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The Bitch Posse: A Novel

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  1,721 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
These are the confessions of The Bitch Posse.
Cherry, Rennie, and Amy were outcasts, rebels, and dreamers. And their friendship was so all-encompassing that some would call it dangerous. This is the story of three women--as seniors in high school and as women in their mid-thirties--who formed a bond in order to survive the pitfalls and perils of their lives. Their
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Paperback, 341 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1st 2005)
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Sammy
May 29, 2007 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-the-best
Chick Lit gone totally awesome. I can honestly say that about this book. See, the thing is, I'm not all that into chick lit, so I haven't read all that much of it. I think the pastel or the high heeled shoe or the purse on the cover usually deters me because it literally screams out "CHICK LIT!" Now, I don't know what the final cover is going to be on this book since I was reading one of the advanced reader copies of it... but I hope it's nothing that will classify it as chick lit.

This book give
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Lauren
Sep 14, 2007 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very few.
wasn't a huge fan of this one. i can't tell you how many times i wanted to put it down (the story simply wouldn't hold my interest.) however, the book was a gift... so i felt obligated to finish it, especially incase the giver asked me any questions about it.
Anna
Nov 17, 2008 Anna added it
Shelves: q2-2008
The Bitch Posse was one book that I read this semester. The name of the book itself sounds superficial and negative, but the book turned out to be a completly different story. It was about life lessons, and friendship, and love. It was probably one of the greatest books i've read and it made me laugh and cry. The main characters are so real that I feel like I could meet them walking down the street in real life. Their personalities are extremley in depth, and I can almost feel the pain they feel ...more
Kim
Jul 23, 2008 Kim rated it did not like it
A friend gave me this trash. It was crude and made me feel dirty just reading it. I never would have had I known the friend never read it herself. Yuck.
Stacy Fetters
Dec 14, 2016 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We the Bitch Posse girls,
do solemnly swear
to be undyingly faithful to each other,
and to put no friends or lovers before one another,
as long as the star are fixed in the heavens
and the fish sparkle on the sea.

When I have first seen this title, I believed that they have written a book about my friends and I. Just call me Princess Bitch Face!!
I've read a lot of reviews on this and I wasn't sure if I should read it. These people were ruthless when it came to this title. I'm glad I stuck with m
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Rachel
May 14, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
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Diana
Jun 23, 2011 Diana rated it it was ok
I'm not even sure why I read this book - a friend recommended it to me (now I'm starting to wonder about my friend!) It was definitely a different type of book and addressed some serious issues occurring today in teenagers but it addressed the issues almost as though they were "cool" and normal . . . and I don't believe they are.
Amber
Jul 27, 2014 Amber rated it did not like it
I read this in 2007 and I remember hating it because all the POVs seemed to be written by someone that knew nothing about self harm or troubled teens. It was like the author wrote how she thought girls like that would act like with out really knowing.
Jackie Giel
Apr 01, 2013 Jackie Giel rated it it was amazing
Loved this book
Brooke
May 11, 2017 Brooke rated it really liked it
I don't even know were to start with this book. First off major trigger warning for EVERYTHING like seriously. Second, all the characters and unlikeable so if that's not your thing don't read this book. It was really entertaining and sad at the same time. How these girls and then women couldn't really turn their lives around. It keep me reading because I just wanted to know what they did. When I first started this book I thought that whatever they did as teenagers was why they were so messed up ...more
Mary Kay
Mar 04, 2017 Mary Kay rated it really liked it
Three high school girls forge an unbreakable bond, cemented by trauma, longing, risky behavior, poor choices and the consequences of those choices. The story, ping-ponging back and forth between the past and the present, takes the reader on an incredible roller coaster ride of events that culminate in a night of extreme action.
As I was reading this, I wondered how true to life these events were, and also was thankful for my own relatively sheltered teen life. With most books I have read lately,
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Jacqueline
May 12, 2017 Jacqueline rated it it was ok
I was disappointed.
Nicole
Dec 09, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not the best book I've ever read, but I enjoyed getting to know the three members and learning where there journey took them.
Renee
Dec 10, 2010 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with deciding whether I wanted to give this one or two starts? I decided two, since I was able to at least finish the book.

Initially, I picked this book up based solely on the title. My girlfriends and I call each other bitch, due to an inside joke involving a bus ride shared with some very hardcore ladies on their way to visit their men in the pen. We also refer to each other as our "posse". So, when I saw the title, I had such a laugh and thought, Oh, I need that book! Ugh - I shou
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Brittany
Jun 25, 2008 Brittany rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Troubled youth - as long as they can take something from it
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: I spotted it on the shelf at Superstore and got not one, but TWO copies of it for my bday. Think they're trying to tell me something?

The Plot: The book follows three friends in their senior year of high school and then follows up with them 12 years later, where they are both separated in life but bound together in memory through a horrible secret. In high school, Rennie is a slightly misguided honour student whose choices lead her down the road of sexual depravity s
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Dean
Jun 22, 2011 Dean rated it liked it
There are some good things and some not so good things about this book.
First off-The dialogue was well-written. I found myself able to relate to the conversational style that the author employs. This lends itself to a fluidity that keeps pace with the speed by which the author wants you to read this novel.
At the same time, the pedantic dance that these girls/women do in this novel is so ridiculous. The drama is fun to start with and I love the noir beginning (contrived though it may have been),
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Devon
Mar 03, 2012 Devon rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Roger Ebert once said (and I am paraphrasing) that no good movie is ever depressing, only bad movies are depressing. No matter how sad the content you should walk away from a good movie happier for having watched it. That is how I felt about 'THE BITCH POSSE', the story was definitely dark and ultimately you do feel a certain sadness for these characters but I was happier for having read it. The main characters Cherry, Rennie and Amy are all of the things that the other reviewers have s
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Lina
I have no idea what to say about this book that will properly say how I feel about it. Did I enjoy it? Yes, but I'm not exactly sure what I got out of it. The Bitch Posse is about three female characters (Cherry, Amy and Rennie) who story fluctuates between their teenage and adult years. They are all haunted by something from their past, which has led them to leave self-destructive and haunted lives into their mid-thirties. This mystery is really the anchor of the book, because it keeps you wond ...more
Crystal
Oct 30, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it
The name of my independent reading book is called "The Bitch Posse", and the author's name is Martha O' Connor. This book is about three women (Cherry, Rennie and Amy) who are being haunted by events from years ago. Cherry, Rennie and Amy were very close friends as teenagers, but grew apart once they grew older. The causes of their separation are the secrets that they kept from each other while they were in high school. Betrayal in their relationships led to a point of no return, and the three g ...more
Shanna
Sep 28, 2011 Shanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book. When I saw it at the library, I thought it would be some fun little easy to read BFFs kind of story. I really did not expect the story to be as graphic or as intense as it was. This is definitely a strong case for how bad things that occur in childhood can follow you into, and affect you, in adulthood. The writing was very strong and I found myself not wanting to put the book down as it just flowed so easily, and because I seriously wanted ...more
Kate
Jul 26, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
This book gets three stars because I had to finish it. It hooked me and had me hoping for some closure for these girls. It didn't deliver that. The psychology of it was very interesting and it provoked a lot of strong, albeit conflicting, emotion, so again, three stars. I really couldn't stand the references to God abandoning these girls (as they saw it). It really disappoints me that their outlook never changed, especially in that regard. After all, you make your own bad decisions. You gotta le ...more
Tiffany
Jul 20, 2016 Tiffany rated it liked it
I ate this book up. It actually got to the point where I was tired and was hoping to finish a chapter and go to sleep, but then I just kept reading. But not because I was particularly enthralled by everything. More so, I wanted to know what the hell these girls did in high school that made them such messed up adults. Because the story essentially is about a trio of girls who are so angsty that they decide to destroy themselves, thinking they're being so grown up. Yes, I understand that each of t ...more
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Rennie, Amy, and Cherry spend their high school years together, facing down the normal trials of adolescence plus the additional traumas of Amy's drunken parents, Cherry's drug-addicted mother, and Rennie's affair with the handsome drama teacher. They call themselves the Bitch Posse, vowing to be loyal only to each other. They spend their free time drinking, drugging, and screwing college boys. And when one girl introduces the others to cutting they all become addicted!
The girls explain the appe
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Donna
Feb 14, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I'm pretty sure if I read this book again, it wouldn't resonate with me the same way it did the first time. Maybe I got more out of it then I should, but I found myself stacking up my friends to these girls, "who does that girl remind me of?" etc...truth be told we all know someone like these girls, they are little bits of them in every single one of us, and it's scary and dark and rightfully true.
I said earlier that; I found myself going "who does that girl remind me of" and stacking up my fri
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Chandra
Jul 12, 2007 Chandra rated it liked it
I devoured this in a few short hours. I definitely would characterize it as chick lit, even a YA novel, but at least this author did her popular culture homework. She named dropped Andrew Eldritch and the Jesus and Marychain, and Degrassi juniorhigh and it fit somehow, it didn't feel forced. It's the usual white girls with neglectful, damaged parents, who want to break free of the confines of their small-minded town, but I did like these girls--- and with this kind of lit, I usually don't. Howev ...more
Rosalie
Nov 29, 2012 Rosalie rated it liked it
Did I like this book? Yes. Would I recommend it to anyone? Probably not.

I have to admit I got sucked into the drama. What I did find interesting is that they talked about a controversial topic amongst teens that I never quite understood. CUTTING. I know people who used to "cut" themselves back in the day and I never asked questions. I now realize that people get a euphoric feeling out of the pain??? Well....its not for everyone thats for damn sure! ;)

Anyway, this is a novel about three teens th
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george
I have mixed feelings about this one. The storyline was interesting and it kept my attention throughout; but it took way way way too long to get to "what happened that night at Porter Place." The entire book is flashbacks between the three members of "The Bitch Posse" as they were as seniors in high school, and currently--at the age of 32. We know that the friends no longer talk to each other since "the night." We also know that all of them have been deeply affected by the outcome of that one sp ...more
Tammy
Jul 10, 2009 Tammy rated it it was ok
Found this book in the vacation house I stayed in for 4th fo July. It was the only book in the house that looked pretty worn so I thought it may be a sign that it's pretty good. I'm only on page 97, and it's pretty strange so far. I'm hanging on to find out what caused the posse to part ways after high school.

Finished it, not at all what I expected but it kept me wondering enough to finish it quickly. It's definitely a different spin on my usual type of books. Thought it would be about real wom
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Maan
Feb 17, 2013 Maan rated it did not like it
Book #5 for 2013: Borrowed from the library. I picked it up because I got intrigued by the cover. I thought this was a chic-lit about strong, ballsy women. I was wrong.

I can't believe the school has this. I know that not everyone lives in a candy and roses type of world. I know that there are bad things lurking out there, some illnesses, some disorders that make our world real. But this book is too much. It was so bloody, I felt queasy reading it (I had to finish it though because I'm a complet
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Jamila
Jun 15, 2010 Jamila rated it it was ok
I instantly felt like this was written in a style 15 year old girls might understand and wonder if the author knows how to aim her writing at specific age groups. With all of the swearing in this book and ridiculous amount of unnecessary sex scenes it felt extremely adolescent. This book may have had potential to be good and because I don’t like leaving things unfinished I did skim through most of the pages to actually get to the big mystery of what happened between the girls and the ending. Bot ...more
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