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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 schoolers need to understandabout the lifestyle so t 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 schoolers need to understandabout the lifestyle so that they can help their children decide where to apply to college and whether to go Greek Financial, physical, emotional, academic and safety aspects of fraternity memberships need to be considered so that the parents and students choose wisely.Extremely informative advice and tips are offered making this book a very helpful tool that is long overdo and well worth the read.Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for an arc of this book in exchange for my honest review 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 muchpositive 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 to join fraternities. 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 payattention 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 members, but, rather, to try to understand their p 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 payattention 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 members, but, rather, to try to understand their perspectives and to recognize that most people are good people who want to do good works I wrote this book to give boys that voice, and to provide parents and students of both genders with a discussion tool so they can have a safer experience at school and on their own for the first time Discussing the issues in Jake s and Oliver s stories is an easier, less awkward way for parents and students to talk about important issues like drinking, sex, friendships, identity, and partying I hope that families find this book helpful and that other readers come to see America s teen guys in abalanced light 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 only decides to rush because his dad was in a frater 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 only decides to rush because his dad was in a fraternity Over the course of the year, we see him go through the highs and lows of rushing, pledging, hazing, wanting to give up, and the mindset that he has throughout all this We also get to follow Oliver, who is a chapter president who has to deal with trying to keep his fraternity afloat after facing so many citations by police officers Robbins chose these two because they represent students missing from the media and contemporary literature smart, goodhearted, self aware, earnest fraternity members whom readers would root for Despite it being non fiction, she writes in such a narrative way that keeps you hooked and wondering what will happen next Along with that, each chapter has insightful academic discussions addressing all the stereotypes about fraternities She doesn t sugarcoat anything and lays out all the facts, from the toxic nature of some fraternities to why fraternities are so successful even today, and why they are such a distinctly American concept But one of my favorite parts was the fascinating social history of how fraternities began in America, then dwindled, then rose again in large part to the picture of college life portrayed in the movie Animal House, and then to alcohol companies advertisements And when the drinking age was increased to 21, that didn t help matters any because now instead of students drinking at bars, they moved to private places like fraternity houses, who now controlled the scene, and by the 1990s, 86% of fraternity brothers became binge drinkers.Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it gave me a lot to think about besides simply the stereotypes that you read about in the news Don t get me wrong, there are still so many racist fraternity chapters out there, but there are some good inclusionary ones too, and she highlights them both And I am already looking forward to what Alexandra Robbins writes next Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy to read in exchange for an honest review. [ FREE PDF ] ☾ Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men ☲ 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 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 looking into joining the Greek system and one who is 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 looking into joining the Greek system and one who is Chapter President and the issues and obstacles that come with the position Robbins takes us behind the scenes of fraternity life while following the two men over the course of a year As always, her writing and storytelling is wonderful and research insightful Along with the two men she follows, the book is full of quotes and stories from other men in fraternities from all over I could not put this book down My feeling as I wrapped up reading Fraternity was sadness Seeing how one of the teenagers the book follows Jake was so influenced by his fraternity to become in my opinion a person who lost some of his moral code and personality kind of broke my heart As a mom of two teenage boys who will be heading to college in the coming years, I wanted to find outabout fraternities, beyond the stories we read in the news Fraternity helped me get a first hand account of pledging, hazing, and My feeling as I wrapped up reading Fraternity was sadness Seeing how one of the teenagers the book follows Jake was so influenced by his fraternity to become in my opinion a person who lost some of his moral code and personality kind of broke my heart As a mom of two teenage boys who will be heading to college in the coming years, I wanted to find outabout fraternities, beyond the stories we read in the news Fraternity helped me get a first hand account of pledging, hazing, and parties but it also followed one fraternity leader as he worked to create a different kind of brotherhood that isabout supporting each other in a positive way.Ultimately, I m reminded that you really do need to pick your friends wisely and that a man is known by the company he keeps With thanks to Dutton for the ARC Opinions are my own 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 at a fraternity that fits the stereotypical image 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 at a fraternity that fits the stereotypical image of a fraternity as an alcohol fueled, sexist, dangerous organization the other, a young chapter president of a fraternity that prides itself on its service and treatment of others Reading the second viewpoint was refreshing, as while the chapter struggled with a few incidents, they seemed to encourage each other to grow as decent human beings On the other hand, it was difficult at times to read Jake s sections and watch him devolve as his values changed to better align with the organization s I attended a small women s college with virtually no Greek life, and obviously no fraternities, so this is a world that is unfamiliar and disconcerting to me I appreciated the author s inclusion of the benefits of fraternity life to its members, as well as the issues plaguing the organizations This book should become required reading for parents of teens considering Greek life, especially those, like me, with no real knowledge or experience with the organizations, and would also be a book I d like in the hands of teens themselves considering pledging They ruined Jake. Fraternity An Inside Look At a Year of College Boys Becoming Men by Alexandra Robbins Dutton 2019 371.855 3400.DISCLAIMER My youngest son is an eighteen year old freshman at a major southern state university He is currently in the midst of his first week of pledge season after going through fraternity rush and accepting a bid from one of the oldest national Greek letter organizations His chapter has well over a hundred active brothers and a large house right in the middle of frater Fraternity An Inside Look At a Year of College Boys Becoming Men by Alexandra Robbins Dutton 2019 371.855 3400.DISCLAIMER My youngest son is an eighteen year old freshman at a major southern state university He is currently in the midst of his first week of pledge season after going through fraternity rush and accepting a bid from one of the oldest national Greek letter organizations His chapter has well over a hundred active brothers and a large house right in the middle of fraternity row.Forty one years ago, I pledged a national fraternity at a small private liberal arts college We had fifty something brothers which made us the largest fraternity on campus by a wide margin Although my fraternity experience was completely and overwhelmingly positive, I have had little contact in recent years with Greek letter organizations So when my baby boy announced that he had decided to pledge a fraternity, I realized it was time to explore whether and how far the Greek system had changed since my own college days.I was further spurred to read Fraternity An Inside Look At a Year of College Boys Becoming Men by Alexandra Robbins when I read the book Girls Sex Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein Harper 2016 306.70835 3397 A recent female college grad whose judgement I respect had praised Girls Sex Navigating the Complicated New Landscape as an accurate barometer of the sexual culture of today s teens and twenty somethings Since the vast majority of the information introduced in Girls and Sex references the behaviors of members of Greek letter organizations, I decided to read Alexandra Robbins book for further insight into what young people might be experiencing on campus today My review of Orenstein s title Girls Sex Navigating the Complicated New Landscape is posted on GoodreadsAuthor Alexandra Robbins Fraternity An Inside Look At a Year of College Boys Becoming Men provides a fresh perspective on life among Greek letter organizations in 2019 The author has previously written about the experiences of young women in sorority life her instant work focuses on young college men Robbins has structured the book to highlight the differences between a healthy fraternity experience and a healthy fraternity chapter with the experience of an unhealthy Greek organization which institutionalizes a disregard of the rules of its national charter and of campus safety rules Robbins narrative follows the stories of two typical students through rush, pledge season, and thereafter as full brothers in their fraternities Along with the accounts of those two young men, each of Robbins chapters concludes with recommendations and observations which the author believes should be adopted to make fraternities safer, healthier, andinclusive for the benefit of fraternity members as well as the student body as a whole.According to Robbins, the traditional hazing of pledges by many fraternity chapters continues unabated in 2019 She believes that although the practice is publicly decried and condemned by university administrators, alumni, and the national offices of many of the various brotherhoods, it is nevertheless generally tolerated if not outright condoned.Robbins suggests that alcohol abuse continues to be a major problem among fraternities notwithstanding rules and prohibitions propounded by campus authorities Thankfully universities across the board now require that all students periodically attend seminars and programs designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.As to the issue of the sex lives of today s college students, Fraternity An Inside Look At a Year of College Boys Becoming Men paints a much less inflammatory portrait of campus sex than did Peggy Orenstein in Girls Sex Navigating the Complicated New Landscape However, it is unclear whether Alexandra Robbins take on the matter actually differs from that of Peggy Orenstein or whether Robbins simply chose to largely gloss over the subject Both books, however, agree that fraternity acceptance of forced drinking and drinking to excess often leads to poor sexual choices and to devastasting consequences.Alexandra Robbins has raised many issues which require thoughtful consideration She believes that the most important factor in keeping young students safe and healthy is the availability of mentors with whom honest communication flows whether the mentors are parents, trusted adults, or other role models.Fall Break is coming up at my freshman s school, and he will be coming home for a few days After reading Fraternity An Inside Look At a Year of College Boys Becoming Men, we have a lot to talk about.My rating 7 10, finished 10 14 19.