The List by Siobhan Vivian

Each year, an infamous list emerges in Washington High naming the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade. No one knows who makes the list, but its implications are irrefutable. The named ugliest girls are shamed for the rest of the year, the prettiest are sought after and adored. The rest are ignored, left to their jealousy or relief, hoping that next year will (or won’t) be their turn. Vivian’s The List describes the brutal fallout from the mysterious document, following each girl as the list makes (or breaks) her high school future.

Not my favorite. I had high hopes for this one based on the premise, and I did get interested in a few places, but this was overall a fail. There are too many characters, too many switches in perspectives, and the book is extremely similar to the Mean Girls movie. Also, the ending is so sudden that I was sure there would be a sequel, but I couldn’t find one. If it sounds interesting you, give it a shot, but I was extremely disappointed.

Rating: 2/5

* YALSA Reader’s Choice Booklist, 2013

For full analysis (including flags and SPOILERS) click here.

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