Meanicures

Meanicures
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Age Range
10+
Release Date
October 12, 2010
ISBN
1606841009
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When three best friends get together, the first thing they talk about these days is always the mean girls in their lives. They decide to banish their enemies by holding a ceremony and burning slips of paper with the mean girls' names on them. But soon afterwards, they discover themselves becoming mean, and they must find a way--with a little help from the owner of their local beauty shop--to reverse the ceremony and revert to the sweet (mostly), kind (if slightly imperfect) personalities. Catherine Clark's first middle-grade novel is a humorous look at the mysterious--and wonderful--nature of friendship.

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Mean Girls with a twist
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Madison used to be friends with Cassidy but now things have changed. Seems Cassidy is now part of a new group with doesn't include Madison. Not only that but Cassidy goes out of her way to humiliate Madison, including sabotaging the morning announcements. After a visit to a hair salon who suggests to someone that she should 'burn' the name of a former boyfriend so she can move on, Madison comes up with an idea. Why not do the same thing? But only with the name of Cassidy and the other former friends. What happens next puts a whole new twist on the mean girl premise.

This is a fun summer read with a twist that takes you off guard. The mean attics of Cassidy bring back bad memories of the eighth grade with my own former BFs. Does anyone have good memories of that year? The attics don't stop there either but get more devious.

I liked the hair dresser and her unique talents. Also I liked how the book didn't end with the whole we're friends again. No, the author did a great job showing what really happens with friends. Yes, people grow apart from each other even when you don't want it to happen.

This is a light fun read with a message that doesn't come off preachy. Another fun tale from Egmont!
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Think Mean Girls meets middle school. Cat fights, dirty tricks and pranks that destroy reputations. Madison and her two best friends go to school every day knowing that the "mean girls" won't hesitate to make their lives a living hell just for their own sheer entertainment. Everyone knows kids can be cruel and let's face it, girls can be downright devious when they want to be.

Cassidy and her tag long "mean girls" never hesitate or miss an opportunity to humiliate and ridicule her former best friend Madison. This is a normal and typical day until Madison and her friends have had enough. While taking the advice of a strange and slightly unusual hair stylist, the girls decide to wash their hands of Cassidy and company. They aren't going to let their cruel behavior bother them anymore, so it's going to be a clean slate. The problem is something strange goes on during the "cleaning" and all of a sudden the "mean girls" are the butt of all jokes and the instigators are....you guessed it, Madison and her friends. Everything is backwards and turned upside down.

Will Madison and her friends be able to fix things and get everything back to normal, the way things were before their karma went crazy? Will they even want to change things back now that they're not being teased and are more popular than ever before? Catherine Clark weaves a great moral story of right and wrong, nice and mean and everything in between. Be careful what you wish for everybody, because those wishes....they just might come true.
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