Saturday, February 1, 2014

The List

Title: The List
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Number of Pages: 332
Date Read: 1/31/14
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Synopsis (Found on

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.

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.

My Review:

This book was ok. It wasn't as good as I expected it to be.

The basic plot of the book is that every year at this high school a list is made and distributed of the ugliest and prettiest girls in each grade. The book is about the reactions of each of the girls on the list and how school and life changes for them because of the list. 

I think my main problem with the book was the 8 pov's of the girls who were on the list. The book was broken up into 6 days of the week (excluding Sunday) and each day has 8 chapters for each girl. I felt like it was way to many POV's for such a short book of only 300 something pages. I felt that I didn;t get to really know any of the characters, only what they show on the surface. Each character has problems not only in school but at home and with other people but they are not delved into to. I didn't get to know what the characters are the way they are. Take Sarah for example. She is a rebel who hates everything and has a huge attitude. The book eludes to something happening to her in 7th or 8th grade but we are never told what it was and that experience made her the way she is in the book. It was basically like this for all the characters. I just wasn't feeling it. I think this book would of been better if it was turned into a series with each book featuring the two girls on the list for each grade. Then the readers would really get to know the characters in depth, which to me would of made a better book(s). 

With so many characters I, I felt like I didn't really care about most of them. There were only a few who grabbed my attention and made me excited to read their chapters. The rest of the time I only wanted to push through the book so I can read the chapters I wanted to. I really liked Sarah, who was named the ugliest girl in the Junior class. Like I said above she is a rebel with an "I don't give a F*** attitude" and is mean to everyone. She has one friend, Milo, and you can tell they both like each other but Sarah won't admit it. Of course her reaction to the list is rebellious and she doesn't care if she gets in trouble. I also liked Danielle who was named the ugliest freshman. She is on the swim team and has a boyfriend, Andrew, who is on the football team. Her story is interesting because it deals with her and her boyfriend and how his reaction to the list affects her. I like Danielle because she is a strong character who loses herself once the list comes out and needs to remember how strong she really is. 

In all honesty, I don't really care about the other girls. Their stories were interesting at times but were not what kept me reading the book. 

I was also annoyed at the ending which ended a week after the list had come out at the homecoming dance. It seemed like all the events of the book were geared toward a stupid dance. I mean come on, these girls are still going to be the ugliest or prettiest girls after the dance and I would of liked to see what happens to them throughout the school year and how they either became strong or weak because of it. It seems like none of the girls had a real ending and you're left to imagine what happens to them. Some of the girl's issues are very serious like anorexia and rebelling against a controlling parent and their story line is left up in the air. I also feel it was unrealistic for the girl to find out "who they were" in a week. That takes times and this book scrunched it up in a week, which I think was due to that fact that there were so many characters who were not developed. It seemed like a rush to get the book done at the end. I strongly feel like this book would of been better as a series. 

This book was ok. Would I read it again? No. Would I buy it? No. Would I recommend it? Yes because I feel like everyone should read a book and figure out for themselves if its their cup of tea or not. 


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