Myrna Fry's only aim in life is to be part of the Ruling Class, an elite clique of spectacularly cruel girls, where the beautiful and perfect Jeanette Sue is queen. Highland Park High School is a nightmare filled with terror as Jeanette Sue and her entourage rule - brutally. And no one ever questions them, certainly not little suck-up Myrna. Then ...
Myrna Fry's only aim in life is to be part of the Ruling Class, an elite clique of spectacularly cruel girls, where the beautiful and perfect Jeanette Sue is queen. Highland Park High School is a nightmare filled with terror as Jeanette Sue and her entourage rule - brutally. And no one ever questions them, certainly not little suck-up Myrna. Then the arrival of the totally undesirable, absolutely unfashionable, and - worse still - poor Twyla Gay Stark, changes everything. And slowly the rules begin to change...
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-11-29 Pascal (the Sweet Valley High series) jumps onto the Alpha Girl trend that fueled books like Gossip Girl and the recent movie Mean Girls with this novel set in a wealthy high school outside Dallas. Most of the story unfolds through the points of view of two characters (indicated by different typefaces)-ultimate hanger-on Myrna Fry, and feisty Twyla Gay, a cash-strapped new student. Another voice occasionally intrudes, that of Jeanette Sue, leader of the school's most exclusive clique ("It's all about Jeanette Sue," says Myrna), the Ruling Class, known as the RCs. Twyla Gay becomes a favorite target for the RC's nasty pranks partly because of her unfashionable clothes, but mostly because she appears to have piqued the interest of Jeanette Sue's hunky ex-boyfriend. After the clique lures Twyla Gay to a deserted mall, where she narrowly escapes being raped, the girl vows to seek revenge and becomes the leader of a ragtag group of outcasts bent on overthrowing the social order. Unfortunately, this thread may not be convincing to readers; Twyla Gay's tactics (e.g., greasing a dance area with lip gloss so that Jeanette Sue takes an embarrassing tumble) seem like child's play compared to Jeanette Sue's chilling ability to turn ordinary teens into an ugly mob. Still, despite some sketchy plot elements, it may be hard for readers to put this novel down, thanks to its fascinating subject matter and catchy, fast-moving narrative voiced by all-too-recognizable teens. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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