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The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Siobhan Vivian

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Could’ve been a series,
Instead squished eight tales in one.
Outline with no depth.

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*initial thoughts*
While this was readable, the idea wasn't fully fleshed-out enough. The characters weren't three-dimensional enough to pull the weight of the idea, and the plot was for the most part expected. The end was almost entirely cliche, and overall it felt like a poorly pulled-off Mean Girls.

The homecoming queen's crown is even referred to poignantly as being just plastic, oh, and there's a homeschool girl who takes over the popular crowd.

There was a lot of room here for more creativity and intrigue but it failed. It reads like a first draft of an idea, not a completed book. ( )
  gaialover | Oct 9, 2016 |
This book had a fascinating premise and I was intrigued with how the girls reacted to finding their names on The List. However, none of the girls were fully developed. However, each was unique with their own issues, problems and achievements, I didn't really like any of them, although I sympathised with the 'uglies'. As the the ending. . . . . what ending? The book just finished, I went back thinking I had missed something, but I hadn't. It just stopped without any resolution or message, and some girls' stories were left unfinished with many questions unanswered. "The List" had such potential, but unfortunately it just didn't deliver. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
It's a tradition that just before homecoming a list of the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade is posted around the school. The story follows each of the girls on the list from the time it is published until the homecoming dance, intertwining the stories and showing the repercussions the list has for each girl. A realistic portrayal of high school life and a readable story.

AR level: 4.8 UG
Lexile: 750
Recommended for: Teens ( )
  liblb | Dec 25, 2014 |
Although a bit unrealistic, and not really representative of what actually happens in High School, The List is a great book to read about popularity, beauty, and ugliness. With 8 main characters switching view points to share their story and how they are affected by the list, this book will emotionally draw you in, make you hate the mean girls, and empathize with the unpopular girls. This is a story of accepting yourself for who you are, and not judging the ones around you. Everyone has flaws, and even good intentions can hurt others. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 12, 2014 |
The concept is great—a list comes out every year with the prettiest and ugliest girl from each grade. How does it affect the eight girls on it? I was pleasantly surprised to find each girl a pretty well-developed, interesting character. The ending is a bit sudden. Not much (if anything) is tied up at the end, so it might feel a bit unfinished. ( )
  EuronerdLibrarian | Oct 4, 2014 |
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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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