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.
©2012 Siobhan Vivian (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
So first of all, the ending (if you could even call it that) was horrible. The last sentence in the book is "It was made of plastic" There was no conclusion to any of the girls stories.
Abby: Abby's story was alright. Pretty girl with an ugly, smart sister. Her story is the only one that had an ending.
Danielle: Danielle's story was okay. I like that she had good friends who didn't let the list cloud their opinion of her. I hated Alex, he had no backbone. Danielle is better off w/o him.
Lauren: I thought Lauren's story was refreshing. I like that she was beautiful but also sweet and caring. I think her mom needed to chill out a bit. She treated Lauren like her BFF and became jealous when Lauren made friends her own age. At the end of the book, Lauren's friends do not like her anymore bc she has "too much" school spirit. Then Lauren gets drunk and misses the dance. We don't know if she is okay, if her mother realizes she snuck out, or if she is really pulling Lauren out of school. NOTHING!
Candace: Candace's story was okay. She was a mean girl who was taught the ultimate lesson, BUT did she learn it? Maybe, we see Candace being "nice" to Lauren when she is drunk. But things go back to normal w her and her friends the minute her friends brush Lauren off. We get no real conclusion here
Bridget: I liked her and Lisa's relationship, although the fight between them remained unresolved. Her eating disorder was a serious issue, but I felt it was lightly touched on. No one noticed or thought it was a problem except Lisa.
Sarah: I thought Sarah was gross, and unnecessarily mean to Milo. The author did a poor job explaining why Sarah was mad at Milo after they had sex. I get she felt intimidated by Annie (especially bc her and Milo remained close), but she should of dealt with her feelings about being called ugly instead of lashing out at her only friend/bf.
Margo: Margo's story was okay, until we find out her secret. She ditched her ugly friend Jennifer before starting HS. She became popular, which is what she wanted. She was named prettiest freshman. She had it all. I think her character had the most growth.
Jennifer: I felt sorry for Jennifer at the beginning. Being called ugly is hurtful, but being called ugly 4 years in a row is cruel. However, at the end we find out that Jennifer made this years list and put herself on the ugly list. What? Seriously? I'm glad that she didn't win homecoming queen. She deserved what she got, in my opinion.
I think the 8 POV was too much of a feat for this book. It needed to be a longer book or a series. We didn't get answers or any resolution
The performance of the book was just fine. The reader's voice really brought me back to my high school days and was able to depict what the typical teenage girl sounds like. The only problem I had was with the actual story.
Okay, so the book ending was absolutely terrible. There's no proper ending to what happens with the list, what happens with Jennifer, or anything. Seriously, the last sentence in the book is "It was made of plastic"? What? That's the stupidest, most unfinished ending I've ever read. As for Jennifer, I'm glad that she didn't get homecoming queen. She deserved what she got, in my opinion. Reading your friend's diary and using her inner most secrets against her (even if she didn't tell anyone else) is wrong.
I liked Abby's story, Lauren's story (although I wish someone would've told her mom to lighten up), Candace's story (although did she ever officially get what it meant to be nice to people? She didn't have a huge blowout like Abby and Fern did), and Bridget and Lisa's story. Danielle's story was okay, just a little stupid because she didn't belong on the list in the first place. Jennifer only put her on there because she was jealous. I didn't think she was showing off her boyfriend at all, nor was there any indication that she was being showy. As for Sarah's story, the author did a poor job explaining why Sarah was mad at Milo in the first place. What, he had a beautiful ex? So what? That's a stupid reason to just ignore someone for days. I thought her reason lacked enough substance.As for the whole Margo and Jennifer thing, I thought it was an interesting plot, but I still stand by my opinion about the ending. I also think that Margo and Matthew's relationship needed more context.
***SPOILER ALERT ENDS HERE***
Overall, the book was a good performance that I'd recommend if you want to be entertained for a few hours. But this book definitely isn't considered one of my favorites, nor do I think it's that well written. But it's definitely a good performance. I was entertained for days right up until the ending. Don't buy if you're only looking for good books, but if you don't mind spending a credit on just entertaining books, go for this one.
I read and review Young Adult lit!
I loved The List – a story of eight teenage girls, four named the prettiest in their school and four named the ugliest who have to come to terms with both how they see themselves and how others see them.
The List manages to follow not one but EIGHT different characters all with more depth, poignancy and intricacy then most YA books with a single bland heroine manage.
Every girl has her own unique story and every one somehow manages to get their due in what is a pretty succinct book.
The outcast who wears the UGLY label as a badge of honour for all the wrong reasons.
The popular girl whose attempts to overcome an eating disorder are put into jeopardy when the PRETTY label validates her negative behaviour.
The beautiful cheerleader labelled UGLY, not for what is on her outside but on her inside.
The quiet home-schooled girl suddenly in the spotlight now that she is PRETTY.
I’m amazed she managed to fit so many well-done stories into a single narrative!
I would have liked a little more wrap-up and I’ve have happily read even more from the girls but it was a rare satisfying stand-alone read!
I think this is would be a stellar teenage read but I’ve seen some parents complain about the sex, alcohol and language in other reviews. I personally think it was all handled incredibly well – not preachy, nor exploitive just eerily relatable. Maybe a little too accurate for some?
Still I think the messages of empowerment and acceptance makes The List more than worth a read for teen girls. Older reads though, can definitely enjoy the incredibly well drawn characters too so I highly recommend the list to everyone!
"Great concept, well written."
I would of course listen to 'The List' again is it a well written book that takes you through the thoughts of 8 girls who are named on the list, it tells the stores behind each girl how then ended up on the list and the effect it has good and bad.
Memorable moment it the book would be the reactions of the girls, towards the list at bringing and end of the book, and the effect a simple stamped piece of paper with one persons opinion, it has on there lives.
she was great with voices for each character and portrayed then different from each other keep it wast to remember who was who especially with the seperated chapter of each character.
for me it was the whole books ability to channelled how these girls would of felt, being names on a list of this kind, especially the way teenage girls mind work, and the inside turmoil that can be caused by a list of this kind.
A great teen read and really gets in the mind of teenage girls.
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