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Bras & Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  8,945 Ratings  ·  597 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Weinstein just can't believe it. Her younger sister, Miri, and her mum are both witches How come SHE didn't get the powers that could have propelled her effortlessly into school superstardom?

Miri refuses to use her witchy skills for the benefit of humankind (i.e. Rachel). Which is a drag, given that Rachel has an urgent need of some supersonic danc
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The first time I read this book, which was nine years ago, I was close to immune to immaturity, probably because I wasn’t as mature as I thought myself or simply didn’t mind it.

But now that I’m not immune anymore, meaning that it affects me—annoys me and makes me want to pull the hair out of my head in extreme cases—it doesn’t go unnoticed anymore.

This book is undoubtedly immature. The storyline, characters and even spells are. But the difference between Rachel here and, let’s say, Clary from Th
Not bad.. just not for me...

Can't seem to connect with the MC and her narrative is not working for me. I loved Mlynowski's book Gimme a Call, but this one is just not my style.


(Note: Did not finish this book. Got to the point where Rachel is plotting to break up her dad's impending wedding with the STBSM by using her sister's new found powers as a witch, and she's also contemplating on how else she can benefit from this situation.)
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME!!!!! So interesting so AWESOME!!!!!!

u guys gotta read it! (NOW!!!)
The only thing that gets this book two stars is that, rather than sticking to the done-before theme of teenager-suddenly-finds-out-she's-a-witch, Mlynowski switches things up a bit and gives us teenager-suddenly-finds-out-that-her-younger-sister-(and her mother)-is-a-witch.

Why did the magical powers skip Rachel, and go straight to her younger sister, Miri? Her mother explains that it could be because Miri is more mature than her older sister. Rachel demonstrates her lack of maturity throughout t
oh my god
I remember this fucking book
I read when I was like 10 or something
You’ve heard this all before – self-absorbed teen girl wants desperately to be A-list, finds a way to get in with that group, starts treating her other friends and family like crap because she must maintain her status or die. Lots of conniving and manipulation and lies, then it all falls apart, girl left with only her wits and a lot of apologies to make all around. Ends abruptly.

That was the general plot line. Except that there's witchcraft. I can’t STAND to read things like this. I know that ba
Alison Lin
Rachel is the main character in this book. it is told in a first person perspective. Miri, Rachel's sister just figured out that she is a witch. Rachel also figured out that her mom was a witch but never told anyone about it. Rachel and Miri tried to get STB(Soon-to-be-step-mother) to say that she hates them and her dad with the truth spell but it didn't work. All she said was how much she loved her dad and the sisters. I think that this book is similar to another book i read which is called Tr ...more
This book is an insult to every witch series involving teenagers that has ever existed.

Typical book involving teenagers being told not to do something, doing it anyway, and not caring about the consequences. Rachel is the most shallow, selfish character I've ever had the misfortune to read about. Her mind is nowhere I ever want to be again.

Such a waste of a potentially interesting idea.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Being fourteen is hard work--and nobody knows that better than Rache Weinstein. She's got a major crush on the two most popular guys in school, Raf and Mick; she's been dumped by her best friend since preschool, Jewel, and instead has hooked up with not-so-popular Tammy; she's got the rhythm of a baboon and so didn't get to audition for her school's all-important fashion show; she's a quasi B-lister instead of a coveted A-lister; her dad is getting ready to mar
Oct 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
First off I have to start by saying that Sarah Mlynowski is a genious. I have read many books of hers in the past, though most of them have been her women's fiction, this was my first YA novel of hers and even though I rated it at 3 stars, I still really enjoyed it, but I think it lacked in a few aspects.

I thought this book started off great. The characters in this story are awesome. I really liked Rachel as the main character and Miri is quite possibly the coolest young witch around. I even lov
What a humorous book! I don't know if I was supposed to find this book as funny as I did, but I laughed so often, I'm sure my family thought I was crazy!
Rachel & Miri get into such trouble trying spells when they're not supposed to and the side effects they see are just hilarious. The fact that these girls are quite young and navigating this new world (although Rachel is doing it though Miri) made it even more funny because the problems they saw as so big were not nearly so big.
I did think t
The book was sweet and nice, but it definitely made me never want to be on a stage again...
Bethany Miller
3.5 stars

Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mylnowski hilariously blends the supernatural with the realities of the popularity contest that is present in every high school. Rachel can't believe her luck when she finds out that her little sister Miri is a witch. Though she's miffed that her little sister inherited this power from their mother and she did not, she quickly thinks of ways that she can use her sister’s power to her own advantage. Primarily, she wants to become more popular and get Raf,
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I ask myself why I like Sarah mlynowskis books. Because I do. I like them A LOT. It's not as I can identify with the main character. She's often a girl who doesn't overthink like I tend to do, who's rather confident and very much of a teenage girl stereotype. She knows she looks good , she's incredibly selfish and she's ready for fun.
Which is not me at all. If anything I'm more like Miri.

But I do like them. Oh god do I like them. Maybe because they're different from me. Probably becau
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
In one word, the plot was tired. This book has been done so many times, with so many variations of the one simple plot structure: Girl is a loser. Girl finds a way to make herself not a loser with careful scheming and manipulation. Girl drops her true friends for popularity. Everything fails miserably in the end. Girl's new life falls to pieces. Old friends are nice and come back to her in the end.
The only twist on this old story was the magical aspect, and even that didn't really make it all t
Emily Hunholz
I have never disliked a narrator more than I disliked Rachel, the whiney, self-absorbed, superficial teenager who finds out that her sister Miri is a witch. Rachel convinces her sister to use magic to improve her own life, and surprise, surprise, everything gets messed up. Because of Rachel’s selfishness, she dumps her best friend and sabotages her dad’s wedding. Every time she hurts someone else, she has an excuse for why it’s okay. I found myself hoping for bad things to happen to Rachel, and ...more
Okay maybe this isn't exactly "childrens" but maybe more middle grade than YA. It's been a long time since I've read a MC so immature and I read a LOT of childrens/MG/YA.

Spoiled, entitled, self-centered, and just generally one great big ol' Nope.

I was really disappointed, because this looked like it might be a cute little series to listen to -- especially since I enjoyed Don't Even Think About It.
Yea, although I love me a good witchy storytelling in my stories at times. And even using magic. I was not a fan of the MC being such a liar and a manipulator. And even one of the worse big sisters I have ever read about in a book in a while. And even while things fell through for her in the end. And she was feeling bad. She was coming back around to wanting to use her sister again. Ugh so not a fan.
I read this book back to back with the sequel. First, the magic in this book actually plays a much smaller role than I expected and seems less creatively handled than I would have liked. Nonetheless, I thought the trick of narrating the story from the sister of the witch rather than the one with powers was clever. Overall, a decent young adult novel, but not great and no especially interesting narrative voice or plot twists.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is honestly one of the funnier books I have read, granted I read it when I 13 or 14 but to this day I still use Rachel's saying of "Yahoo to the power of two!" I knew this book wasn't the next great American novel- it's a silly fast read so to expect more is foolish.

Rachel bothered me at times but the laughs that I had while reading the whole series made it all worth while! So my suggestion would be if your looking for a light silly read try it! If not look else where!
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these books when I was younger and I had totally forgotten how much fun they are! Rachel must be, without any doubt, the most selfish girl ever - But she does indeed have some hilarious thoughts about her life, boys and her friends - Such a great book, can't wait to read the rest the books!!
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, young_ya
Rachel's little sister, Miri, is a witch. (Apparently it runs in the family - her mom's one too. ) Rachel tries to use this to advantage by having her sister cast spells to break up dad's pending wedding to wicked stop mom, make her popular, and possibly get some boobs.

Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... If I were ever to teach middle school again, this would definitely be on the shelf for middle school girls. If you're out of high school (and not a teacher), I would not recommend this one.

This book was fun! I loved the character Miri.
Trite, predictable, and with a main character so shallow that if you filled her with water, you couldn't get a puddle out of the deal. Spilled milk has more depth. I weep for the state of teen fiction that this not only got published, it's the first of a multi-book series.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun cute and light - just like the doctor ordered!
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
A cute, funny book. It got a little frusturating and annoying in the end, but it was still a fun read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something light.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in Grade 6 but thought it was pretty boring!! I thought it was just a story that went on and on and nothing happened! I wouldn't recommend this to anyone
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very funny it made me happy and curios at the same time and i want to read the second book now to see what happens next in the chapters.
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
Very funny. Very well written. I couldn't put it down!
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