The List by Vivian Siobhan
Publication date: April 1st
Published by: Push
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Realistic
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.
I picked this book up for a bit of a trashy read that didn't have much depth but was good fun, and it was. This book is not a piece of fine literature but it was great fun and perfect for after a couple of fantasy books or a very sad book.
It constantly switches from person to person and I actually really liked it. I loved watching all the storied slowly come together and interlink. At no point was I confused by who was speaking i think Vivian did a great job at developing a different voice for each character.
The characters were all very real even if I didn't like some of them. They all had a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses, which was nice. I think it gave a really realalistic view on high school and all the friendship dramas.
My only problem with this book was the endings of some girls stories, some of them I thought were done and finshed but others I could just have done with another chapter to wrap things up. I would also like to know if the list continued the next year or whether it finished there.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book. It was great fun and gave a honest view on girls friendships. I'm giving this book 4/5.