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by Maureen Johnson

Rated: Mild

Jane is one of those girls who just gets by in high school, socially speaking. Sure, she’s smart — she delights in feeding her younger sister, Joan, misleading information — but she never really quite fits in, which is just fine with her. She’s got her best friend, Allison, and they get by just fine. Especially in the six months since Jane broke up with her boyfriend, Elton.

But on the day of the littlie picking (the seniors pair up with the freshmen for the year), Allison has a major traumatic event. After getting a littlie, she starts to change: she comes to school with new clothes and a new hairdo and begins ignoring Jane. It takes a few major events, and an interesting stalker-kid named Owen, for Jane to figure out that Allison has done the unthinkable: sold her soul to the devil.

Who knew the devil was a high school freshman?

In typical Maureen Johnson fashion, Jane is required to figure out how to save her best friend — by making a deal with the devil herself — and manage to get the guy, though it won’t be the guy she thinks it will be, before the book is through. That said, it’s a fluffy, enjoyable bit of chick lit, and a perfect pick-me-up.

Serve with cupcakes.

Rated: Mild, for some swearing and a situation involving alcohol and teens.

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • Devilish
  • by Maureen Johnson
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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