The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills
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The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills

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The Japanese hold a Mogi ceremony for young women coming of age. Latina teenagers get quinceaneras. And Janice Wills of Melva, NC ... has to compete in the Miss Livermush pageant. Janice loves anthropology--the study of human cultures--and her observations help her identify useful rules in the chaotic world of high school. For instance: Dancing is an effective mating ritual--but only if you're good at it; Hot Theatre Guys will never speak to Unremarkable Smart Girls like Janice and her best friend, Margo; and a Beautiful Rich Girl will always win Melva's annual Miss Livermush pageant. But when a Hot Theatre Guy named Jimmy Denton takes an interest in Janice, all her scientific certainties explode. For the first time, she has to be part of the culture that she's always observed; and all the charts in the world can't prove how tough--and how sweet--real participation and a real romance can be. Funny, biting, and full of wisdom, this marks the debut of a writer to watch.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Scholastic US
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0545197732
  • 9780545197731
  • 1,363,448

About Joanna Pearson

Joanna Pearson grew up in the actual Livermush Capital of the World -- Shelby, North Carolina. She recently received both her MD and MFA degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Journal of the American Medical Association. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. This is her first novel.show more

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[A] laugh-out-loud debut . . . All along the way, she imparts amusing quips on high school s taxonomy of students and the small-town South, occasionally illustrating her observations with frequently hysterical diagrams, pie charts and graphs. . . . Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor. -- Kirkus Reviews"show more

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377 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
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4 25% (94)
3 46% (174)
2 15% (57)
1 3% (12)

Our customer reviews

This book was funny, charming and bittersweet at times, although sometimes I felt it was a typical teenager book, much like gossip girl and such. The main character is Janice a young girl who is your typical awkward to intelligent for her own good- teenager. Janice wants to be an anthropologist and as so sees everything from a distance, until her mom tries to convince her to participate in Miss Livermush pageant (shudder) and in the end Janice agrees so that she can actually have some in site for a project she's making. Then you have the best friend, who might not be exceptionally bright or beautiful, but tends to get in trouble with the popular girls, in this story she's called Margo. You've also got the popular athletic guy, who seems all good, until he isn't, and his name is Jimmy. And the male best friend who we all know has got hots for his best friend. And the "queen of the school" who is of course tall, beautiful and rich, and she has a group of girls who follow her around. But after saying that this book does have some things that make it unique, such as the references to how people come to age in different cultures and the Pony dance (I totally want to learn it) Overall an enjoyable book and a good light summer read.show more
by Nathiel Gold
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