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The Devil in the Junior League

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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  3,044 ratings  ·  477 reviews
Former Junior Leaguer Linda Francis Lee has crafted a scandalously delicious novel that takes you deep into the heart of Texas blue-blood society.


The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas, is très exclusive.Undesirables need not apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (Frede to her friends) is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 1st 2006)
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Nancy
What can I say? The organizational "controversy" surrounding this book really made me smile (or was it smirk?). Without telling too many (unladylike) tales out of school, I'll share that I learned at my Junior League book club (for "retired" leaguers) that this book was banned by the National organization. (for book sales that is the small world parallel to the Catholic church banning The DaVinci Code---i.e. "let's run out and buy it"!)

I wouldn't even dream of commenting on whether the author's
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Kathleen
Brilliant narration by Jenna Lamia. Set in Texas, this one is meant to be funny, heartbreaking, and a little poignant. It reminded me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips with all the snobby small-town characters, the country club, etc. Echoes of
Call Me Irresistible (Wynette, Texas #6) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

The main character transformed from Sandra Dee ("it's all about taste, sugar. Think pearls, bows, and beige") to a sexpot hellion, bringing to mind
Grease by Ron De Christoforo.

I listened to the story without taking any of the stereotypes and anachronisms seriously, just for a laugh (bu
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Amber
As active league member I always give my new provisional member a copy of this book. It's a fun look into how some of the more rigid leagues run and how it effects it's current members

There is southern prissiness on ever page as we watch Fredia have to find a way out of the mess her husband left her In. I loved the two characters come in to save Fredia! The obnoxious lawyer & and his new wife who still lives and dresses as if she were in the movie cluless.

And what does miss clueless want mor
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Allie Schembra
What can I say? I pretty much loved this book. As a member of the Junior League (though not in Texas) this story had me laughing out loud and rooting for Frede. The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas is described in exactly the way I imagined the Junior League to be. Exclusive and snobby with back-stabbing women who had nothing better to do all day than sip tea and think up ways to one-up another. Thankfully, my Junior League Chapter is nothing like that.

Frede Ware is the Queen of JLWC. The l
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Renee
"She had forgotten that it was possible, and decidedly more desirable, to wrap one's true feelings up in "bless your hearts" and "aren't you sweets"....Now don't misunderstand, it's not that Texas women don't have opinions or share them. We do. It's just that we wrap them up in honey and smiles and hugs until a sharp rebuke can feel like a compliment, the true meaning not sinking in until later, hitting like a left hook to the jaw. As the saying goes, a Texas woman can tell you to go to hell, an ...more
Maudeen Wachsmith
It was very upsetting to me when Olivia Goldsmith passed away several years ago as I had loved her wry sense of humor so. I do believe Linda Francis Lee must be channeling Olivia Goldsmith in this wonderful book, The Devil in the Junior League. She has the same fast pace and quick wit that were the hallmarks of so many of Goldsmith's bestsellers. I just loved this book from beginning to end and could hardly stand to put it down once I started it. It was just too much fun to see Gordon get what h ...more
Greta
Love it, love it, love it...
Maybe it's because I just finished my first new-member year with the Junior League of Minneapolis but I found this book absolutely delicious! The author writes as if you were there with her, and talks to you a la "Clarissa Explains It All" sort of way (Yea for Melissa Joan Hart!).

I would definitely recommend it... some parts get a bit boring, but there is always another juicy twist. Texas seems like a foreign country after reading this book, and beings that there are
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Wendy
Mar 24, 2008 Wendy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vacant people
Oh my god...how lame is this book????? The worst kind of chick lit! I think I lost IQ points just reading it.
Natalia
I picked this book up because I belong to the Junior League of St Louis, and curiosity got the better of me. My problems with the book, though, have little to do with her portayal of the Junior League, but more with the book's weird feeling of anachronism. While her main character is supposed to be 28 in a book published in 2007 and set in contemporary time, everybody in the book, and some of the details feel at least 10-20 years out of date.

- I am about the same age as the main character, and w
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Marsha
Southern women really are different. Even when their lives are imploding—the mistress shows up just after the wife (finally!) gets pregnant with her husband’s child—they maintain their cool. Then they plot revenge.

Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware struggles to turn the trashy Nikki Grout into someone the Junior League of Willow Creek will accept into their ranks because she needs the help of Nikki’s husband the lawyer and this is his price. In doing so, she obtains a little of Nikki’s joie de
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K
The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas, is tres exclusive. Undesirables need not apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (Frede to her friends) is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, its something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, theres only one person in town who stands a chance at h ...more
Gaia
Aug 02, 2009 Gaia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Gaia by: found it at the library
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was a complete surprise. I picked it up, hoping for a light, no-brainer read. It is a light read...quick, very witty and likable. And any book that gets banned by the National Junior League is A-Ok in my "book."

Frede Ware is someone I would completely dislike, but I ended up really liking and rooting for her by the end of the novel. The rest of the characters are fun, especially Nikki and Howard.

One of my few complaints echoes another reviewer. Frede is supposed to be 28 years old
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Michele
This is the most delightful piece of fluff fiction I've read in years. Witty, fast-paced, and, as the writer might put it, just north of Total Trash. The references to the moneyed classes and their idiosyncratic ways come off as amusing, rather than just plain yukky, a la "The Devil Wears Prada." Somehow, the protagonist is lovable, despite her blatant snobbery. The biggest disappointment is the hunk-o'-burnin'-love artist character, who is not as believable as the rest of the characters. But, h ...more
Molly Elder
Full of cliches and trite phrases, this book read like a cheap romance novel. I was looking for something light and entertaining, so I was really disappointed by this implausible, poorly written book. In addition, the author's characterization of The Junior League was completely inaccurate. She exploits all of the myths of the League, and her description of the League's selection process looks more closely like it did in my grandmother's day and age (the 1950's and 60's) than it does today. I to ...more
Mary Dawson
Listened to the audio of this one too, and it might have helped a lot. The narrator's Texas accent and sensibilities were right on target, made it a delightful tale to listen to. I gave it four stars not because it's great literature, but because it's really good at being what it is, a light-hearted and entertaining tale about how the former miss everything in a small Texas town rises from the ashes because she's not really the uber *itch she's been bred to be.
Lois Duncan
This was a fun read! When I was young (19) I married a law student. When he passed the bar, my mother forced me to join the Junior League to "help further his career." The marriage didn't last. Neither did my membership in the League. I quit after 2 months, because it simply wasn't my thing. I wanted to stay home and write books. I enjoyed this cleverly written, tongue-in-cheek book very much.
Lisette
For light, summer reading, this was perfect. I liked that it wasn't too cliche. But, that said, it's still pretty predictable, following most the chick lit formulas. I picked it up because I'm sticking with my resolve to read only books about happy/upbeat/positive characters. While Fredde is snobby in some regards, she has some hidden depths and I liked her refusal to be knocked down. So this gets 4 stars for making me smile and keeping me entertained, Since some bad experiences with highly rate ...more
Anna
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Sandra
I'm reading the large print version of this book (anything to avoid wearing my glasses) and I have to say that the old adage 'don't judge a book by its cover' fits this book very well. I could have been very put off by the cover of this book - it's terrible! But I am enjoying the book so far. I am finding it very amusing, as I have a friend in Dallas who told me over 20 yrs ago that NOBODY wears white after Labor Day! I'm also married to a Texan (I'm an Aussie) but fortunately he's from the wron ...more
Linda
Debated on giving this a 3 or 4 but in a nod to my friend Joan I went with a 4. This book was just plain fun.
Elizabeth
A cute book. I enjoyed reading this book. Not too deep, but entertaining, and sometimes true-to -life.
Barb
Funny in a NC way.
Nicole
This is the only book I have ever recycled. And by that I mean into the recycling bin because I couldn't bear to give it away. Books are sacred to me and I never thrown them away. Except this one.

Disclaimer #1: I usually hate "chick lit," especially books that emphasize petty, shallow females. Disclaimer #2: I have been a long term Junior League member and never witnessed any of this. Which leads to my "however" Disclaimer #3: However, I have never been a member of a Southern League (Northeast a
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Kathy Chung
Reviewed at : Mama Kucing Meow : The Devil In The Junior League By Linda Francis Lee

Reviewed on : September 28, 2010

Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware(wow...what a mouthful), Frede to her friends have the perfect life. She is rich and from the old money group in Taxes. She is a member of Junior League of Willow Creek and is expected to be the next president-elect of JLWC. The members of JLWC are consist of those rich and high power women in the society. They are the trend setter.

She have a hand
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Winnie
From Amazon:
"Former Junior Leaguer Linda Francis Lee has crafted a scandalously delicious novel that takes you deep into the heart of Texas blue-blood society.

The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas, is très exclusive. Undesirables need not apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware (Frede to her friends) is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under
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Jennifer
If at first you fall on your face, the only acceptable response is to pick yourself up, refluff your hair, and go on bigger and better than ever. Wallowing in self-pity, or, worse yet, apologizing, is unacceptable. Even acknowledging that you bungled something is beaucoup unacceptable. It shows weakness, and being weak is far worse than making a mistake. Moreover, if you hold your head high and you navigate a blunder carefully, most people will forget that you ever made one.

This is the philosoph
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Rebecca
This book was everything it promises to be. Of course, it's no literary masterpiece, but I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook--sheer entertainment. At first the actresses' overdone Southern accent was a bit annoying, but I got used to it and her talent for different voices for each character was impressive. My friend and I listened on our hour commute to and from our classes, and it was so much fun and a great distraction from econometrics. If you've ever moved even a little through Southern and/or ...more
Melissa
It was okay. This isn't really my "type" of book in general but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was more closely related to me and my life experiences. Although I found many of the main characters escapades to be entertaining, if I had any personal experience with the organization I think I would have been rolling on the floor laughing. So... not for me but definitely has potential for a better suited audience.
Shannon
This book is like reading a Lifetime movie. It's so bad but you can't stop reading. I knew what was going to happen after the first couple chapters. Still I could not put this book down....why you ask. Maybe because I had to see just how it was going to end. Maybe because I had to get to the happy ending I knew was coming.

I will say I did skip paragraphs at a time because they were so useless in the whole story. I got very annoyed with Frede's attitude and use of French words. I did enjoy the p
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