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)
beauty 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.