Author: Siobhan Vivian
An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.My Take:
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 a very interesting concept! This book nailed it! "It" being the existence of the hierarchy of high school beauty and the cruelness of it all.
Siobhan did something that I don't recall seeing before -- she told a story from 8 different girls perspectives. Not once did I get lost, either! Each girl had her own personality that stood out from the other girls.
By the end of the book, I was tearing up a little bit. The girls who had sisters and how their relationships turned after the list was heart-warming...and some heart-wrenching. The issue that Bridget has is such a big deal. I'm not glad it was a flaw with one of the girls, but I am glad it was in the book. So many young girls deal with weight issues and probably think the same things daily that Bridget did.
I like that we found out who created the list and why. However, I wanted to slap the person for all of his/her selfishness. (I can't give the sex away! :) )
Can I say a little "hooray!" for Danielle! Good for you!
Now, let's hope that seal gets buried somewhere. For good!
This was my first Siobhan Vivian read and I absolutely liked it! It was a great read!
The List satisfies both challenges I'm in - Completely Contemporary Challenge and the StandAlone Reading Challenge