Saturday, 14 May 2016

The List by Siobhan Vivian

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 384
Publisher: Mira Ink 
Released: 7th of April 2015 

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.

What I Have to Say 

This is a fantastic look into the superficial nature of high school, bullying and what other people's perceptions can do to people, good or bad. The List goes into the wide range of the actions that The List has on the people on it, showing that even if a girl gets called pretty, it's not always a good thing. 

It was really good to see the issues that the "pretty" girls face, the eating disorders, the sways in popularity and the way that having the eyes of the school on them changes how they feel themselves. It shows above all that popularity comes at a price, whether that's the easy way it's lost or the way it's gained. 

For anyone who likes stories of high school cliques, bullying and mean girls, this is a must read. 

My thanks go to Netgalley and Mira Ink for providing me with this copy for review. 

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