Beta Gamma Psi Sorority has always been a part of Eva Perkins’ life. Her mother and older sister pledged the sorority. As if that is not enough, her father, a successful attorney, joined a Greek organization when he attended college. Eva doesn’t give it a second thought when she enrolls at Edwin Carver Science and Technology University, formerly a historically black college – she is definitely going to pledge Beta Gamma Psi. In fact, pledging the sorority seems more at the core of Perkins’ thoughts when it comes to enrolling at the college than graduating with a degree.
Readers are taken through the agonizing trials Perkins’ and the seven other women pledging the sorority with her endure while they are “on line”. Anyone familiar with life in a Greek organization and especially readers who have pledged a sorority or fraternity themselves will appreciate the experiences Perkins has while pledging Beta Gamma Psi. Scenes from the book are so real at times I wondered if the book wasn’t autobiographical.
Tensions rise when an unexpected event divides the big sisters (members of the sorority who have already endured and met the many challenges of being “on line”) and the pledges. The fact that this most unexpected and unfortunate event involve the governor of Atlanta’s daughter greatly increases the complexity of the situation. Rumors of hazing threaten the chapter and the pledges have to bond together to solidify the future of the organization on the Edwin Carver Science and Technology University campus.
Be My Sorority Sister is a book I highly recommend for a parent of a college/university student and especially any student contemplating pledging a sorority. At times readers may feel they are reading a true-life story, the details of the Eva Perkins’ experiences are shared so candidly. The writing illustrates Williams’ skill and pulls the reader into the heart of the story at once. Emotion - a key ingredient in any successful book runs through Be My Sorority Sister from start to finish.
Readers who are already in a sorority may find chunks of their own intimate experiences with being on line and find themselves reliving significant memories of their own college or university days.