The Blythe Cove Book Group Goes Back to School With a Good Book

September is back to school in Martha’s Vineyard, just like most other places. The daylight hours are shortening, flocks of tourists are thinning. Year round residents take a deep sigh of relief that they’ll have the island back to themselves.

September’s book choice was an easy one: Aggie has a secret plan for one of the young year-round residents of Blythe Cove Manor. Here’s her reasoning for the book she chose:

Sometimes you come across a young person who is talented, smart, kind, and would greatly benefit from an Ivy League education (don’t scowl Mudge). But said young person doesn’t even know how to dream about such a thing. This book is meant to help me (and maybe you, too, Blythe) figure out how to get said young person to start thinking Ivy League.

Pick it up at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, or Kobo.


Have you read Secret Society Girl yet? Yes? –proceed scrolling for some very real comments by the members of the BBG.

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There may be spoilers, otherwise!


Blythe (proprietress of Blythe Cove Manor): Oh Helen, I didn’t know much about what it meant to go to an Ivy League university before. I heartily agree that we need to help make this happen for our special young person. To think that until so very recently, these secret societies didn’t take young women is utterly disgraceful.

Helen (director of the local library): I don’t want to say who I’m speaking of, although Blythe obviously knows her. I recognize this is an unusual way to choose a book for the book group, but I enjoyed it. I had a nice, staid, state university education with no secret societies. But I’m not brilliant, and I don’t aspire to much more than enjoying life on the island and making sure everyone gets matched with their perfect next read. I think this book is just the one to get a young woman thinking about her possibilities off island..

Mudge (excursion boat owner/operator): Hmmm. Helen, I didn’t realize an Ivy League education came with so much drama, but I suppose it makes sense. I enjoyed the book, although I thought most Yalie’s would benefit from a summer at sea to teach them how to handle the real life drama the sea can throw at you.

Aggie (owner, Sandpiper Restaurant): Helen, this was an interesting choice for you, since you usually trend toward literary, or an Oprah pick. At first, I didn’t like the light tone, but then I realized that it was Amy’s self defense mechanism against a university social structure that still tends to see young women as not-quite-good-enough. It has got me thinking about whether my son should read it.

Fred (island taxi driver): I thought I was going to hate this, Helen. I usually love your picks, though, so… all I have to say is “Glad I didn’t want an Ivy League education!” But, to your point about a certain someone who could benefit from it, I agree. Let’s make a plan to see our young person not only reads this book, and others to get her thinking about the possibilities, but let’s do more.

Did you miss the other book group picks? Check them all out here.

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