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
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Age: 13 and up
The list is a tremendous and totally truthful look into the life of eight individual high school girls. Each girl woke up one Monday morning to discover something that would link them together for the rest of their high school lives. “The List”, posted everywhere all around the school with the names of the prettiest girl and ugliest girls in each grade.
First of all I can’t possibly imagine living through high school with one of these titles to bear. Reading the book you get to experience the pressure and the disappointment of each girl and you get to know exactly how they all handle their new-found status on the list. You are given a true understanding of life in high school to both extremes. Vivian does a fabulous job of taking us deep in the lives of all eight girls and explains the struggles found by each individual character. It turns out being pretty isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and being ugly has a few perks no one could ever imagine, but at the end of the day nobody wins with the list.
Read it and let me know what you think!
Till next time
P.S. I’m always looking for suggestions about books I should review 🙂