Friday, June 1, 2012

The List

Title: The List
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Pages: 332
Language: R
Swears: 20+ swears, 10+ "F"s
Content: PG13
Level: High School
Recommendation: Optional

Summary: 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.

Review:  I found this book a little "cliche".  Although it does tackle the tough world of high school, this book just didn't grab me.  I had a hard time keeping track of characters ~ who was "ugly" and who was "pretty".  The language of one character nearly did me in, although I can see why the author chose to present the character that way, I still struggled with it.  The book does show the effects of labeling, but I didn't love the way she presented it.

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