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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The List by Siobhan Vivian


Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Push (April 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545169178
ISBN-13: 978-0545169172
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It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up. 
This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.
THE LIST

FRESHMEN
Ugliest:
DANIELLE DEMARCO --
Also known as Dan the Man.
Prettiest:
ABBY WARNER –
Bonus points awarded for overcoming family genetics!
SOPHOMORES:
Ugliest:
CANDACE KINCAID –
Beauty isn’t just skin-deep, btw.
Prettiest:
LAUREN FINN –
Everyone’s hot for the new girl.
JUNIORS:
Ugliest:
SARAH SINGER –
It’s like she’s trying to be as ugly as possible.
Prettiest:
BRIDGET HONEYCUTT –
What a difference a summer can make.
SENIORS:
Ugliest:
JENNIFER BRIGGS –
(Drumroll, please.)
The only four-peat in Mount Washington history!
Congrats, Jennifer!
Prettiest:
Margo Gable –
All hail this year’s homecoming queen!” 

I wasn't expecting to like this book at first. 
At all. 
I mean yes, I love chick-lit books. 
But I usually stay away from the high school drama centered books. 
So when I read the summery of this book I almost didn't read it. 
But to my surprise, I actually really liked this book. 
Because even though the whole concept of it sounds really... shallow, it has heart to it.
Siobhan Vivian did an excellent job of developing all the characters. 
Even though in the beginning, I had to refer to front of the book to remind myself of all the girls names and where they were on The List, I felt like through out the story, their characters came together perfectly. 
The List is told from the perspective of 8 different girls. All the girls who are on the list. Usually when I read a book where each chapter switches off multiple characters, it starts to get a little messy and confusing. 
The only thing I really didn't love about this book was that I felt like the end was very... rushed.  Although, I absolutely loved the last two sentences. Those were golden. 




Reading this book has definitely made me want to read Siobhan Vivian's other work!





Profanity: EXTREME
Other: Heavy
Sexual: Moderate
Violence: Moderate (verbal bullying) 



3 comments:

  1. I have this on my to buy list with Amazon. I wondered how it was. It's just my type of drama. I'm so glad you liked it. I was afraid it wouldn't live up to my expectations, but I usually like your recommendation, well almost always, so I think I'll take a chance on this one! Thanks for the review.

    Heather

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  2. I have been hearing all sorts of mixed reviews on this one. I think it sounds shallow and too drama filled, but by reading your review I think I may eventually give this one a try. I think it's interesting that you get to hear each girls story. Great review!

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  3. I've read two of Vivian's previous novels so this is definitely a must-read for me. I am a little worried about following all 8 girls over the course of just one novel but I trust that Vivian has the skill to pull it off. I also recommend "Not That Kind of Girl"-really good!

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