TITLE: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
AUTHOR: Sheena Boekweg
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2021
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Historical
Behind every powerful man is a trained woman, and behind every trained woman is the Society. It started with tea parties and matchmaking, but is now a countrywide secret. Gossips pass messages in recipes, Spinsters train to fight, and women work together to grant safety to abused women and children. The Society is more than oaths—it is sisterhood and purpose.
In 1926, seventeen-year-old Elsie is dropped off in a new city with four other teenage girls. All of them have trained together since childhood to become the Wife of a powerful man. But when they learn that their next target is earmarked to become President, their mission becomes more than just an assignment; this is a chance at the most powerful position in the Society. All they have to do is make one man fall in love with them first.
The premise of the book grabbed my attention immediately! I would’ve liked to see Elsie wanting to help others out more rather than a girl boss attitude. A group of women are denied power in their own right so they end up taking back the reigns by marrying the “right” men.I loved the body positivity message in this book and the fact that as a reader, I got to see Elsie grow up throughout the book. I would’ve liked it a lot more if the POC characters had more character development especially since the protagonists were all white. One of the things that really ticked me off about Elsie is the fact that when she finds out her friend is interested in a guy that she’s not interested i; Elsie gets jealous and messes things up for her friend. If you’re a fan of protagonists who are not good people, then this is for you! The Society aspect of the book is what kept me from DNF’ing it. The shenanigans that the Society got into is what piqued my interest.
About the author
Sheena Boekweg grew up reading books with tree branches peeking over her shoulder. Her novels Glitch Kingdom and A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, both with Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, feature fat positive girls with ambitions, love stories, and sometimes battle axes. She’s a contributor to Every Body Shines, a fat-positive anthology publishing May 2021 with Bloomsbury, and is an alumni of the 2015 Pitch Wars Program and was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2017, 2018, and currently in 2020. Sheena believes that beauty is intrinsic and worth is unquestionable, and thinks you can’t solve all problems with food, but it will always help.
She is well-loved by a tall man with a great beard, her three kids, and the world’s most spoiled puppy. Visit her online at boekwegbooks.com, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SheenaBoekweg. She’s represented by Jessica Sinsheimer at Context Literary.
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