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In this delightful sequel to Juby's Alice, I Think, Alice enters the Miss Smithers pageant to claim the $400 clothing allowance, and comments on the whole experience in a zine....

Title : Miss Smithers
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ISBN : 9780060515485
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Miss Smithers Reviews

  • Meg Cabot
    2018-11-17 21:29

    I'm pretty sure this is the one where she buys the leather pants. Or is the one with Jesus bus? Either way, I think I wet my pants, I was laughing so hard.

  • Karin
    2018-12-02 21:36

    4.5 starsAlice continues her coming of age story when she is entered into the Miss Smithers pageant as Miss Rod and Gun Club (ironic since her parents are vegetarians who oppose hunting, slaughterhouses, etc) in an even funnier book than the first in this trilogy: I can see why this one won an award (Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (2005)). But it's more than just funny as we see various facets of teen concerns and the lives of those around her. I'm looking forward to reading the third book in this trilogy.

  • Emma
    2018-12-05 21:48

    Long time readers might remember my previous demonstration of fondness for Alice, I Think by Susan Juby. By itself, the book was fantastically funny with some great plot points and characters. So imagine my happiness back in 2005 when I realized a sequel (set a bit after the first novel's events) had been published and was available from my place of employ.Like many good stories, Miss Smithers starts with an offer that Alice can't refuse--especially if she wants to prove to everyone that she really is a special girl. Being previously homeschooled and a bit of a loner, Alice is surprised when the local Rod and Gun Club asks her to be their representative at the Miss Smithers Beauty Pageant. That is until she hears about the four hundred dollar allottment for clothing. At that point, much to her mother's horror, Alice is prepared to participate in anything.Unlike higher profile pageants, Miss Smithers has enough events that are varied and vague enough that every participant has a chance of being good at something. Surely that must also include a moderately well-adjusted teen who used to think she was a hobbit, right?After one botched newsletter distribution and the purchase of questionable attire for a beauty pageant, Alice begins to question her initial (over)confidence at winning Miss Smithers. Of course, it's only then that Alice really starts to learn and grow from her brief experience as a beauty queen.Like Alice, I Think before it, Miss Smithers has received some negative reviews from people who argue they can't connect with Alice. For my part, I can't understand why as I love Alice who seems to be the embodiment of the simultaneously apathetic and overeager teen found inside everyone.Other negatives included a review that railed against the discussion of underage sex and drinking found in this book. There are two sides to that issue. As a teen I read a lot of books with characters who had sex and drank. Most of my friends and family will agree these readings had no detriment on my moral code. There are also a lot of books out there that are far more explicit about both topics.In relation to this novel: yes Alice does get drunk, and yes she does consider sex quite a bit. But she also decides to take a chastity vow and spends a good amount of time contemplating what Jesus really would do. All in the same novel. Like most sixteen-year-old girls, Alice changes her mind a lot. As such, Juby creates a realistic albeit sarcastic protagonist with a well-rounded variety of experiences in this story.Like the first novel in this trilogy, Miss Smithers does follow a diary format. The "standards" of that genre are adhered to a bit more loosely here with dated entries reading more like the usual prose. Not to worry though, this novel features a different kind of gimmick instead of the diary entries. Interspersed between chapters, Alice includes a handy newsletter (hand typed) detailing pageant events as well as a spreadsheet tallying each entrant's points and progress toward the win. These newsletters are also a great way to look at Alice's increasing maturity throughout the story as she begins to take more pride in the competition and becomes more familiar with each of the contestants.Equal parts humor and sarcasm make this book a great read for anyone who would never usually pay attention to beauty pageants in books or otherwise.

  • 06sydneyj
    2018-12-10 21:29

    Being in a pageant, isn't that something that every girl has wanted to do. Well in the book Ms. Smithers by Susan Juby that is exactly what Alice McLeod gets to do. This is a fiction book for young adults I would ecspecially reccomend it to teenage girls. In this book that takes place in Smithers, Alice McLeod a 16 year old girl has the chance to be in a pageant for her town and to become Ms. Smithers. Unlike most girls though Alice wasn't very excited about this, she was just in it for the $400 you get to buy clothes. She doesn't have really any talents, she is socially akward and she is homeschooled which you can add to be about 0 social life. Well, except for her boyfriend Goose ( I bet from the name you can tell what kind of person he is already). This is a book about her experience in the pagaent world. She gets stood up by the coolest girl in school, gets a jesus bracelet, ate dinner at a steak house and lived to tell and learns she may be a virgin till she gets married. Things are looking up for her.I liked this book and thought it was funny but some of the language and content were questionable. A quote from the book that showed the funny side was "I'd always avoided Emma before, sensing deep and numerous issues, but I looked down at my bracelet and thought, what would Jesus do?" Something I learned form this book is to Just be yourself and let others think what they want. Overall it was an okay book I would reccomend it to teenage girls.

  • Helen
    2018-11-18 15:31

    So Alice has been persuaded to enter the Miss Smithers contest as the candidate of the Rod and Gun Club, in spite of her family's militant vegetarianism and violent pacifism. (Her mother would bomb a lab which was using animals as test subjects.) Her mother is opposed because it is about as opposite to feminism as you can get, but Alice agrees, partly for that reason. The whole book is set around the pageant events: the fashion show where Miss Deschooling is forced into a hand crocheted bikini (too small), the charity curling bonspiel where none of the underprivileged children want to partner the candidates, the talent show (blind assembling of a horse bridle), the speech (you're supposed to tell the truth about your aspirations and civic involvement, Alice) and the Sweetheart Ball where Alice's father & his rock/punk band provide the music. Along the way Alice discovers the danger of alcohol, the unexpected places one finds friends and how weird life really is. She also signs a chastity pledge, resolves to have it off with her boyfriend at the first opportunity, and begins to value her mother.This is a real teen book, but I enjoyed it very much and only stopped to view things from an outside adult perspective a few times. I told a friend about the book and he said there was an 'Alice' in his group at Simon Fraser U. She got herself together in the end and Alice will, too.

  • Cathy
    2018-12-02 22:43

    Someone told me not to read this book, that it wasn't a very good one, but for some reason, I did anyway. It's not really a book that I would recommend, but it did have some funny parts- the restaurant scene, some of the commentaries. Very confused teen girl, which is the point, and she also has some very confused adult figures in her life. Topics: fitting in, peers, teens and sex, teens and alcoholThe person who told me not to read this book said that they kept reading it, hoping it would get better, but it didn't. I also saw one of the other reviewers echo that same thought.Another reviewer said that this series was best read in middle age, not in the teen years, and there is probably some validity to that thought.Favorite quote: "If someone comes to you seeking, like, personal solace, for instance, don't pray for world peace. Pray for the seeker. Talk to that seeker... I'm sure that would have a more immediate effect than praying for world peace, which, let's face it, is a bit of a long shot."

  • Debbie
    2018-12-01 23:50

    Alice MacLeod is a sixteen-year-old Canadian girl. After several years of homeschooling, she now attends the alternative school. She has few friends and considers herself a total misfit. She never would have considered participating in the local beauty paget, but when the Smithers Rod and Gun Shop needed a representative, Alice agrees to be a contestant. The $400 clothing allowance motivated her step outside her comfort zone. Pagent activities inspire her to socialize with new people and to write about her experiences in a Zine. Read this book to find out what happens when this Zine gets distributed. Will the fallout be enough to make Alice withdraw from the pagent or will she face her angst?

  • Candy Boisvert
    2018-12-06 18:22

    Title: Miss SmithersAuthor: Susan JubyCopyright date: 2004Publisher: HarpertrophycanadaHow many pages: 344 pgsCategory: FictionI learned about this book from: the TV seriesComments: As I read more into this series, I find that I have a lot in common with Alice. Besides the hippie mother and the smart brother, I am Alice to a tee...which is why this series intrigues me so much...I have even thought about going to some thrift stores while reading this. :P

  • Sue
    2018-11-23 23:42

    Am trying to find a funny teen book for my girlfriend and her niece. This was not as funny as I'd hoped, but I still found myself laughing out loud a few times at this book. I would definitely read other books by this author. And I'll be shipping this book to my girlfriend, because I think that it's just what they need.

  • Julian
    2018-11-12 15:22

    Decent sequel to Alice, I Think. The continued exploits of a social-skill-less homeschooled teenager in a small Canadian town, in her first year of regular school and while she enters a pageant. Contains some brilliant one-liners and the main character is fun to read/sympathize with/be horrified about.

  • Tara Eglington
    2018-11-20 18:26

    This book is dangerous - in that people around you will be staring as you barely hold it together from laughing. Some of the most unique, and ridiculous yet endearing characters to make onto the pages of a YA novel. Must read!

  • Lbaker
    2018-11-17 21:36

    I enjoyed this book which is so easy to relate to the teen age angst of a Canadian girl growing up in a small town. Alice's family, friends, acquaintances are such a mixed bag - quirky, silly, goofy, funny.

  • Viviana
    2018-12-07 18:31

    Alice, oh Alice. You gotta love her and her witty thoughts. Her speech for the Mother Daughter Tea was priceless. I am in love with Alice, she is smart and her clothes is really original and creative.

  • Nothing
    2018-11-13 19:38

    I think I would have enjoyed this book more had the narrator been even the least bit likable. She was so arrogant, never admitted a mistake and seemed to have a hard time fathoming that she isn't the center of the universe. She doesn't even try to be likable.

  • Morgan
    2018-11-25 23:38

    Precisely what I expected from Juby. Great fun to read. It's a sequel but I don't think you have to have read the first book to understand it; although you'll probably want to after reading Miss Smithers. Quirky and Canadian. Just how I like my books.

  • Heather
    2018-12-09 21:33

    I liked the was Juby made the book in a 'diary' format. It gave the book a nice touch. I think the author could have described Alice a bit more. For example; how tall is Alice? Other than that I really enjoyed it.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-21 19:26

    Alice returns, and she isn't a social outcast anymore. She has $400 clothing allowance and has entered the Miss Smithers beauty contest. Her thriftstore style, kooky friends, and a prematurely published 'zine has catapulted her into a whirlwind of adventures and activities.

  • Jasmin
    2018-11-13 17:36

    Horrible! Horrible! Horrible. This book is just plain weird!!!?!

  • Jane
    2018-11-13 18:29

    Oh, how I wish I'd had this series when I was a morose teenager! Juby nails adolescent angst in the most hilarious way.

  • Meleah
    2018-11-19 22:28

    loved it! I recommend this book to anyone!

  • Siennache
    2018-11-29 17:51

    An awesome book about an awesome girl. It really has a good handle on the themes of being yourself no matter what. This girl goes up against society basically.

  • Libby
    2018-11-27 17:43

    Kind of cheesy, and stereotypical. Not what I find funny at all, and I was continually annoyed and never amused/endeared to Alice.

  • Katrina
    2018-12-03 16:48

    Alice is incredibly self-centered, which gets obnoxious at times, but is not unrealistic because I know quite a few teens who would fit that bill. Another quick, light, enjoyable read.

  • Goldie Marie
    2018-11-29 16:33

    It was an honest to god classic book. The book was a totally new idea and it was executed beautifully; the teen angst was played to it's most delightful humor.

  • Dana
    2018-11-17 16:42

    Pretty good. Slow at the beginning, but it picked up.

  • Meghann
    2018-11-10 21:43

    Alice cracks me up.

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  • Emzily
    2018-12-09 18:23

    SOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!! a must-read kinda book.

  • Emma Beuerman
    2018-11-23 19:22

    it's great go fare!