Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2018
"I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth." - Dr. Ford, Westworld

As a friend of Kiley's, it was profoundly unique experience reading about traditions/events that actually happened and fictionalized versions of people we know, but that she drew from real life is what makes it authentic. The views and actions of the characters are those of many college students around the nation. And while it is especially easy to stereotype college students and reduce them to their most obvious and outward traits, Kiley sees beyond the surface to imbue them with depth and growth.

It is the depth and growth that makes this a story worth reading. Feminism and Greek life are two issues that polarize, driving each side to make black and white of issues that are deeply nuanced. Each is rife with double standards. Each can dig themselves into deeper holes by defending those double standards.

Cassie, our protagonist, is not a sage, enlightening all those who cross her path. She is as flawed as those around her. Her anti-sorority views come crumbling down when she is berated (rightfully) for being hypocritical, for not realizing that it is anti-feminist to hold the idea that being able to choose your own path doesn't mean that you can't choose the "girly" path. Choosing not to be a housewife doesn't mean you have to view yourself as wholly superior to those who do choose that lifestyle, but either way it should be your choice.

Having been in a fraternity myself, Kiley's depiction is absolutely fair. Not all of the rampant misogyny comes from a place of malintent. Some does, but often it's simply ignorance. That doesn't make it excusable, but it also doesn't mean that members are lost causes.

Frat Girl is important and comes at a crucial time. It not only bridges the gap in these divisive issues, but provides fresh viewpoints on the path forward. It should be read by every college administration; banning fraternities doesn't change the members' behavior or views, but roots their hatred deeper and disperses them into other communities.
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