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The List by Siobhan Vivian


The List by Siobhan Vivian4 starsA very true story to how everyone sees themselves.

Goodreads: 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.

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This novel was so different to what I have read before in the contemporary young adult genre. The concept of having a list of people who are either pretty or ugly is actually terrifying. But I loved the way this novel used it.

We follow points of view from every girl who is mentioned on the list which is what made this novel special for me. We get to see everyone and find out how they are coping with their new title as either the prettiest or ugliest girl in their class.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the way everybody reacted differently and it brought out different aspects of everyone’s personality.  There were a few characters I weren’t expecting to react in the way they did which was nice because it wasn’t predictable – like most high school set novels.

The only downside to this novel for me was that there were too many characters so I had to keep reminding myself who was who, who was in which class and if they were the pretty or ugly one on the list. This was confusing at first but I got used to it eventually.

What I liked about the ending as well to this novel was that in a way it was left open so we could get another book, even though I think this will work best as a standalone.

I would recommend this book to anybody who likes Kody Keplinger novels.

Have you read The List? What are your thoughts on it?


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