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The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills by Joanna Pearson
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Jul 14, 2011

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Read from July 14 to 19, 2011

3.5 stars. I enjoyed this fun, girly book that did also delve into the whole mean girl phenom as well as issues of friendship, acceptance, and anthropological observations. Janice is a junior in high school whose mom still dances 'The Pony' and is urging her to compete in the annual Miss Livermush Pageant. Livermush is a food product composed of pig liver, head parts, and cornmeal (yuck, btw). As part of her fervent interest in anthropology Janice agrees to compete so that she can further observe her peers in this social rite of passage. Her best friend Margo is also competing, as well as some of the mean girls of their school. Janice has a guy friend named Paul who she starts realizing may be more than just a really cool friend. But Janice also has a crush on gorgeous and broody Jimmy. Janice soon discovers that she can't always just be on the sidelines observing and that being a part of the action isn't all that bad. Good summer read, especially for teen girls.
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