Book Review: Fraternity by Alexandra Robbins

If you are considering Greek life in college (or if your child is), Robbins’ latest book takes a deep look into fraternity life at three different (not identified) campuses. By profiling different students in their journey through the rush process, and their experience as “brothers,” Robbins shows how significantly the experience can vary not only from one campus to another, but also from one house to another at the same college. She covers the risks—substance use disorder, hazing, loss of identity—and the rewards—friendship, leadership, and fraternities as a safe place for young men to share their emotions. Girls interested in sororities will learn from this book as well, or can read one of Robbins’ earlier titles, a New York Times bestseller, Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities.

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