Thursday, 7 April 2016

Review of The List

Title: The List
Author: Siobhan Vivian


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.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

The List follows the story of 8 girls who have either been named the ugliest or the prettiest. The list has been a school tradition for many years and the story covers 8 different points of view.

Each of the girls has their own problems to deal with, for example, an eating disorder and romance troubles. There is certainly a lot of different points of view and as there are so many different stories it makes the book quite relatable as you are almost guaranteed to have experienced something similar to one of the girls.

However, although these issues are interesting, I did find that, for some, they remained unresolved and you didn’t quite know what was going to happen next for the girls.

I really enjoyed having such a variety of points of view and it made the book more exciting as there was a lot of different scenarios running alongside at the same time. The girls each had different personalities and different ideas which again made the book more interesting to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed the list. It deals with some more complex issues whilst also being relatively light-hearted and fun. I’d really recommend it as I thoroughly enjoyed the varying narrative.