The Alpha Bet

The Alpha Bet

by Stephanie Hale
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Grace Kelly Cook is so ready to start college where she can ditch her geeky high school image and finally get away from her overbearing, overprotective, over the top mother. After graduating early and earning a free ride to her dream college, it seems like all of Grace Kelly's dreams are coming true. But starting fresh is going to take a lot more than some strategic online searches. At the behest of her breezy, free spirit roommate, Grace Kelly agrees to rush the Alphas--the elite, friendly sorority that values academics more than good looks. It sounds like a match made in heaven and, much to her surprise, Grace Kelly finds that she's prepared to do anything it takes to become an Alpha--even if it means telling a major lie and jeopardizing her other friendships. On top of all that, Grace Kelly will have to complete the Alpha Bet--a secret set of alphabetical tasks--to prove her loyalty to the sisters and her dedication to the sorority. Between being a pledge, college classes, and navigating the murky waters of her first college crush Grace Kelly is in for quite a year in The Alpha Bet (2010) by Stephanie Hale. The Alpha Bet is a cute book about a girl facing the triple threat of college life, growing up, and understanding her family. All at the same time. While she's sixteen. That might sound like an unlikely scenario which, basically, sums up the overall feel of the book: improbable. While Grace Kelly was an adorable heroine, a lot of her personality never felt real. Even the fact that she went by the name "Grace Kelly" seemed odd--why not Grace? Why not Kelly? Why is her nickname when she gets one GK? (The names in the book in general were over the top for reasons that remain unknown.) The premise was interesting, but a lot of the actual Alpha Bet tasks were glossed over in favor of other aspects of the plot. It would have been fun to know more about all of the tasks, but it was not meant to be. The book also makes a big production of Grace Kelly's being a science geek only to unceremoniously drop that thread by the end of the story. While everyone loves a light read with a happy ending, The Alpha Bet was too saccharin and too simple; the "nice" characters were unerringly sweet and could do no wrong while the "bad" characters were awful. Although it was often overly simplified, Hale has created an interesting story that will pique the interest of any readers who find Greek life intriguing. Possible Pairings: Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, How To Steal a Car by Pete Hautman, Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor, Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter
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Nicole Horvath More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! So good, Grace Kelly is so easy to relate too! I would give it 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars if I could!
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Cayman Watson More than 1 year ago
this book was great i recomend it to anybody looking 4 a good read! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Grace Kelly has no idea what she's getting into. She graduated high school early and now she's heading to college, roughly an hour away from home and her overprotective mother. At 16, she's ready to let life take control. She and her roommate decide to rush the Alphas. Grace Kelly admires the sisters, but unfortunately for her, she's asked to leave due to an altercation with another girl. She's not ready to let go of her dreams, so she creates the mother of all lies and worms her way back into the running. Now, the three pledges must complete the Alpha Bet, a series of twenty-six tasks set up by the sisters of the house. How far will she go to secure her rush spot? Grace Kelly knows that while her roommate took care to make her look like an Alpha, she's starting to feel like one, too. She's also feeling guilty about the lie she told to become accepted. What will the sisters do if her secret becomes public knowledge? This is a cute, fun read with romance, friendship, and one evil girl. I liked the relationships between Grace Kelly and her roommate, especially considering how they first met! I liked the tasks set by the sisters and the sisters themselves. I loved the geek-to-glam part of the book - and not just on the outside.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Grace Kelly has no idea what she's getting into. She graduated high school early and now she's heading to college roughly an hour away from home and her overprotective mother. At 16, she's ready to let life take control. She and her roommate decide to rush the Alphas. Grace Kelly admires the sisters, but unfortunately for her, she's asked to leave due to an altercation with another girl. Grace Kelly's not ready to let go of her dreams so she creates the mother of all lies and worms her way back into the running. Now the three pledges must complete the Alpha Bet, a series of 26 tasks set up by the sisters of the house. How far will Grace Kelly go to secure her rush spot? Grace Kelly knows that while he roommate took care to make her look like an Alpha, she's starting to feel like one too. She's also feeling guilty about the lie she told to become accepted. What will the sisters do if her secret becomes public knowledge? A cute fun read with romance, friendship, and one evil girl. I liked the relationships between Grace Kelly and her roommate, especially considering how they first met! I liked the tasks set by the sisters and the sisters themselves. I loved the geek to glam part of the book - and not just on the outside.