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.
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!
The actual story itself was great but I was very disappointed by the ending, it just kind of ended and I felt like there was still bits the needed to be said or at least tied up. As well the reader did do a good job but the male voices were not the best.
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
I feel like THERE WAS SO MUCH LEFT UNEXPLAINED!! The book was really REALLY GOOD!! I JUST WISH THERE WAS MORE....MORE OF AN ENDING THAT WRAPS IT ALL UP NICELY!!! UNLESS THERE IS A BOOK #2
I ended up enjoying this book and wanting a little bit more.
I read another review saying this book was interesting because of the various views it gave into the lives of 8 girls and how the list affected each and every one of them in a different way, and that was exactly what happened.
This book depicts a reality, but instead of a list, there are fashion magazines, television shows and general propaganda that tell what is beautiful and what it's not and that ends up affecting women, and men, into believing that there's a standard that they have to reach in order to feel better about themselves, so they can fit into society and that is wrong, because beauty is not something you can standardize.
i enjoyed the book it kept me very engaged but the ending left me feeling confused at how abrupt it ended and wanting more of a sum up of all the individual characters.
Its such a good idea for a book but it somehow falls flat, there is no resolution at the end and little to no character growth. Pretty much non of the characters are likable or relatable, it just felt like a book about all the kids you hated in highschool.
I enjoyed how "the list" is viewed by girls from both sides of its pages. You get a view beyond their looks and outer appearance, into what makes them who they are, where they come from and where they are most likely going to end up after High school. I did not want the story to end. I really want to know what is going to happen to the girls, as if they were real life people.
I enjoyed each of the characters in the book, in their own way, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if their voices were more differentiated.
"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.
It hooks you right from the start and guides you from different views and although getting used to names and connections takes a little while it's worth it! With a small twist to get your mind clicking!
"Brilliant book, horrible ending"
Okay, so I know the title of this review makes it seem as if I didn't like the book so much, but really, this was a brilliant book, which tackled a lot of issues that Young people have to tackle today. To be honest, there were a few relatable characters for me in the book, which is pretty rare I find, me being such an odd ball. But I adored the book. My only pet hate is the ending. Why the cliffhanger!!! Okay, so I can get why the author put the cliffhanger there, but still, it just made me so sad and kind of angry. I wish there was more, and there were so many characters I wanted to know more about and what happened to them all after the homecoming dance, especially Jennifer. Jennifer is ending was really unsatisfactory for me, but I can appreciate why the ending was like that, the book is meant to show the consequences of labelling and the pressures upon young girl today, and not to give us a Disney happy ending, but still, it just… overall though, I loved the book. I read it a few years ago and loved it, and this is my second time reading it, and it's still going strong for me.
"The List Review"
The list is the first fictional book I've read, I really enjoyed it and will be reading more fiction on audible.
My favourite character was Bridgette because she had the best story and has to overcome the biggest problems.
I really enjoyed how Allison didn't make silly voices for each characters and her voice was perfect for the book.
I listened to this book in more than one sitting but only because it was over seven hours long, if I could I would probably listen to it in one sitting.
I think everyone should try this book because the preview and blurb don't live up to how good the book is!
By Alice :)
maybe the voice over wasn't as annoying but I loved the story line it was a bit confusing at first though
I love this story so much❤️
I was quite peed off at the cliff hanger though, I would have really liked to find out more of what happened next.
But still this shows the real struggle of teenagers in high school 👏
"Description oversold the book"
Not really what I expected just finished it for the sake of it but it wasn't the best book not the worst either you know
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