The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills is an engaging coming of age story with a clever premise. Janice is an intelligent and insightful teen girl whose observations about high school culture will ring true with readers. Looking at high school as an anthropological study gives Janice safe distance from potential horrors and humiliations of adolescence. But her close friends make her realize that this defense mechanism has led her to become removed from her own life. Navigating the balance between observation and judgment, Janice learns some valuable lessons about herself and the community in which she lives. After reading some of her anthropological observations, Janice's unattainable crush Jimmy throws some attention her way. She gains the courage to approach him after drinking her first beer, but he turns cruel following a brief kiss. When it becomes clear that Jimmy's bisexuality and resulting family tension is the source of his anger, Janice graciously keeps the information to herself rather than using it against him. Language is mild and infrequent (b-tchy, sh-t, a--hole, cr-p). This books is relatable, entertaining, and filled with positive messages about friendship, family, and being true to yourself.