The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies

The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies

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When Maggie starts her senior year of high school at ritzy all-girls Berkley Prep, she hopes to make a few new friends and reinvent herself as a popular girl. Then she's tapped to become a member of the most powerful clique at Berkley, the Revelers. Sure, the Revelers know how to have a good time, but they're deadly serious when it comes to their social cause: collecting the secrets of today's teenagers. At first Maggie is seduced by her new friends' wealth and passion for truth. But when the Revelers start using what they know about others for their own benefit, she starts having second thoughts. Especially when Maggie herself is put at risk...
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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 287 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white line drawings
  • 0142413895
  • 9780142413890

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274 ratings
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4 27% (73)
3 36% (98)
2 15% (42)
1 5% (14)

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Maggie Wishnick has moved from a small town in New Jersey to the Big Apple and is about to start as a senior at the prestigious Berkley Prep. On her first day, she meets Anne Marie, who is smart and friendly, but not one of the powerful girls of Berkley. Those girls would be Victoria, Lexi, and Sydney. But those three treat Maggie as if she is invisible. After hearing about a secret, invitation-only party being given by Victoria on the gym bus, Maggie crashes the party. Not only does she meet Connor, a super hot boy, but she also saves the day when the cops come to trash the party and Victoria, Lexi, and Sydney need a place to hide out. After that fateful night, the three popular girls embrace Maggie, much to her surprise. After a pledge week for Maggie, she is accepted into their tight group, that they've named the Revelers. The girls help Maggie capture Connor's attention, and learn how to be more fashionable and popular. But the girls have secrets. And not just secrets of their own. But secrets on everyone they go to school with. And on one fateful night, all of the secrets are revealed, and Maggie is on the outside once again. Each chapter of the book begins with interesting facts on the life cycle and migration pattern of butterflies, reminiscent of Sue Monk Kidd's THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. And for those wanting more information, the references are listed for more details. The story of the new girl wanting to join in with the popular girls and then something bad happening has been told before, but Ms. Zindel gives the story more excitement and depth. The reader gets a hint that all is not as it seems, especially with Victoria, but Ms. Zindel keeps all the details hidden until the night of the party when the secrets are revealed to all. The story moves along quickly, keeping the reader engrossed. Though you may think that you are supposed to find Victoria, Lexi, and Sydney to be the evil ones, there really are no truly mean and evil characters that other stories seem to include. They may not be as innocent and righteous as Maggie, but they do have some good qualities. This is the first story I've read by Ms. Zindel, but growing up, I was a fan of her father's work. I'm pleased to say that she has become an author on her own abilities, and I will definitely be checking out GIRL OF THE MOMENT next. For an entertaining read of life of the rich private school set, this is a great book to pick up!show more
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