The List by 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. From Goodreads.
This story was definitely eye opening. I like how the story is told in all 8 girls’ perspective. The issues that they deal with are very realistic. I know a lot of girls have issues in high school. But even the popular girls need to learn from their mistakes and in this book they definitely do.
The 9th grade girls are Abby and Danielle. Abby is the girly girl that just wants boys to notice her and her best friend Lisa. While Danielle is very athletic, she is a swimmer, but she has a boyfriend that she met during the summer. Abby needed to learn that she isn’t stupid, she just needs to try harder at school if she wants respect from her sister and Danielle needed to realize that being athletic doesn’t mean that you are ugly and that she deserves someone who will stick up for her with his friends.
The 10th grade girls are Lauren and Candace. Lauren needed that extra self esteem boost because she was home schooled all her life until that year. She wanted friends that cared about her and she thought she got that once the list came out but they only cared because she was the pretty one. Candace needed to learn that beauty isn’t only skin deep and if she wants friends she is going to have to work hard to get real friends, not people that will dump you the minute you aren’t on top.
The 11th grade girls are Bridget and Sarah. Bridget has probably the most problems; she has a skewed vision of herself. She has an eating problem as well. Her little sister Lisa tries to help but when she refuses help until after homecoming, Lisa gets angry because she is hurting herself. Sarah needed to realize that she didn’t need to be tough all the time that she could let her guard down especially with her “boyfriend” Milo.
The 12th grade girls are Margo and Jennifer, the ex best friends. Margo is the prettiest girl in the school; she is nice to everyone but Jennifer it seems. Jennifer has been the ugliest girl in the school for 4 years running. Margo’s friends Rachel and Dana decide to take pity on her and invite her in but once homecoming ends, it seems like they don’t care anymore. Mainly because they don’t, their charity case is over with. But in the end Margo still looked for Jennifer when she got the crown.
There were a lot of twists in the story, especially finding out who wrote last years and this year’s list. I like how each girl grew a little bit, not enough to make it unrealistic but enough that it gave me hope that if they were real people, they would be better people now.
I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.