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Rhymes with Witches

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,790 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
Jane is the sort of quiet, ordinary girl who can walk down the hallways of her school without being noticed by anyone - not the football boys, the stoners, the debaters, and especially not the Bitches. The school royalty made up of one girl from each class who is so transcendentally beautiful and fascinating that no one can help but worship her.
Paperback, 237 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 1st 2005)
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Jen
Humans will pretty much eat, sleep, and crap their way to the place they think they should be socially. Some people feel ethically conflicted about using this eating, sleeping, and mating as a basis for judging and classifying. Some do not. Some embrace it and find a way to use the classification system as leverage for trending upwards in the eating, sleeping, and crapping departments. In rhymes with witches by Lauren Myracle,the embracers are The Bitches, and they are the high schoolers with t ...more
Haley  *don't touch the sleeping pills*
Gawd, I wanted to love this book. I really did. But I just couldn't.

For starters, I hated Jane. She was a very weak person who would stab her only friend (Alicia) in the back if it meant getting some popularity. I also hated Alicia. Even though I felt sorry for her when Jane betrayed her, I just thought she was a very mean and whiny individual. I hated pretty much everyone in this book. Except the cats. But even they got annoying.

Speaking of the cats, another reason I couldn't bring myself to
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Kelcea
Feb 16, 2010 Kelcea rated it it was ok
I picked up this book from the library with mind that it was going to be typical chic lit.
The plot was pretty bad; filled to the brim with the cliched 'I want to be popular' mentality.
The characters were awful: The main character tried too hard to be self-righteous even throughout her 'Bitching', the best friend was a bitch to the end without actually being a Bitch, the popular girls a.k.a The Bitches were two-faced but confusingly so; the only consistent bitch was Bitsy, and I hated her. Being
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Sarah
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it
I KNOW I read this book years ago, but I didn't blog about it, which means I don't remember it! So I re-read it this week since it's up for PPYA. I love the title, but that's about all I like about the book. I'm glad the author tackled the problem about how teen girls want popularity, but I hated the cats. Really? Feral cats in a school? Seriously? The cat scenes didn't even seem to fit into the rest of the story. The main character dumped her friends so quickly for the Bitches, the group of fou ...more
Iris
Jun 11, 2011 Iris rated it it was ok
Shelves: own

Ok, I can't really describe my feelings toward this book very well. I gave it two stars, because really, it was ONLY ok. Nothing else. I was mad at the end due to poor plotting. The end was incomplete and the protaganist was shallow and, let's face it, LAME. She was way to indecisive and I understand the temptations of over-ruling popularity, but she was unbelievable.
As with the plotting, many things seemed to be random, and it did not leave me on the edge of my seat. Nor did it leave me wait
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Anna Francesca
Oct 14, 2008 Anna Francesca rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Tiffany
Feb 08, 2010 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Shelves: 7th-grade
omg i hate this book. It was full of crap. First Jane got what she deserved because she was only friends with Alicia when she was "invisible" which is very wrong. Also that is what she gets for being so nice to a person like Camilla. Why did she do that? Now look where she is at back where she started. At the bottom of the social list. i guess it was never meant to be, she was never meant to be a bitch. The part that i mostly hated in this book was the freaky magical stuff. Like having to steal ...more
Sophia Tallon
STEER CLEAR AND DON'T READ THIS BOOK!

God...why do I keep reading books from Lauren Myracle thinking they might be good?! Oh, right, cos Peace Love and Baby Ducks was pretty good. Anyhow, I really don't know how she can have fame and published books when there are so many young authors who are much better than her. Who the bloody hell cares about her degree? Her books are bad. Okay, now on to the review-y bits.

This book yet again made me feel like the author was talking down to me. I loathed the
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Kayla
May 15, 2011 Kayla rated it it was ok
This book was a edge-of-your-seat-nail-biting-"what will happen next"-fest...until the end. The end left me actually feeling very angry. The book is very "Mean Girls" in the sense that it's about a girl (Jane) who wants to be a popular girl, though she's almost invisible. She gets chosen by the elitists of the school (The Bitches) to become the next Bitch. In her initiation she finds out she must steal something from another girl every week to be part of the Bitches *spoilers ahead* Jane then fi ...more
Julie
Mar 31, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like stuff like The Clique, or who've read Bliss already
Recommended to Julie by: I had read Bliss already
Hmm. I really didn't care for this book too much. The people in it were terrible to each other, the language was unnecessarily awful, and I had a hard time feeling all that sorry for anyone (except Phil, who was awesome). (Actually, now that I think of it, that's what made Bliss good for me - I really genuinely liked the main character, as well as Sarah Lynn Lancaster and Lawrence.)

Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed it even less if I hadn't read Bliss first. That made it a LOT more interesti
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Anayeli♥
Nov 02, 2010 Anayeli♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
What is happening in this book is that Alicias friend wanted her to sign up for the cherliding tryouts and then she said that she did not want to try out because she did not want to be in the girls cheerleading table so she said no. SO she said she was not going to be in it for sure. But her friend convinced her to try out and she did and she got in the chereeleading so she had to sit by the cheerleanders at lunch since she was in the cheerllideg group but the bad thing is that her friend did no ...more
Rebecca Chapman Dann
Jan 25, 2015 Rebecca Chapman Dann rated it it was ok
You know I like a pretty cover especially if it has a mix of glossy parts and raised images. This cover had it all. Also 237 pages with a lot of dialog and being a YA book made me realize it would only take a few hours so - no problem. I also knew that Myracle is often controversial among parents and challenged in school libraries making it even better. If you know me at all, you know how I hate it when parents over shelter teens from controversial books – I get that from my dad who was a librar ...more
Amina
Jan 16, 2015 Amina rated it it was ok
After I read Harry Potter I was obsessed with all things magical related, I don't know how many books about witches and wizards I've read thanks to HP (none can compare of course). So when I saw this book a few years ago, my slow mind interpreted the title of this story as meaning it was a story about withes, rather than the 'B' word that 'rhymes with witches'. My bad, easy mistake to make. Anyway, so hoping to read about magic I started reading this book and It wasn't until halfway through the ...more
Jennifer Sombrotto
This is another book that I picked up from a Little Free Library stand. I thought based on the title and the blurb on the inside cover that it could be interesting. It sounded like a book that might be similar to The Clique series by Lisi Harrison as well as have a touch of magic throughout. I'm a sucker for anything that involves magic, so I was in. However, this book is not worth the read in my opinion. I hate writing bad reviews, because books are so subjective and someone else might wind up ...more
Jessica Suphan
Apr 21, 2014 Jessica Suphan rated it it was ok
Ugh.

That in itself sums up my feelings for this book, but I shall elaborate. The main story is extremely cliche-the nobody, homely, invisible girl in school who sits by herself and eats in the library wants to be popular. How many shows and books have shown that before? The reason the book is even two stars is because of the magic tossed in there-that was an interesting thing to set it apart, but everything else just fell apart around it. The high school was very stereotypical in my mind, nothin
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Mayra
Apr 07, 2014 Mayra rated it really liked it
Jane, a high school freshman, does not start out very high on the social pyramid. In fact she seems content where she is. But when she gets chosen by the Bitches, she wants to be a part of their group so much that she agrees to go along with anything they want. These Bitches, Queen Bees of the high school who can't seem to stop being worshipped by everyone wherever they go, consist of Keisha, Bitsy, and Mary Bryan, all of whom are vaguely creepy in their vigor to maintain popularity. Bitsy, a j ...more
James Guevara
Jan 07, 2016 James Guevara rated it liked it
i expected a little more from this book because the cover was intriguing, but overall i enjoyed it. i dont think this should be categorized as YA because to me the writing style seemed more suitable for a 6th grade level read. But yeah i actually liked the characters because they were all different and i liked the concept of the book which tried to show how cliques emerge in high school and the affect it has on other students who feel like outsiders. I loved the twist at the end because I wasn't ...more
Olivia Williford
Jan 06, 2016 Olivia Williford rated it did not like it
That ending! Wayyy too rushed! Is there a sequel orrrr? Now I have to look it up.
She doesn't need a man to define her! She needs to girl up and stand up for herself and stop the voodoo in the school! That school was messed up!
I thought Lauren Myracle could write better than this... I'm really disappointed with this book
Angelica Thompson
Dec 03, 2007 Angelica Thompson rated it liked it
I found that the entire time I read this, I was hating the main character. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I also found myself thinking of the movie Mean Girls while I read this. Again, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Hahaha.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 10, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it liked it
The main character in this story is Jane, a high school girl who is not unpopular, but isn't really popular, either, and she wants to be.

The ticket to her popularity is in a group referred to as the Bitches, consisting of one girl from each grade level. Each year they chose a freshman to join their group, and they pick Jane to join them.

On the positive side, belonging to the Bitches will bring instant and unending popularity to Jane. Almost every person seems to fawn over the Bitches, and nothin
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Erin
Feb 08, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it
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Jenny
Oct 11, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
Just got it from the libarary ,Mrs.Hobdon recomended it .With the first like being "I so shouldn't of worn this thong " this book has to be very interesting!
Adrienne
Jul 08, 2014 Adrienne rated it it was ok
It seemed so promising by the blurb on the back, but the story really fell flat. I just felt like I was waiting for something exciting to happen (is she going to out them? Stop them?) and just when it looked like maybe it would... the book ended. I had to just sit there for a minute all dumbfounded because it really seemed like it was ending in the middle of everything. On top of the weak plot, there were just no likable characters (except probably Phil, who only appeared a few times briefly and ...more
Jinan
Dec 04, 2015 Jinan rated it did not like it
This book is actual garbage.

I bought this book back when I was a young teenager, maybe like 14-16 I don’t remember. So I guess it was meant for my demographic. At that point in my life, I wasn’t very critical when it came to reading books-- I’d read anything that sounded or looked interesting, and if it was entertaining enough, I liked it. No analyzing the plots, world-building, character development, or any of that, just reading for fun. Of course I still read for fun, but I’ve read enough tha
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Corinne Yee
I am kind of on the fence between "it was okay" and "I liked it." The writing itself was good, but I really felt let down by the ending. More on that later.

What Parents Need to Know: There are a lot of parties with drinking. No one gets trashed, but the alcohol is present. There is a mention of one girl having had sex. There is a student who gets groped by a football player in the hall. There are violent intentions. There is definitely bullying. If your teenager wants to read this, I highly sugg
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Lydia LaPutka
Apr 07, 2013 Lydia LaPutka rated it liked it
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Julie
Mar 26, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
This is a book about a high school clique, The Bitches.
Jane is a sad girl who is depressed by the fact that shes invisible to everyone. She so much wants to be an “in crowd”; she so much wants to be popular! If I could describe this book by a few words, it would be: the price of popularity. I never sought after being in a clique, but the main character wants it really badly, and, she would do literally anything to be one of The Bitches, even if it takes a certain price. She doesnt care. Jane is
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Mandy Brouse
Sep 06, 2008 Mandy Brouse rated it did not like it
I liked the concept of using supernatural ways to maintain popularity in highschool, but this story was weak. It seemed like the author wasn't as invested in this story and its unfolding like she was for "Kissing Kate". And the ending was perfunctory and unsatisfying.
Also I hated the Best Friend, Alicia, who acted like an aggressive, under-cutting asshole way before Jane became popular. I actually didn't care when Jane turned on her.
Although here is a funny bit from earlier on:

"I turned to my l
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Maria Contreras
May 29, 2012 Maria Contreras rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-2012
This book was quite boring for me, It's about a girl who's name is Jane. She wants to become really popular like any other high schooler. She finds out how to become one of the (bitches) sorry for my language. She has to steal from any person and turn it in to become a part of one of them. Until she is one of them she has to steal a lot of stuff. One this is totally messed up what kind of high school is this? Jane you're truly dumb for even sacrificing your own respect just to get popular. That' ...more
Julia Dezotell
Oct 10, 2011 Julia Dezotell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

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“It's the way it works," she said in clipped tones. "For one rise, another must fall."
"But why? Why can't we just rise, and everybody else can stay where they are? I wouldn't care!"
"And you think I would?" Keisha demanded. She glared at me, the visibly pulled herself back. When she exhaled, her nostrils flared. "Say you've taken a math test. Or an English test, since you love books so much. And you get a hundred. You're psyched, right? 'Mom, I got a hundred! I got the highest grade in the class!'" She raised her eyebrows. "But say everybody else gets a hundred, too. Are you still as proud?"
"Of course," I said stubbornly. "I'd still have my A."
"Bullshit. You like your As because other people get Cs. Because that means you're smarted than they are. Better than they are."
"I don't think I'm better than anyone."
"Then you're and idiot.”
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