Review: The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

in a sentence or so: Ariella is living a life most unusual - she is home schooled, motherless, and has a drop-
dead gorgeous father who may or may not be a vampire.

Ari (short for Ariella) is chronicling her childhood through this book. but yet this isn't quite a journal, but is more-so a faithful narrative to her growing up and exploring the mysteries in her life.  mysteries such as, where is her mother? why is she home schooled? these questions become all the more pressing when Ari starts to become friends with her housekeeper's daughter, Kathleen.  after Ari visits Kathleen and her brothers and sisters, she discovers what the rest of the world is like. that not everyone is well read in Poe, Hawthorne, and classic literature and woefully ignorant on how to ride a bike, shop for yourself, and have a teenage conversation.

Ari's friendship with Kathleen helps to bring her into her own socially, physically, and emotionally.  through their relationship, Ari is able to hone in on some of the more pressing issues of her life and start to take charge of her queries - no longer taking her father's reluctance to answer as a valid response.  through several heartbreaking circumstances, Ari decides that she is off to find her mother - ready or not.

Ari heads out on a journey of discovery. discovery of where her mother is, discovery of who she really is, and discovery of what the world is like beyond her sheltered existence.  Ari is clearly not normal, but how abnormal she is, and those she cares about are, change her life.

i felt like this started off strong with the mystery of Ari's mother, the mystery of her dad maybe/maybe not being a vampire, and the whole 'coming into the world' part of the book. after Ari hits the road to find her mom, that's where things dropped off for me.  the answers to the questions didn't feel all that insightful or meaningful in the grand plot development, which seemed at odds with the repeated philosophical waxing and poetry quotes from Ari.

i did like the occasional interaction with the reader, but even that felt a bit jarring at times. like we needed to be reminded that this was Ari's writing and personal chronicling of events.  there is a bit of wiggle room in the ending and there is a sequel to Ari's tale. to be honest, i don't think i'm that interested. i liked her story enough to read it through, but the lack of explanation (and depth) for the reasoning behind decisions left me in the middle of the road.

fave quote: "She looked at me for a second and said, 'Oh, never mind. I guess it's true what Mom said? That you've lead a sheltered life?' I said I thought the description fairly apt'". (25 | 237 Nook Version)

fix er up:  i appreciated the mystery, but wasn't impressed with depth or reasoning behind the answers to the mystery as the novel went on.

title: The Society of S
author: Susan Hubbard
genre: Vampire, Coming of Age

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3 comments:

  1. vampire's just don't do it for me

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  2. This sounds intriguing. I am always on the lookout for books that portray homeschoolers -- I didn't know there were any in the paranormal genre. :-D

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  3. for some reason i am drawn to the vamp genre, but find the specific author's take on vampirism to be tedious.

    stephanie - i think that her homeschooling allowed for the literary and poetic interchanges that would have been tough to pull off otherwise. enjoy!

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