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by Lizabeth Zindel

When Maggie starts her senior year of high school at ritzy all-girls Berkley Prep, she hopes to make a few new friends and reinvent herself as a popular girl. Then she's tapped to become a member of the most powerful clique at Berkley, the Revelers. Sure, the Revelers know how to have a good time, but they're deadly serious when it comes to their social cause: collecting the secrets of today's teenagers. At first Maggie is seduced by her new friends' wealth and passion for truth. But when the Revelers start using what they know about others for their own benefit, she starts having second thoughts. Especially when Maggie herself is put at risk...
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ISBN: 0142413895
ISBN13: 978-0142413890
Category: Children
Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Author: Lizabeth Zindel
Language: English
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (June 11, 2009)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1445 kb
FB2 size: 1189 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 864
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This book tells a good story while also delivering a good lesson. Maggie has moved to NYC for her senior year of high school. Wanting badly to fit in with the popular girls Maggie starts doing things she wouldn't normally do. That's the basic premise. Throughout the book you can tell that she's not entirely comfortable with the things she's doing and that deep down she's a good kid who's making some bad decisions. Needless to say, bad things happen and people get hurt. The story is about Maggie's journey from beginning to end. From wanting so badly to fit in to trying to fix the mess that she's helped create. Kind of a predicable read but still a good one.
Maggie Wishnick has moved from a small town in New Jersey to the Big Apple and is about to start as a senior at the prestigious Berkley Prep. On her first day, she meets Anne Marie, who is smart and friendly, but not one of the powerful girls of Berkley. Those girls would be Victoria, Lexi, and Sydney. But those three treat Maggie as if she is invisible.

After hearing about a secret, invitation-only party being given by Victoria on the gym bus, Maggie crashes the party. Not only does she meet Connor, a super hot boy, but she also saves the day when the cops come to trash the party and Victoria, Lexi, and Sydney need a place to hide out.

After that fateful night, the three popular girls embrace Maggie, much to her surprise. After a pledge week for Maggie, she is accepted into their tight group, that they've named the Revelers. The girls help Maggie capture Connor's attention, and learn how to be more fashionable and popular.

But the girls have secrets. And not just secrets of their own. But secrets on everyone they go to school with. And on one fateful night, all of the secrets are revealed, and Maggie is on the outside once again.

Each chapter of the book begins with interesting facts on the life cycle and migration pattern of butterflies, reminiscent of Sue Monk Kidd's THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. And for those wanting more information, the references are listed for more details.

The story of the new girl wanting to join in with the popular girls and then something bad happening has been told before, but Ms. Zindel gives the story more excitement and depth. The reader gets a hint that all is not as it seems, especially with Victoria, but Ms. Zindel keeps all the details hidden until the night of the party when the secrets are revealed to all. The story moves along quickly, keeping the reader engrossed. Though you may think that you are supposed to find Victoria, Lexi, and Sydney to be the evil ones, there really are no truly mean and evil characters that other stories seem to include. They may not be as innocent and righteous as Maggie, but they do have some good qualities.

This is the first story I've read by Ms. Zindel, but growing up, I was a fan of her father's work. I'm pleased to say that she has become an author on her own abilities, and I will definitely be checking out GIRL OF THE MOMENT next. For an entertaining read of life of the rich private school set, this is a great book to pick up!

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
This novel in a word: Endearing.

It reminded me of Mean Girl in a way, especially at the end. You remember the Burn Book in which Regina George talked smack about all of her classmates? What is present here, instead of a book, is a wall where the girls who constitute the Revelers write truths--that is, deep, dark secrets--about themselves, the other girls in their class, and their teachers. When the Wall is found during a party, there's a shower of mollusks signaling the arrival of Armageddon. People get hurt, people get mad, and the Revelers get in trouble with their parents and the school officials.

I quite this one. It had a lot of layers, which is something I appreciate in any novel. Aside from the friendships she maintained with the Revelers and Anne Marie (a girl from their school), there was also a great familial subplot that deals with the deterioration of Maggie's parents' marriage. I thought this was perhaps the best part of the novel, if only because it was the most relatable.

The writing was also quite good (except for a few interjection dumps, like, ".... Crap. Shoot. Dang."), which allowed for the message to came across strongly. I especially liked this part at the end where her Philosophy professor makes me draw a line between the discovery of the Wall and Schrödinger's cat experiment. Fascinating stuff, not to mention intelligent. The ending could've probably been stronger if it drawn out more and we got to see a little bit more of the aftermath of the Revelers' social demise, but this wasn't a must, so I'm chill with it.

The Secret Rites of Social Butterfiles is a great read that carries you along through the lives of a high school girl who moves from a quiet town in New Jersey to the dynamic world of New York City. Now a student in a prestigious prep school, Maggie Wishnick must struggle to fit in. Make note -- that's where so many YA books begin. But this is where The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies takes a compelling turn leading to a dramatic explosion when secrets are revealed, as are the keepers of the secrets!

The sub-plot of family problems helps move The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies along. No disappointments here -- this is a book you will enjoy!