The List by Siobhan Vivian
Reviewed By: A.T.
Here's the set up... Every year before homecoming, a list is posted all over the school. No one knows who does it, and no one knows how the selection takes place, but the list singles out two girls in each grade of Mount Washington High School. Unfortunately the list is not for the two smartest girls, or the two girls most likely to have a great year, or even the two girls most likely to become friends over the year. The List separate them into the Prettiest and the Ugliest of each grade, and that pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the year for those two unfortunate girls. I say unfortunate, because even the pretty girls suffer under the pressure of the list. Maybe not like the girls marked as Ugliest, but everyone has their problems to deal with in this book. Each chapter follows a different girl, so you eventually learn about all 8 girls and the trials they go through after ending up on the list. For instance, Danielle is smart, athletic, has a jock boyfriend, and has never really thought too much about her looks...so why did she end up on the ugliest side of the list? And Candace isn't ugly, and she and her clique of popular girls knows it, so how did she end up on the ugliest side of the list? Or take Bridget...she's dying to be noticed, but maybe all the attention for landing on the prettiest side of the list has created a downward spiral that she can't climb out of. And to top it all off, there is a new principal in the school, and she is not tolerating this horrible tradition. Can the girls work together to find out who created the list? Will the girls be able to move past the list and focus on what really matters in life, like friendship, confidence, and knowing who you are on the inside?
Why I Picked it Up: I read a review for the book, and I thought it sounded interesting.
Why I Finished It: Once I read the first chapter I was hooked. I felt for these girls and had to find out how the story panned out.
I’d Give this Book To: Any young girl in middle school or high school. There are so many important lessons to be learned in this book.