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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (247 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Pearson Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307916891
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For anyone who's ever survived a rite of passage or performed a mating dance at Prom . . .

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/27/2014

    " This was a really quick read. I liked the format and the style the book is written in. It was different than I thought it would be and that was not a bad thing. The writing was just so funny in parts and i really got to like the main character who was just a sweet insecure girl. There was some teen drinking and sexual innuendos so more of a older teen read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 1/25/2014

    " It was a cute book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicia | 1/24/2014

    " This was a fun one. I enjoyed the writer's voice a lot and tore through this book really quickly in the course of one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/19/2014

    " This is perhaps not the most objective review (I know the author), but this book is a delight. Funny and smart and sappy-in-a-good-way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Delaine Youngblood | 1/19/2014

    " Janice Wills fashions herself an anthropologist in the midst of strange tribes otherwise known as teenagers in high school. Using what she proposes to be objectivity, she sizes up groups with cutting wit. When she and her best friend decide to enter the local Ms. Livermush pageant, she begins to see people and events in new ways. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/14/2014

    " I can't even get through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/18/2013

    " Well written typical YA with Livermush and anthropology to keep it from being anywhere near ordinary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory | 11/4/2013

    " loved this book and was stunned at how much Melva is like the town in which I grew up! my favorite part, I don't know why, is when Paul reads the list he wrote to Janice in the end. so lovely and cute. great read. felt like home for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Kamiya | 10/28/2013

    " Very enjoyable. Fun fluffy read with just the right amount of tension. Characters complex enough to keep you reading. Yay Janice for figuring things out along to way, stumbles and all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia Tan | 7/8/2013

    " Cute but I have to say that Janice was a bit stuck up throughout the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 12/15/2012

    " Cute and quirky! I loved it. Review to come... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 6/27/2012

    " Surprised this is in the teen section at my library since it has teen smoking/drinking/bisexuality, but it's very real to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana M. | 6/16/2012

    " Creative YA story idea. I enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missie | 2/9/2012

    " There is nothing about this book that is unpredictable. That does not, however, stop it from being unrelentingly cute, often funny, and containing some very clever turns of phrase. It's like watching your favorite clever romantic comedy--you know what will happen, but getting there is still fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/7/2011

    " 'Twas ok, and a cute intro to one of my favorite geek disciplines (anthropology) but a little too cute if you ask me. No way that this girl is 17 -- maybe 14??? I dunno, but younger teen girls might like.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 7/5/2011

    " This is perhaps not the most objective review (I know the author), but this book is a delight. Funny and smart and sappy-in-a-good-way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily? | 5/19/2011

    " I loved this book! Janice is so funny and very relatable. This book definitely depicts life in a small town perfectly!


    * won from Goodreads
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lane | 5/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this clever and endearing portrait of high school life in small town North Carolina, but I wished the character of Rufus had featured more prominently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory | 2/1/2011

    " loved this book and was stunned at how much Melva is like the town in which I grew up! my favorite part, I don't know why, is when Paul reads the list he wrote to Janice in the end. so lovely and cute. great read. felt like home for sure. "

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About the Narrator

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.