The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills

The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills

by Joanna Pearson
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Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Nathiel More than 1 year ago
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.
purplerose75 More than 1 year ago
As a former high school nerd, there probably wasn't much chance of me not liking this book. Fortunately, unlike Janice, I was never required to enter a local (or any other) scholarship pageant. In Janice's case, it's either participate in the Miss Livermush pageant or be shunned forever. She really doesn't care. As a budding anthropologist, she is content to watch from the sidelines as her family and friends (and enemies) go through life. Her mother, however, has decided that life as she knows it will absolutely end if Janice doesn't enter the pageant. So, with several goals in mind, including adding a chapter about coming-of-age rituals to her ever-growing anthology paper, she finally agrees to enter. The experience changes Janice in ways she never expected. In The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills, Janice learns more about herself and how she views the world (and how the world views her) than she does about the pageant. And I learned what livermush is. Ewww. I won this book in a Goodreads First-Read giveaway.
taraps More than 1 year ago
I had to wait to get this book because my store was out when I first tried to get a copy, but it was worth the wait! Janice Will is such a great, witty narrator with an accurate assessment of life in high school. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely recommend it to others looking for a funny, touching take on life in high school.
EPreston More than 1 year ago
Funny and astute, this book is true to the experience of growing up awkward in the Deep South (as well, one assumes, as anywhere). Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary333ML More than 1 year ago
This was a hilarious and quick read with a warm and easy-to-relate-to voice. The town reminds me of the town where I grew up! Read it - it's a totally great, fun, cool book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for any season, really! Funny and smart approach to a coming-of-age tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so funny!
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Janice Wills is an observer. She enjoys sitting on the sidelines and watching her fellow classmates move through the tricky and often confusing landscape that is high school. This also works well to promote her interest in anthropological studies. But Janice's junior year may prove to be a little different than the previous years. For one, there is the overrated Miss Livermush Pageant, which Janice thinks is over-hyped and underwhelming. Plus, there are two boys vying for Janice's attention, making her observations and studies become even more important! The Rites & Wrongs of Janice Wills was a cute and wholesomely innocent book. The note-taking interruptions were funny and worked well as a literary convention. Perhaps like-minded readers will be inspired to take notes of their own! Joanna Pearson has a sunny style of writing. All of the characters in the book were seemingly happy all of the time and often funny as well. I am usually a little wary of the getting-revenge-on-the-popular-girls story, but this book has a lot of heart. I found myself rooting for not only Janice, but for her friends Paul and Margot as well. And nice cover! It was a perfect fit with the book.