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The Ruling Class

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  220 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
In the posh suburban Dallas high school of Highland Park, the beautiful and perfect Jeanette Sue is queen. The Ruling Class, her clique of spectacularly cruel girls, runs the school. Brutally. And no one questions them. Certainly not the little suck-up Myrna Fry, whose only aim in life is to be part of the Ruling Class, no matter what or who gets trashed. It's a nightmare ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published October 12th 2004)
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Jan 14, 2011 Sierra rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
As someone who loves YA, despite being in my 20s, I try to give many books a chance, no matter how juvenile the plot sounds. That said, this plot sounded promising. A typical set of mean girls who rule the school, and a new girl from the wrong side of town who will take them down, teach them a lesson, or something similar.

However, this book was atrocious. The plot was very simple, predictable, and contrived. The characters had zero depth, even by YA chick lit standards. The new girl, who in this
Lauren (the lame lady)
I feel like I should explain the high rating for this. Normally, I hate this genre, which I like to call tween chicklit. I liked this book because it was an outlier in it's genre. In most books where a typical set of popular girls rules the school, the underdog teaches them a lesson in a respectful way, or learns that they are actually nice and misunderstood, waaahhh! In this novel, however, the underdog MC is just as outright stupid, mean, nasty, judgemental, and vicious as the 'mean girls'. I ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Charlotte rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-thankyou
Not only was this book horrible, it was REALLY offensive to a lot of cultures. The characters were under-developed greatly and I couldn't even get to know them since they had literally every personality out there. The plot line was cliche and the whole book is not worth your time. I do NOT recommend this to anyone.
Mar 25, 2010 Ala rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all! Especially with the character Myrna Fry constantly sucking up to the 'popular's', and thinking that they actually like her.
Apr 10, 2010 Lisa rated it did not like it
Jeanette Sue is the perfect girl. Twyla is the new girl, and the newest wanna be is Myrna. Myrna thinks she's the best, but she's not. She is just a wannabe stalker girl. It gets annoying after 3 chapters. Twyla is obsessed with Myrna, trying to get her to loose everything she has.
I can make a text to world connection. Everywhere in high-school, there's the it girl. The wannabes, and the newbie. Thats Jeanette, Twyla and Myrna.
I gave this book 1 star. I absolutely HATED this book. First of al
Jan 14, 2012 Merary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard-core fans of Francine Pascal, Shallow people
Normally I wouldn't even TRY to pick any of Francine Pascal's book, but since this was in the school library at plain view, I decided to give it a try. Pascal has another series: Sweet Valley High. Which I don't even want to read. (I read enough summaries to know how ridiculous and melodramatic they are. And is a very big series, so I don't want to experience it.) I might want to read the Fearless series, but first things first.
So . . . I picked this book.
The Ruling Class is about the the leader
Ashlyn Leach
Apr 18, 2013 Ashlyn Leach rated it liked it
This wasn't the best book I've ever read but it held my attention! Jeanette Sue is the most popular and gorgeous girl in school. There are 4 or 5 others in the "ruling class" but they're just J.S. 's shadows. Then there's Myrna Fry. She's like a puppy dog. She always follows them around and will do anything to please the RC's. She was a major pushover and was always in denial about it. Next is Twyla Gay, the new girl. She came from a poor family and was just looking for acceptance and a friend. ...more
Alyce E
Jan 05, 2014 Alyce E rated it it was ok
Oof. For some reason, the center where we had our retreat (at the Lutheran seminary in Hyde Park) had two copies of this book. I would not say it teaches kids good lessons, but whatever. My friend Kirsten and I were gonna book-club it and just each read it super fast, but it was so bad she couldn't get through it. I don't blame her - I quit after halfway through. Embarrassing thing is, I've read this before. Basically, teenagers are assholes, but LORD I hope they aren't as bad as Pascal's first- ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
This was the first fiction book I read when I was a young teen. When I was young I didn't read books on my own time so the fact that I read this was a big deal. I had my mom buy it for me at the time from Target honestly because I liked the way the cover look and the description caught my eye too. I stayed interested through the whole book. I really felt for the girl being bullied. I think my reading the book and feeling for the girl has to do with my history of being bullied when I was younger. ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Savannah rated it it was amazing
this book is so intimidating,the reason why i like this book is because it teaches me what to do and not to do when your getting bullied so that's why i like this book.
Aug 05, 2008 CHEERBUG! rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pre-teens/ tennager's
Recommended to CHEERBUG! by: the keller librarian
I loved this book it only took me like two or three days to read I really enjoyed it I learned that popular girl's arn't really what your exspect them to be that they are and they treat other's really horrible and in the end girl's don't want to associate with the popular girl's because they're bitter, disrespectful, and total b's .I also learned don't let no one treat you like crap or make you someone that you're not.Just be your self.Because you can be a nice popular girl that everyone nows an ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Valerie rated it it was ok
This book was really pretty stupid. The only reason it gets 2 stars instead of 1 is because it was readable enough to finish.
Jun 04, 2014 Audeline rated it liked it
An easy fun, typical high school clique book, but set in a prestigious city.
Gloria Green
It was OK, but a little different than most YA stories.......
May 15, 2012 Marley rated it it was ok
The Ruling Class by Francine Pascal, isn't the best book ever written. It was too full of alot of confusion between different thoughts and storys. I think that it was an okay storyline, with different perspectives and what not, but everyone in the book is super snobby and stuck up, which makes it boring and almost dreadful to read. It's not bad, it's just not something i would really reccommened to other people looking for something good to read.
Amber Stafos
Oct 07, 2011 Amber Stafos rated it it was ok
In high school, things can be hard with a name such as 'Twyla Gay'. As she tries to make it though high school, the populars known as the 'Ruling Class' try to take her down and push away all her hope. The struggles she has to endure to defeat the RC show that even though you aren't popular or pretty, with friends you can achive anything you set your mind to, even putting the unpopular students in charge of the school!
Brittani Williams
Students will be able to relate to this book. It's all about the politics of high school and what you need to do to make it through! Pascal has created characters that readers will be able to make a connection with. I would do a book trailer for this book and suggest it for my students ( 7th grade-9th) to read.
Jan 18, 2011 Lupita rated it it was amazing
This book is great. Is about a girl called Twayla Gay who gets bullied in school. But when one of Jannetts pranks gets Twaylas life in danger.Twayla decides to put an end to this. So she and another girl who also got bullied mark an end to the rc.
Kendi Lester
Apr 26, 2016 Kendi Lester rated it it was amazing
It was a quite interesting book. I really enjoyed reading it. I couldn't stop reading the book because it was so entertaining and funny. You will enjoy reading this great novel by Francine Pascal.
Jun 07, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok
The book had a good ending (as all teenage girl books do) but was just so- mean. It's like Mean Girls all over again. I suppose if you liked the movie, you may like this book.
Kayla Eklund
Jan 30, 2014 Kayla Eklund rated it did not like it
I got a chapter into this book, and I just can't take all the stereotyped comments. Making fun of Mexicans, and Jews, and etc etc. This is a DNF for me.
Um kids who go to Highland High School are super normal (at least the ones I know)
I know this is a work of fiction but come on, give these kids some slack
Oct 18, 2013 Sweetreads001 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. I absolutely love the sweet valley high books. And I absolutely love this author. So all you haters can suck it.
Michelle Chase
Jul 30, 2011 Michelle Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was suck a great book!! I reccomend just taking a day to sit down and read it because it's such as easy read.
Swen Cilati
Jan 23, 2008 Swen Cilati rated it really liked it
This book shows just how smart, and dumb, some people can be. It puts a whole new view on revenge.. hilarious!
Jan 24, 2009 ♥Marissa♥ rated it it was ok
Really good book about popular buttheads, and getting revenge. Really funny, too. :D

Mean Girls did a better job. I think Francine Pascal should stick to what she knows.
Apr 20, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
it wasn't that bad of a book...but it was still a good book.
Sheila Read
Jul 08, 2013 Sheila Read rated it it was amazing
I have read so many of these books I can't remember all of them.
Sophie Breukelman
i think this a very inpirational book!
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Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the ...more
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