Sorority of Three: Freshman 101 by Melissa Brown
Published on March 1, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Young Adult
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And you thought the hardest part of freshman year was scheduling...
Sunny McCormick is in love with love. She's cute, romantic and convinced her Prince Charming is out there somewhere.
Grace McCarrion has never been in love. She's shy, reserved and her own worst critic.
Claudia Mansour isn't sure she believes in love. She's confident, beautiful and hard to impress.
They've decided to go against the grain and, rather than pledge the Greek system at the University of Illinois, create an unofficial sorority of their own.
This is their story. The ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, the romance and heartbreak.
Welcome to freshman year.
This was a super sweet book about best friends, first loves, and finding yourself. I really enjoyed it!
Sunny, Grace, and Claudia met at freshman orientation the summer before starting the University of Illinois. After being assigned to the same dorm and all having similar views on the Greek system they felt an instant connection and quickly became an inseparable trio.
We called ourselves the GDIs, or sometimes the Gamma Delts, GDI standing for “God Damn Independent.”
Sunny is bubbly, feisty, a hopeless romantic, and a serial monogamist. Grace is cute, sweet, self-conscious, and tends to be put in the friend zone with guys. Claudia is gorgeous, outspoken, focused, and has little interest in guys even though they flock to her like mad. The three couldn’t be more different, but they are fiercely loyal and care so much about each other.
All three girls tell their story as the point of view alternates, so we get a good look at what is happening in each girl’s life at that time. Sunny starts the story off and it’s pretty clear that she’s the glue of the group in the beginning. As everything progresses we get to see all the nuances of the different friendships and how they grow and evolve throughout the year. Everything isn’t always perfect between the three of them. They bicker, disagree, and hurt each others feelings at times, but they are so protective and always figure it out. I loved that these were newly formed friendships but you can tell they are “forever friendships.” It was like we were learning everything right along with the girls and it made it that much more special.
Each girl has a love interest or romance during the book, but things stay pretty clean. This has a very (mature) YA feel to it, but going in I was thinking it was New Adult. That’s not a complaint by any means, I enjoyed all the romantic aspects of the book and didn’t feel like it needed anymore than was depicted. There’s all the butterflies and excitement of first love and it felt very authentic.
“I hadn’t met someone who made my heart flip, or made my world go crazy.
I was still waiting.”
I definitely liked all three girls and enjoyed their stories, but it did take a bit before I formed deep connections to any of them. By the end though, there’s no doubt I cared about each of them. Claudia’s story definitely gave me the most feels though. I liked how everything she was going through affected the other girls and tested their friendships. I felt like her situation brought a whole new level of depth and it almost made me tear up at one point. View Spoiler »“Butterflies swarmed my belly and goosebumps rose on my arms. I was turned on, for the very first time in my life. A giggle escaped my lips as I took in the sensation of her touch. Tears fell as I realized who I was… for the very first time in my life.” *tear* « Hide Spoiler
“Meeting you, being here with you, it’s like I’m awake, I’m alive for like the first time ever.”
Sorority of Three is a book about three best friends getting to know each other, but more importantly it’s a book about getting to know yourself. Sunny, Claudia, and Grace all have a lot to learn about themselves and they change so much during their freshman year. That growth was really great to see. This was a quick, refreshing, really sweet read. The writing was smooth and effortless and it held my attention the whole way through. I’d love to read more about these girls and the rest of their college years, no doubt!
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