The List, by Siobhan Vivian

Summary:  Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade–this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.


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  1. This book was great. It is definitely in my top three because the story was continuously engaging and the different points of view kept the p.o.v. moving at a good pace. Overall I really liked this book and it has hit my top 3 easily.

  2. Very well-written and fast-paced, and kept me interested despite being something which tends to lose my interest in most books.

    I totally agree with the message (or, the one I inferred): Outer image is not what matters most. I would suggest to Siobhan Vivian for the next time to try to have a central protagonist, though that could just be my own preference, and there were several loose ends…though loose ends are often left untied in reality as well, so I’m not sure where I stand with that.

    Not my absolute favorite of the year so far, but definitely worth some sort of recognition. I look forward to the Skype session with Ms. Vivian!

  3. I have to disagree with the past couple of comments. While I cannot say I hated this book… I will say I was bored by it.

    Overall, I think this book deserves a “You Tried” sticker. I can see what they’re trying to do and I agree with the message it is trying to portray with issues of outer beauty and objectifying women at a young age… But this book did not make me care. Not about the issue, not about the characters, not about anything related to the book. And for a book like this which is so centered around characters, this is a problem.

    I appreciate what this book is trying to do and say, but I personally did not enjoy it, and it did not achieve its goal with me.

  4. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either. It was a lot quicker to read than I would have thought, which I appreciated, but it couldn’t quite make me care about the message or the characters, like Bette said, even though I think they were well-done.

  5. I appreciated the major point of the book and such an honest look at how we feel and how a society works. However, I thought that the third person description made it difficult to connect with the characters as well as I would have liked. The plot was also somewhat predictable to me and the events are…ordinary. I’ve been to school; I understand this; yes, I identify with it….but to be the focus of a book, I would have liked to see some more personality to the school itself or a more atypical chain of events. While I greatly enjoyed the book’s insight and found it a satisfying read, I was not overly impressed by the writing style itself.

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