Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Push (Scholastic)
*A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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.
My review: I had heard alot of people calling this teeny bopperish so I was kind of nervous because I don't read a lot of really really girly stuff. This wasn't teeny bopperish to me and I am here to explain my point.
First, the characters. I loved every girl that was in this novel. I also really liked how they all had their own personalities throughout the entire novel. I really liked that they didn't all blend together like I figured they would do. I can't go into each and every girl so that's what I'm giving you to work with.
Next, the plot. So, this takes place at your average high school. But, there's a twist. Every year a list is published by a student or students (noone knows the truth). This list lists the ugliest girl and the prettiest girl from each grade 9 through 12. We follow the 8 girls struggle and how they deal with this. 8 girls mean a lot of POV'S. That was the major downfall in this book for me. I had to keep checking to make sure I was associating the right girl with the right year and ugly or pretty.
Overall, this was a great read. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a light, quick, fun read. It's a very very very quick read. The List was a compelling debut and I am happy to review it here on Tay's Book Corner.