four women and their friends who meet in college when they pledge the same sorority. The plot is described by each of the main characters, and I always enjoy this type of writing when we are allowed to experience the events from the unique perspective of each indidvidual. The time frame follows the women through college and beyond, and we see how they are af ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whether or not you've ever been in a sorority, this novel will resonate. If you have, the descriptions of college sorority life will bring smiles and nods of familiarity. If not, you can likely relate to the development and maintenance of friendships that are nurtured over the years. Welch's novel will make readers laugh, cry, and long for a group of friends that stick together through thick and thin.
SUMMARY: Four women join a sorority in 1975, each for her own unique reason. Laurie's home life
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! I laughed. I cried (multiple times). I fell in love with all these girls and could identify with all of them at different parts throughout the story. It had me re-living some of my memories from my college days. It had me appreciating my girl friends and wondering how all our lives were going to play out over the next few years.

The book follows four main characters over about 30 years of their life. It follows them through their college days to adulthood. It had me g
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Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
SORORITY SISTERS was a story told by the point of four different girls that pledged Beta Pi at ULA in 1975. The book read almost like a journal. I enjoyed the stories of love, loss, forgiveness and friendship that was told throughout the book. I loved having a different point of view, and being able to feel all the emotions from all the girls. You will cheer them on, laugh with them, cry with them and at the end you feel like you were part of an “exclusive” group. SORORITY SISTERS took us throug ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
Apparently, I'm a huge fan of books about female friendship that stands the test of time. This one reminds me of Summer Sisters (Judy Blume), Best Friends (Martha Moody), and Commencement (J. Courtney Sullivan) -- all of which I devoured. The characters were engaging in equal measure (strangely enough, I didn't have a favorite, and I'm one who generally picks favorites among a cast of characters). I thought switching narrators among the cast of characters was effective, although it might have be ...more
Jennifer Decamp
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This is light, wonderful fluff -- an easy weekend read. But underneath sometimes-too-predictable plot is the story's true heart: real, lasting friendship. It was easy to identify with pieces of all the characters and probably even easier as a sorority girl. The brief glimpse into sorority life brought back my memories (rush, pledging, moving in), but the women's bond extends beyond just those formed in the Greek system. It's been 12 years since I graduated, my group is spread out on two continen ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a book club selection - while I think the author got a lot right with the sorority elements of the book, and I think the story got stronger as the book got closer to the end, I was disappointed overall by this one. It's definitely yet another book almost exclusively focused on finding a guy, getting married, and having babies - it would have been great for one of the main characters to be a person of color, or gay, or maybe just decide that it was okay to live by herself. I think this b ...more
Diane Sallans
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the story of four young women (plus several supporting characters) starting college in LA in 1975 who become Sorority sisters. Each chapter is told from the POV of one of the four main characters. That was sometimes harder to keep track of so I'd have to go back & reference the chapter title (which was one of their names) and then the character description on the cover flap. The story line continues for 25 years thru their adult lives. Took me a while to connect with them, but now I ...more
Michelle Molinari
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry to say I had a hard time finishing this book. I was so excited to read about girls who "get it" and what I got was a slow paced, hard to follow, book that needed more spice. The four characters all have the same voice so when POV chances each chapter you have to go back and remind yourself who's-who (unless you read it all in a day or two, time I just don't have). I skipped to the end because I have the hardest time not finishing what I start. It's really too bad, this was a great idea ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
As the two stars indicate, this was just okay. I often like this type of book, following a group of friends throughout their lives, but felt that the characters voices weren't distinctive enough. Each chapter was written from one of the four main character's perspectives, but I'd often be partway through the chapter and have to flip back to see which woman this was, even towards the end of the book.

The story itself was fine, but could have been shortened a bit. It dragged in several places.

*I re
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me say right out that this is pretty much my favorite "genre" - take a handful of characters and follow them through a period of time. So maybe I'm biased, but I really loved this book! Technically, my rating should be 4.5 stars because I did have a little trouble keeping them straight, even well into the book, but I loved the story so much that I'm going to go ahead and round up. I'd like to pick it up and read it again sometime - I might do a little better hearing their individual voices s ...more
This book reminds me of a so-so movie on one of those women's networks where you tune in near the beginning and then watch the whole thing just to see where it is going. Turns out – nowhere much. Each chapter is from a different POV, sometimes with huge time breaks from chapter to chapter. All four women sounded the same to me, so I frequently forgot who I was reading at any given moment. There was sisterly bonding and plenty of highs and lows. Overall, I just couldn't get into it.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I thought it was difficult to follow, the author jumps from character to character in the first person, which made it difficult to know who was who. However, as I got further into it, I started to relate more to the characters. And by the end, this book made me laugh and cry, and almost wish I had been in a sorority to have friends forever like this group of girls.
Vanessa Funk
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ellen, Karen, Laurie and Diane join a college sorority, bonding them for life. I loved how it moved through their lives, through heartbreaks, and finding love. The different views from each woman gave different perspectives. Even though I didn't agree with some of their choices, I loved every character and found myself crying at one point. Couldn't put it down (which was unfortunate considering I should have been studying)
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was caught up in the relationship between these girls/women. Their relationships with each other, with men, with parents, with children - it was an easy read, with some laughs and tears. It reminded me of the true story told in the book: The Girls from Ames, although this novel traced these women from when they met in college and then 25 years after.
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