The Bitch Posse

The Bitch Posse

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by Martha O'Connor

ISBN-10: 0312333927

ISBN-13: 9780312333928

Pub. Date: 05/01/2005

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Extraordinary Praise for Martha O'Connor

"The Bitch Posse is dark, poignant, and only too believable. Renny, Cherry, and Amy are strivers at school by day and connivers by night. Self-styled rebels without a clue, they are bound together in friendship. Little do they realize that there will come a day when their naive passions will lead them to a vicious mishap,


Extraordinary Praise for Martha O'Connor

"The Bitch Posse is dark, poignant, and only too believable. Renny, Cherry, and Amy are strivers at school by day and connivers by night. Self-styled rebels without a clue, they are bound together in friendship. Little do they realize that there will come a day when their naive passions will lead them to a vicious mishap, blood that will stay on their hands for the rest of their lives. This is a book that will walk alongside you, and haunt your dreams, long after you turn the last page."—-Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean and A Theory of Relativity

"The fierce young heroines of Martha O'Connor's uncompromising novel team up in high school and head out into the night to raise hell—-not knowing, of course, the infernal depths to which their anger and pain can take them. From the first the story of Rennie, Cherry, and Amy is eye-popping: a profane and unabashed account of a girls' pact to get out of the Midwest and get even with the small-town toss of the dice that's doomed them. Told in dramatic flash-like chapters, skimming back and forth through time, and allowing raw emotion to be its nerve-addled guide, The Bitch Posse is a debut worthy of Joyce Carol Oates. That is, O'Connor steals into Oates's bleak, erotically desolate territory by night to explore the pathology of adolescent loneliness and longing, along the way making full-fledged women of this compellingly capricious sister act. And in the end, it's lit—-just so—-by the glow of the dying fires of youth, and bitter with the taste of the aftermath ashes of a hard-won yet oddly hopeful wisdom."—-Edmund White, author of Fanny: A Fiction

"This is a novel that gets under the skin, a novel that cuts deep. Martha O'Connor has crafted a trio of unforgettable characters, young women so heart-wrenchingly alive, they burst from the page. The Bitch Posse has all the makings of a modern-day classic; it left me shaken, moved, and deeply grateful for the journey."—-Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds and winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction

"A nuanced and often disturbing consideration of the assets and liabilities of friendship and loyalty. Very brave mother-daughter book groups will do well to choose this novel!" -Katharine Weber, author of Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women

"Every once in a while a book comes along that speaks the truth so intensely that it's a bit like ambulance chasing: You want to look away but simply can't. In this era of Prada-obsessed chick-lit heroines and Machiavellian Mean Girls, the young women in The Bitch Posse are complex Every Girls—-precocious but confused, wry but sad, rebellious but stability-seeking, insecure yet powerful. An exquisitely observant portrait of three very different best friends whose lives change forever on a fateful night in high school, The Bitch Posse is one of the saddest, funniest, and most original stories about deep emotional connections and the forces that threaten to unravel them."—-Lori Gottlieb, author of Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first chapter I wasnt sure I was going to like this book but it really picks up and becomes a great read! It is a great reminder of all of the things that girls go through in high school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book. I read this book within 2 days. I couldnt put it down. I recommend this book to teenagers and older-younger adults. The way this story was written kept my curiouslity flowing and had me wanting to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
crazy, intense, sexy and fun this book made life as a teenager seem so fun and you begin to wish you had friends like Rennie amy and cherrie suprising and really great I love this book it was really inspirational. a tale of TRUE friendship that u see rarely these days. it was absolutely awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this book was put together and the way it was written, a great read, I look forward to more books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely fell in love with this book. Its so intense and just over takes you. I couldn't stop reading it. Very explicit and real. Highly recommended (16+).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked on this book from page one! It is such a wonderful talent from a first time author. Look forward to many more books from this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the best books i have ever read . i can never not talk about it it really did influnce me in many ways this book really did teach me diffrent things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly sexy and provocative. It was so natural. The characters were so well developed that you feel like they are real. Impossible to put down, it's a real adventure to read. It will make you laugh and cry, and it will make you angry and forgiving. It's a great story you will never forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me, the title of this book suggested a light-hearted read about teenage angst. However, this novel is so much more. The reader is instantly pulled into the turbulent teenage lives of high school seniors: Amy, Cherry, and Rennie. Each girl is coping with family life issues that one would hope an average teen would never have to deal with. It's a raw and gritty coming of age tale. There's a lot to make you grimace while reading this book. For example, there's a scene where the threesome pledge their allegiance to the friendship by cutting their arms and drawing blood and then mixing the blood in a jar. A dreadful event and secret shatters the friendship. The reader is taken on a journey that goes back and forth from the self-proclaimed Posse's senior year in high school until the young women are in their thirties. There's no fairy tale ending in this book. It's all raw, in your face, and real. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an intense and fascinating book. I have recently become an avid reader and I must say that this is by far the best book I have read yet. Recommended to all and I am still trying to pass the book on to anyone who likes a juicy book. The story is so realistic by the accounts of what teenagers face today. It is amazing how many teenagers and women are living the parallel lives of these three women. The accounts of their lives are similiar to the accounts that you hear from real adults in treatment while working in the field of mental health and substance abuse. People can tell you their stories but this book allowed me to feel like I was living the events with them. It is also interesting to see how their life experiences bonded their friendship and how a traumatic event could never allow them to repair it. I bought the book and could not stop reading it until it was finished. When it was over I was sad that the reading had to end. I loved the way the book kept you reading it so you could get back to one of the character within that time frame.This is one of those books that you will think about for many days after you have finished it. Can't wait for another book like this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want a Grim, In-Your-Face Adventure? Ride with Martha O¿Connor;s THE BITCH POSSE. The girls have no one but each other. Amy comes from a home where drunken parents can¿t give the damn they feel for her, or her mentally retarded sister. Rennie¿s father has married a girl half his age. They have a baby, leaving little room for Rennie in their lives. Cherry¿s mom snorts cocaine, and smokes dope with Cherry. Once high, they fight--savagely. Calling themselves The Bitch Posse, the three teens flounder at high school, supporting each other through episodes of bad grades and well-meaning teachers who try break up the group, believing them bad for each other. The Bitch Posse also rallies together when the harsher stuff hits: screaming fights at Amy¿s, Cherry¿s mom unconscious in the john from an overdose, and Rennie¿s dad just not there when she needs him. But all that is nothing when real trouble hits-- the kind that alters the lives of The Bitch Posse forever. Will they work through the mess, and become healthy young adults? Or will they remain damaged? Author Martha O¿Connor, lets us decide for ourselves by the end of the book. Shifting from Amy, Cherry, and Rennie¿s teen years to their young adulthood and back, she puts their lives together like a puzzle. A picture of incredible anguish emerges, punctuated by aching tenderness and beauty when they gather to help each other. Through this emotional mix, O¿Connor creates real people. We sympathize with The Bitch Posse's experiences, recognizing in them our own teenage angst. We also cringe at their escapades, realizing but for strong parents, teachers, or other mentors, we might have made the same bad choices these girls did. O¿Connor guides our reactions by interweaving each character¿s point of view through story. She employs direct, and elegant language, changing the rhythm, sentence structure, and sound of her words to mach her characters¿ personalities, moods, and actions. Solid scenes support the vivid voices of Amy, Rennie, and Cherry. Each setting has a purpose. From Rennie¿s torrid affairs of pure sex without love as a young woman, to Cherry¿s self-destructive behavior throughout her life, little in THE BITCH POSSE is gratuitous. By the end of the the book, we love and hate; hope and despair for these girls-turned-woman. We realize that sometimes even negative influences are okay, when that¿s all we have. We feel a lot of `there but for the Grace, go I.¿ THE BITCH POSSE is grim and in-your-face. It¿s definitely not for kids--at least without strict parental guidance and discussion during reading. Still, THE BITCH POSSE makes us think about lives we might have had, and the lives our friends and neighbors might face. A book should do that once in a while. If you¿re up for it, THE BITCH POSSE is a moving read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, very truthful, and very realistic for me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for someone to do what Martha O'connor has done--tell the truth about what it really means to be a rebel. This book is controversial because it is no longer 'hip' for girls and women to really connect with each other. While the tone is at times sad and even cynical, the message of hope comes through loud and clear. We can still find meaning here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can I just say that this has got to be one of the best books I've read. Ever. I was hooked after the first few pages and just got drawn in more and more with each page turn. One might think from the title that this is a chick book. One would be wrong. Although I'm sure the primary target audience is female, this is decidedly *not* some schmaltzy Lifetime-esque story. The book explores the lives of 3 female characters: Rennie, Cherry and Amy - The Bitch Posse. The reader is taken on a journey which (so far) jumps back and forth from 1988 to 2003 for each of the protagonists, who are actually also antagonists (to themselves anyway). Each of their stories is unique, but at the same time eerily and heartbreaklingly similar to the others'. I'm going to stop with that because you really need to buy this book and read it for yourself. Yes, It's *that* good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After slowly reading through the first half of the book over a period of days, I sat down read the last 160 pages in one night. It was definitely something I wanted to read through, to see the end of, to find out what happened. The story seemingly has no real beginning, no real middle, and no real end, but of course in a sense it has all those things. The three main characters (as teenagers) spend their time rebelling against the common mores of their community. Their actions and reactions are such that at one point I thought: 'God, aren't these girls just whining middle class Midwesterners?' But then I realized: I'm a whining middle class Midwesterner and these girls are exactly (all of them, not just the Posse but the other, more popular girls, too) are the people I remember from high school. The book captures an aspect of small town Midwestern life that I remember vividly. One can see the story as it appears on the surface: three friends, small town boredom, middle class angst, horrifically 'upstanding' people; or one can look deeper and see the disorder of the soul that comes from this pretense of virtue in a vicious world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was eager to read this. It has been heavily promoted as 'another Donna Tartt, Alice Sebold, or Joyce Carol Oates'. Well, I don't think it's fair to the book to do this as it sets a very high expectation that is hard to meet. While this book is well written, and lyrical in parts, it is not in the same league as those other writers. This story has a very 'look at me', self-conscious feel about it. This is immediately evident by the beginning, and the rather pathetic attempt to both capitalize on and look down upon the popularity of the chick lit genre by marketing this as 'anti-chick lit'. My main issue though with this book is the way I felt when I finished, with an empty, 'so what' kind of feeling. Why did I just spend a few hours reading a story that really didn't say anything? or go anywhere? There is no character growth here. So one is left wondering, 'what was the point?'