Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah MlynowskiBras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski

Bras & Broomsticks

bySarah Mlynowski

Paperback | June 13, 2006

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the first book in the hilariously bewitching Magic in Manhattan series! 

What if all your wishes could come true? Blink your eyes, drink a fizzing pink potion, and poof! Life is perfect. That’s Rachel’s situation. Except she’s not the one who suddenly has magical powers. Her younger sister is. And as Rachel would tell you, spellbooks are wasted on the young!

Yes, yes, of course world peace and cures for horrible diseases are important. But so is dancing without looking like she’s being electrocuted, winning back her best friend, stopping her dad’s wedding, and finding a date for Spring Fling.

Rachel’s not bewitched. Yet. . . .


Sabrina fans will get a witchy kick out of Bras & Broomsticks!”—Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries

“Poof, instant bliss.”—Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL and Rhymes with Witches

“One magical romp you won’t want to miss.”—Discovery Girls

"Hilarious." —Teen People
SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Don't Even Think About It, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sarah was born in Montreal but lives and writes in New York City.You c...
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Title:Bras & BroomsticksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.67 inPublished:June 13, 2006Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385731841

ISBN - 13:9780385731843

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bras And Broomsticks I got this series for my daughter and she really liked it.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good for Pre-Teens I read this series when I was 12-13 and I thought it was SO good. Obviously, this book is YA but I've definitely read better. Give it a go if you're younger though, it's not awful. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cool idea, poor execution It's painfully obvious this was written by an adult who created characters based on stereotypes and what she thought a teenagers would sound like, not what they actually sound like.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ahhhh It was horible. An so bad. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i scremd thru the book. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Soo bad.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sounds like a good series Although the main character is a little annoying and didn't really seem to learn anything I liked the book and all the situations she got herself into were very funny. I plan to continue to read the series.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahah..Absoulutely Amazing! Really amazing book! Had me laughing for such a long time such a adorable book that i can somewhat relate to. I Highly recommend it for teens. :D
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Best book I've ever read! Sisters, divorced parents, crushes, its a normal 14 year old girls life... with a twist of magic! I also recomend the next books "Frogs & Frenchkisses" and "Spells & Sleepingbags". I can't wait until the 4th book "Parties & Potions!"
Date published: 2008-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic!!!! great book 4 teens. i loved it. i read it in 2 days!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVORITE BOOK This book was the best book ive ever read ! I couldn't put it down i loved it and if you reand this one you have to read the next one their all really good!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book!! funny and a light read!! This is a great summertime book i can't wait to read the next ones!!
Date published: 2007-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. That was some book This book is a tale of a fourteen-year old girl, Rachel, who wants what every other fourteen-year old girl wants- to be popular, or 'on the A-list.' The only difference is that this is attainabe for Rachel. After all, her sister is a witch! Rachel gets her sister and her into major trouble when they make Rachel popular and zit-free, Miri a Tai Kwon Do expert and try to stop their dad from marrying the evil stepmother that he loves. Definitely a must-read
Date published: 2007-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillant and Beautiful Well this book is rated 10-12 and I am 17 and I loved it. A book like this that is so comical and likeable shouldn't be restricted to an age group. This book is most giggle worthy and sometimes laugh out loud funny. Sarah Mlynowski is a wonderful light hearted writter. To any one who appreciates Meg Cabot: you would love her. I recommend this book to everyone looking for a giggle in a magical way!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooooo magical this was one of the best books i have read this year! I really like this author and can'twait to read the next book! P.S i think that this book should be for an audience of the age of 13-14 and not 10-12
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! i absolutely loved this book!....i cant wait to buy frogs and french kisses....seems great
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOOOOO GOOD! OMG! This book is so good and sooooooo funny you should read it because it is really really funny!!! I love to read and I have not read a lot of funny books but this one is really funny so please read it!
Date published: 2006-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best flippin' book EVER! It really is. It's the funniest book I've ever read! Everybody should read it! All my friends have. And I'm not a critic saying it's super funny like on the jacket of books when it's not, but it is HILARIOUS! So rent it or buy it or borrow it and if it doesn't seem even the slightest bit awesome to you, you are crazy and should seek professional help.
Date published: 2006-02-05

Read from the Book

1Better Than Ruby SlippersI've wished for lots of things in my fourteen years . . . a boyfriend, world peace, cleavage. But none of my wishes have come true.Until now.I'm standing by my locker, zipping up my black puffy coat, when I notice the sneakers.They're the green suede designer ones I admired at Bloomie's last week. My mom said I couldn't have them because they cost more than our TV.And they're on my feet."But how--" I mumble, blinking in confusion. Where are the beaten-up black boots I always have on? "I mean, when . . . ?"Did I accidentally swap shoes with someone after gym? Am I a thief?Impossible. The only time I ever took anything that wasn't mine was when I inadvertently wore Jewel's retainer. Gross, yes. But criminal? No.My heart starts beating erratically. This is so weird. How did these shoes get on my feet?Wait a millisecond. Maybe my mom bought them to surprise me? Not that she normally does stuff like that, but I have been on my best behavior lately (after being grounded for something completely ridiculous, don't even ask) and she's big on rewarding good deeds.I guess I must have laced them up this morning without even noticing. Lame. But I went to bed really late last night, and I'm always zoned out when I'm tired.That still doesn't explain why I didn't notice I was wearing them until now though. I glance back down. The shoes are a luminous green. Sparkling, even. They're practically screaming at me to notice them.Whatever. New shoes! The ideal accessory for my awesome after-school plans. I smile like someone who just got her braces off."Can I borrow your phone?" I ask Tammy. She's busy rummaging through her satchel. The least I can do is thank my mom--maybe she'll cave on a cell phone for me next."Cool shoes," Tammy says, glancing down. "When did you change?""I . . . didn't. I've, uh, been wearing them all day." Haven't I? Now I'm totally unsure again.Tammy gives me a thumbs-up sign with her right hand and passes the phone with her left. She uses finger signals to indicate her thoughts. She learned to scuba dive with her family last year in Aruba and now frequently communicates by underwater mime. Thumbs-up means "Let's get out of the water," which means she wants to hightail it out of here.My mother answers on the first ring."Mom, thanks for the sneakers. They're perfect! Sorry I didn't notice them this morning."Pause. Then muffled static."You still there?" I ask, tapping my heels together. Who knew green suede could look so glam? "I can't hear you."There's furious whispering in the background, and then a loud "Shhh!""You need to come home," my mom tells me."What? Why?" I ask. My stomach free-falls.Another pause. More furious whispering. "I have something to talk to you about," my mom says. Her voice sounds uneven. "Something extremely important.""But I have extremely important after-school plans!" My destiny is waiting for me at Stromboli Pizzeria! This is a complete and utter disaster. "And when I called you an hour ago you said I could go!""Things have changed," my mother says, her clipped words ruining my life. "I want you back at the apartment."My down-filled coat starts to feel like a furnace. "Can't we talk about whatever is so earth-shattering later?"My mother heaves one of her why-must-I-carry-the-weight-of-the-world-on-my-thin-shoulders sighs. "Rachel, enough.""Fine." I sigh right back. I have a sigh of my own, and it's just as martyrish. In a small triumph, I press the pink End button before she can say good-bye."I can't come," I tell Tammy, handing her the phone. My cheeks feel all blotchy. Why couldn't I have just thanked my mom when I got home?Tammy adjusts her light brown ponytail and makes a fist in front of her chest, her "low on air" sign, meaning she feels bad for me. Tammy is an excellent sympathizer, as well as smart and reliable. She's always there when I need someone to talk to, and more important, when I unintentionally sport poppy bagel seeds between my teeth, she immediately and covertly lets me know by tapping her lips. She's a great friend. It's just that--okay, I hate to play favorites--I like Jewel more. But the way Jewel has been treating me, I might as well be walking around with an I-just-got-dumped sash across my nonexistent chest.Sigh.Over the past four months, since she strutted her stuff for the JFK fashion show tryouts and got in, Juliana Sanchez (Jewel for short, Bee-Bee for shorter/longer) has morphed from my sidekick and best friend into a card-carrying member of the inner circle. Yes, she made the A-list. Except for a few minutes in math class, I hardly ever get to talk to her anymore. I miss her.Going to Stromboli's would have been a step toward reclaiming our Bee-Bee status. (Sorry for the cheddary Best Buds acronym, but Jewel and I have been using it forever.) The entire cool crowd will be there. I was lucky even to have been asked. Mick Lloyd invited Jeffrey Stars, who invited Aaron Jacobs, who invited Tammy, who invited me. And you don't go if you don't get an invite. You can't. You wouldn't know what pizza place/coffee shop/parentless apartment the A-list selected, so you wouldn't know where to show up. If only they would just choose the same place every time, like they did on Friends. Monica never showed up at a new coffee spot, The Not-So-Central Perk, wondering where everyone was.Down the hall I see Raf Kosravi at his locker, pulling out his coat. A strand of his midnight black hair falls into his matching dark eyes, and he brushes it away with the back of his hand.Heart. Beating. Erratically. Not. Because. Of. Shoes.Sigh. Because of my mother, I will potentially be missing out on precious flirting time with Raf, the boy I'm in love with.I am also in love with Mick Lloyd. Yes, I know it seems strange to love two boys at the same time, but since I've never spoken more than two words to either of them ("Happy Holidays!" to Raf and "Excuse me" to Mick), I'm not concerned about my divided heart. Mick Lloyd is the cute, blond, all-American type that's cast on every dating show. Big smile, dimple in each cheek, great hair. Raf is more mysterious-slash-sexy. He's not too tall, only around five foot six (which is still much, much taller than me at five foot one--I'd better still be growing), and has a lean, fit body like a champion tennis player or an Olympic swimmer (not that I've ever watched professional tennis or swimming). Raf is also in the fashion show with Jewel.Ah, the fashion show. It's really a dance show with a catwalk and designer outfits. Or so I hear. Since I'm only a freshman, and the show is in April, I've never seen it. And since a former JFK student who's now an It Guy Hollywood director launched the idea ten years ago to raise money for the prom, it's always been a cool thing for guys to do. Like football or baseball. There is an overlap of boys who play football with those who are in the show. Unfortunately for the school trophy case, the quarterback is a better dancer than he is an athlete.Mick isn't in the show, but he does play on the JV baseball team, the only sports team at our school that doesn't always lose. And--impressive residence alert!--he lives in a massive brownstone. Since his mom and dad are frequently out of town, he throws a lot of wild parties (not that I've ever been). Raf and Mick are both very, very A-list. But that isn't the reason I like them.Raf buttons up his coat and slaps one of his friends on the back.Sigh.I am such a liar. Of course that's why I like them. I don't even know them, so why else would I like them? They're hot and cool--as in sexy and popular--and if either of them were interested in me, I would actually have a real kiss to brag about. (I claim my first was with a Texan named Stu who I met on a cruise. This is a total lie. Although there was a boy named Stu from Texas, he was seven.) Plus, I would instantly be promoted from the B-list (B+ on an excellent hair day) to the A-list.I really want to be A-list. Yes, I know I'm being colossally pathetic, and I've seen enough movies to know that popular people always get their comeuppance. And being A-list in high school doesn't guarantee you'll be cool in college. But . . . like blondes, the A-list always seems to have more fun.I ask you: Is it so wrong to want to be happy? Is it so wrong to want to be liked? Is it wrong to want my life to be like a soda ad, with lots of laughing, jumping, and high-fiving?From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“Sabrina fans will get a witchy kick out of Bras & Broomsticks!”—Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries“Poof, instant bliss.”—Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL and Rhymes with Witches“One magical romp you won’t want to miss.”—Discovery Girls"Hilarious." —Teen People"The first in a series, the novel is a bewitching lure for fans of chick lit looking for supernatural twists on the theme of girl-meets-world."—The Bulletin"Mlynowski's novel starring a teenage witch, told from the point of view of her 14-year-old mortal sister, offers plenty of laughs and some deliciously complicated predicaments." —Publishers Weekly“Mlynowski has a real ear for dialogue, and she displays a keen understanding of teen mores as she pokes fun at high-school cliques.” —Booklist"Winning characters…sure to be popular." —School Library Journal"Screamingly funny." —Kirkus Reviews“All of the ingredients you could ever want in a teen fantasy chick lit novel: family angst, friendship and popularity dilemmas, crushes, parties, magic, and more!”—Chicklitbooks.com"An extremely funny and pleasurable read." —Lake Magazine"This book is so funny, I read it twice." —Girlposse.com"Harry Potter...meet your new and FABULOUS role model, Rachel Weinstein...If you have more than one female in your dwelling, you may want to purchase multiple copies. I know that sharing is important, but..." —Kids Domain