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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810958597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810958593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What if the ruling teen queens at your school really were, well, witches? And not the Glinda the Good kind, either. Lauren Myracle assumes this sinister premise in the darkly humorous Rhymes with Witches. High school freshman Jane is more than plain -- she’s practically invisible. And she longs for nothing more than to join the ranks of the Bitches, the top female echelon at school. But the Bitches are selective, and only one girl from each class is chosen to rule supreme. So Jane is puzzled but ecstatic when the Bitches name her their freshman successor. Soon she is being worshipped by all kinds of beautiful people who didn’t even know her name last week. But as Jane soon realizes, it isn’t easy being a Bitch. She is informed by her new "sisters" that there are certain sacrifices to be made -- sacrifices that could wreck high school havoc and ruin lives. Is Jane willing to do anything to stay on the top of the popularity heap? Or will she risk it all to save innocent others from the clutching claws of the Bitches? Part I Know What You Did Last Summer and part Heathers, Rhymes with Witches builds slowly, but the incredibly creepy climax will leave many female readers glancing nervously over their shoulders at the so-called popular set. Meow! (Ages 12 and up) --Jennifer Hubert

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–When plain Jane is asked to be one of her high school's ultra-elite clique, "the Bitches," she can't believe it. She's never been remotely popular. The freshman goes through a secret initiation, and all she needs to do is steal something each week from a classmate and leave the object in the office of Lurlene Lear, the early religion teacher who, unbeknownst to Jane, is the controlling force behind the group. During the week in question, the person to whom the object belonged wanes in popularity, while adoration for the Bitch grows. At first, Jane's conscience bothers her, but finding ways to justify her actions becomes much easier as she becomes unbelievably popular. Later, when the Bitches gang up on an innocent girl, Camilla, and threaten to harm her, Jane's conscience revives. She is outraged and calls a halt to their behavior. She expects temporary displeasure from the other Bitches, but doesn't expect them to turn on her. When no one likes Jane, she becomes truly aware of the price she paid for her short-lived popularity. In the end, her best boy friend comes around and she can, at least, count on his loyal friendship. There are magical elements in this novel, and plenty of creepy touches. Both take away from the book's realism, but add deliciously to its suspense. The language and situations are provocative, but teens will gobble the story up.–Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID
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More About the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular books for teens and tweens, including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn (Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

Even though her books have a very shallow plot, you can't seem to put them down.
K.C.
It's extremely predictable and much like the mean girls story, except harsher, and a little creepier.
Paige Turner
The exciting storyline had me flipping pages like crazy and I was sad it ended so soon!
Stephanie M. Hale

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By znatic on July 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's like this book got published before the author finished the ending. She's an entertaining writer, but the plot drops you off with no explanations. What's the deal with the cats? Why did Jane bring all of her dad's things with her? What's with Camille's about-face in the end?

I'm thinking there's a sequel on its way? Even so, the book should have been wrapped up in some coherent way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K.C. on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Rhymes with Witches is about a social outcast, Jane, who gets invited into the school royalty group called The Bitches. I found this book to be exactly like the rest of Lauren's books. Even though her books have a very shallow plot, you can't seem to put them down. And then once you get done with it you feel very dissatisfied and wondor why on earth you gave that book the time of day. One of the reasons I hate this book so much is because of the characters. The only character you're really supposed to like is Jane, and I found her very annoying and tiresome. I hated the ending as well. When Jane finally tries to do the right thing, she winds up having nothing but Phil, the only semi-enjoyable character in the whole book. I personally think this book sends the wrong message to readers, and I discourage anyone from buying it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner on July 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely predictable...

At first, you are introduced to a teen queen wannabe-Jane. All she's ever wanted was to be popular, and can't help but admire the "Bitches" a group of girls-one from each grade. Then, all of a sudden the "Bitches" want Jane to be one of THEM! As Jane starts to become one of them, she learns their secrets and rituals.

At some point in the book, they talk about "Sandy" who happens to be a school teacher. A little confusing? Yes. Myracle, doesn't even bother to go in depth about her role in the story, and only briefly touches on the subject.

My advice to you? Don't read this book. Although the story may seem intriguing at the beginning, it is anything but. It's extremely predictable and much like the mean girls story, except harsher, and a little creepier. Afterall, it does deal with witchcraft.

Hope this helped!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Jane has always been a nobody in school. She goes to a typical high school with the witches that everyone notices and adores. The witches consist of one girl from each class. The witches were looking for a new 9th grade member to join them. For some reason they choose Jane. Jane has no clue why, she is invisible and nobody notices her. She thinks that the witches are playing a prank or somthing on her, but soon everyone is noticing her. Soon Jane realizes it isn't easy being a witch. Her new clique informs her that there are some sacrifices that need to be made; sacrifies that could wreck her high school reputation and could ruin lives. Is Jane really willing to hurt people to stay extemely popular? Or, is she willing to give up her whole reputation as one of the witches to help out her friends and save them from the evil witches. This is a book that once you pick it up you can't put it down. I strongly reccomend that Rymes With Witches should definately be the next book you pick up and read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Janis on August 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book! I read it in one day and am craving more! I wasn't sure about it at first because I'm not too big into the unrealistic hocus-pocus stuff, but Lauren Myracle did an EXCELLENT job of writing this. It gives an inside view of high school on the top of the dog pile at all the parties and conversations of all the really popular kids, and also a view of the bottom of the dog pile (poor Jane). It also adds interest to the whole scene with the mystery of witchcraft. I would recommend this to any girl in high school or anyone with a little high school left in 'em. :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlito on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
How far would you go to be popular? Would you want it enough to steal other people's possessions? Well, in this book, these four girls will go that far to be popular. Jane is the freshman school dork until the three popular kids, ( there are on from each grade) plan to pick Jane as the next popular kid. Jane soon finds out that being popular isn't so great after all, it involves stealing lip balm, bracelets, and bobby pins from kids in her class in order to make her popularity grow. In the process of stealing, Jane soon figures out that stealing from people makes the person she steals from less popular because she sucks their popularity when she steals their posessions.Jane wants to drop out because she dosen't konw the first time she steals that it hurts them so she stole lip balm from her ex-friend Alicia, which makes terrible things happen to Alicia. Will Jane put up with the price she has to pay to be popular or will she drop out?

Step aside Mean Girls because the characters in this book are meaner than Mean Girls. That's why I liked it. I loved how this book had you guessing what awful tings were going to happen next. I would say Lauren Myracle outdid heself in this chilling tale. I liked how this book tought used witchcraft to become popular instead of their looks and clothes. I would recomment this book to 13-15 year girls who like books on how to become popular and witchcraft and are ready for a twist on the traditional theme. This book will have you thinking my the end how far will you go to be popular?
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