Title: The Sixes
Author: Kate White
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
After being accused of plagiarizing her last book, Phoebe Hall has left Manhattan to allow things to cool off. She is offered a teaching position at a small college, where her best friend from college is running things. Phoebe settles in at the school, and though she feels like an outcast, she gets along well enough. But when a girl goes missing and it looks as though her disappearance might be related to a secret society on campus called The Sixes, Phoebe feels compelled to investigate and find out what is really going on underneath the surface.
The Sixes is a novel that you have to just go with in order to be able to enjoy it. There are random coincidences and occurrences that are just strange if you think about them too hard. However, if you can just put aside your sense of disbelief and allow yourself to be immersed in the story, you will find an enjoyable mystery with an appealing setting that deals with timely issues.
I’m a sucker for books set on a college campus, so I really loved this aspect of The Sixes. White portrays the world of academia well; Phoebe is ostracized because she is new, but she’s also shunned by some because of the plagiarism charge. It’s surprising that any college campus would want to hire her (one of those niggling occurrences I mentioned earlier), but she’s an appealing character. I appreciated how determined she was to get to the bottom of what was going on, and how much things affected her personally.
The main issue that The Sixes deals with is bullying, and it’s an important problem right now. Phoebe searches for information about this mysterious group of girls, trying to determine who they are and whether they could be responsible for what’s been happening. Female bullying is an issue close to Phoebe’s heart, as it’s something she experienced in college, so she wants to protect people from it now. The Sixes are supposed to have a bit of a creepy nature; as Phoebe begins asking more and more questions about them, they begin to target her, and it’s supposed to be sinister. It doesn’t quite come across that way, though, and it left me wondering why they couldn’t come up with something a little scarier to do.
In the end, the twists and turns surprised me and kept me hooked on The Sixes. This would be a great book for an airplane or car ride; it’s engaging, but also easy enough that you don’t have to put a lot of thought into it. It kept me hooked from beginning to end, and I definitely recommend if you’re in the mood for a fun mystery.