Fraternity by Alexandra Robbins


A fly-on-the-wall narrative and investigation into the (often surprisingly positive) secrets inside the houses and behind the letters -- and the toxic masculinity that fraternities can either encourage or, in many cases, counter.

Details Fraternity

Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Education, Academic, College

Reviews Fraternity

  • Wendy
    Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men, by Alexandra Robbins, is an eye-opening, insightful investigation into the secrets and life in a fraternity. The author takes us on the journey of two young men (Jake and Oliver) in the "Greek" life. The readers are exposed to the positive and negative life-changing experiences they endured.This book is less about the "what" than the "why" of fraternities. Parents of high schooler...
  • Alexandra Robbins
    All right, I've seen others review their books, so I guess I will too, in a way. This book is important because we need to pay more attention to teenage boys. It's not right to lump them all into the same stereotypical category simply because of their gender. The headlines don't represent the scores of GOOD guys who are teens, who are in college, and who happen to be in fraternities. And the way to change a subculture isn't to dismiss all of its ...
  • Kelli
    Thank you for the advance copy. I enjoyed reading and learning about the fraternity system through the eyes of two young men, one who belongs to what seems to be a stereotypical fraternity and the other who creates a much more positive experience as president of his frat. All aspects of frat life are covered and everything from good to bad is discussed. No issue is left unaddressed. This would be a helpful book for parents of young men who want t...
  • The Story Girl
    Alexandra Robbins is one of my favorite non-fiction authors and journalists, so I was so excited to read her next book and get an inside look at what fraternities are really like. Throughout the book, we get to follow Jake, who is a "freshman searching for brotherhood," and not your typical frat boy. He was an overachiever in high school whose idea of a good time on a Friday night was going to the movies and not really into drinking. He really on...
  • Jill
    Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy. I am a huge fan of Alexandra Robbins' books, with "Pledged" being my absolute favorite. So when I heard she was writing a book about fraternities, I was so excited.One of my favorite things about Robbins' books is the way she goes back and forth between the research she has uncovered about her chosen topic and her subjects. With "Fraternity" it's two men, one who has just started college and is loo...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.The number one thing this book accomplished was to make me dread sending my (currently three-year-old) child to college someday. Much like author Alexandra Robbins's book Sorority, Fraternity examines the impact of these organizations on the individual, the group, and the institution. The focus is on two students in particular- one, a freshman pledge ...
  • Danielle
    Alexandra Robbins wrote a very popular book exposing sororities a number of years ago and prefaced this book by saying that she wasn't coming at it from the same angle and that she found a lot to recommend about fraternities and what they do to help support and shape young men during what can be a very lonely and difficult time of their lives. She focuses by following two young men in two different fraternities at two different schools while also...
  • Amy
    They ruined Jake.
  • Susan Csoke
    These are the stories of young men and their year in College. What it means to be in a Fraternity and how they grew from boys to men. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book.
  • Heather
    Fraternity is a well written glimpse into the world of college social fraternities. I've read a few of Robbins' books and they are excellent non-fiction books that will appeal to people who normally read fiction titles.I'm delighted with the timing of this book; my own son is a senior in high school and headed off to college next fall. While I don't think he would have an interest in joining a fraternity, I found this book to be extremely informa...
  • Steve Peifer
    Sometimes the mark of a great book is the courage of the author.I read two different books last year where the author wrote based on their original premise and regardless of where the data was leading, the author stayed with the original premise. The books were a waste of time.The easy book to write is that all fraternities are evil and they should all be shut down. There is a ton of anecdotal information that suggests it might be a really good i...
  • Ryan
    I think this book offers some great commentary into an area that is not discussed too often.
  • Annabelle Habber
    I could not put this book down. It is an important read for everyone about boys in these times, and it is enjoyable to read because the story is very engrossing. Thank you to Penguin Random House for the advance copy.
  • skip thurnauer
    A lot has changed since I pledged a fraternity about 50 years ago (and my sons 25 years ago) - social media, the release of the "Animal House" movie and the spread/acceptance of binge drinking, the advent of the me-too movement, and a changing level of tolerance for Greek "hijinks" and bad behavior. Our fraternity significantly reduced rush and hell week thazing, and degradations in the mid-60s, but the practices described by Robbins were and are...
  • Audrey Graser
    🔎Book Review🔎-I read Robbins’ Pledged back in 2010 and I gave it a 1 star. Ironically, in June of 2010, I had just graduated High School and wasn’t planning on joining a sorority. Less than 6 months later, I had joined, and now, I’m a national volunteer and my professional job is a Fraternity and Sorority Adviser for a University.-I don’t remember why I gave Pledged a 1 star back in the day, but I do remember what sticks in my mind ...
  • Tom Schulte
    This is an insightful and revealing look into modern fraternity life on American campuses, particularly in the popular Greek system. There is a lot about hazing and an interesting point is made that, aking to boot camp or cult induction, paying a high cost of entry increases the value of membership in the mind of the member. Also intertwined is the confusing ideals of adulthood and masculinity being sorted by pledges during this pivotal time. Lik...
  • Shannon Metzler Lubas
    This book offers interesting perspective from pledges who are not initially “typical frat bros”. Being philosophically opposed to Greek life never and believing the positive spin many like to put on fraternities, I was interested in reading the book. In the preface, author suggests we may come to believe to that many “good” fraternities indeed do exist and they can help struggling boys navigate the difficult new experiences of being away ...
  • Kyle
    Thank you to Dutton for the ARC of this book.This book follows the Greek life journey of two young men, exposing the reader to the positives and negatives of fraternity life. Joining a fraternity can be a positive, life-changing event that will build character, leadership, integrity, and well-balanced adults. Joining a fraternity can also be a toxic experience that enhances the worst traits within a person. Alexandra Robbins does a fantastic job ...
  • Jamie
    This was a very informative read, as the author's investigative journalism here was very well done. She covers the “why” rather than the “what” of fraternities, with an argument that is supplemented with 1. cited sources and 2. her coverage (over many years) of two boys undergoing this greek process. Fraternity life has a significant presence in American Universities, admitting thousands of impressionable teenagers every year to enter int...
  • Rick
    I think Alexandra Robbins tried to write a certain book but it comes out as something different. She claims in the title that this is about how boys are turned into men and then spends a great deal of the book focusing how the fraternity that hazes and is about drinking, hooking up and basically the worst frat stereotypes is the one that gets the most coverage and ends up with the most fawning praise. Other frats that try to be more responsible a...
  • Christine Gaza
    I enjoyed "Sorority" more than "Fraternity" but I think that is just because I was in a sorority at the time the book was published so it was a bit more real for me. However, I really enjoyed the sections in this book about toxic masculinity and I found the research on sexual assault not shocking, but affirming. This definitely makes me want to do some sort of unit in women's literature about Greek life. I really enjoyed Jake's journey and I thou...
  • Valerie
    When I saw that Alexandra Robbins had a new book out, I knew I needed it. I always appreciate the story in whatever it is that she is researching. This time she follows two students and their fraternity experiences. The book was an interesting read that kept me wanting to know what would happen all the way through. I appreciate the real-world details. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from NetGall...
  • McKenna
    An interesting dive into fraternity culture, exploring its complexities and most popular (often negative) stereotypes. Some of it was surprisingly endearing, challenging my own preconceived notions about Greek life. A lot of it still, was not. But I appreciate the additional perspectives and think there’s promise in the more progressive standards and values held by at least a portion of Greek chapters nationwide. They’re the heroes, and as lo...
  • Kelly Mannion
    I was on board that this book was going to change my perspective on fraternities. And then in the last 30 pages of the book, all the work was undone. The author talks about a fraternity not taking a guy who came to all the recruiting events and had great conversations because he was overweight, how they tormented a couple people with bad Facebook photos, one of which dropped, and how guys couldn’t dats women who were considered whales. Nothing ...
  • Fernando Gonzalez
    This is probably my favorite book this year. I usually get apprehensive reading about greek life but as someone who was in a fraternity appreciated how Alexandra Robbins delved into different systems and interviewed a wide array of people. On another note, I had to pause every 20 pages to remind myself that this is a non-fiction book. Robbins' narration and writing is top-notch.
  • Nat Walton
    I received an advanced copy of Fraternity to review for my college newspaper, The Review. Here's a preview of what I had to say:This is the type of writing Robbins seems to have found her footing in — approachable and informative, but casual. Her Goodreads page identifies her style as “poolside nonfiction,” which is the most fitting phrase I can think of when describing the style of “Fraternity.”She manages to tackle not only difficult ...
  • Amy Payne
    I did not enjoy this book. My naivete was bombarded with acts these young men demanded even younger men to do repeatedly time after time all in the name of brotherhood. It was refreshing to see that some men chose different ways to elicit similar results, and I pray that more and more men will follow suit.
  • Leah
    Well researched, balanced reporting, and great storytelling, but did I miss the 'shocking twist'? It's interesting and an important read, especially for anybody with young men in their lives. But I would characterize everything about the book as measured.
  • Geoffrey
    The idea of this book lead to some pretty high anticipation of a book filled with fraternity fueled debauchery. The level of debauchery is relatively minimal and about 40% of the text reads like a mandatory text for a college sociology class. I would basically not recommend this to anyone. Sorry.