The List

The List

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An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.
The remarkable New York Times bestseller! It happens every year before homecoming -- the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each grade. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest. The girls who aren't picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the center of attention, and each reacts differently to the experience. With THE LIST, Siobhan Vivian deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgments of their peers. Prettiest or ugliest, once you're on the list, you'll never be the same.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 333 pages
  • 146 x 213 x 31mm | 435g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0545169178
  • 9780545169172
  • 262,443

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Praise for THE LIST: *Offering a well-differentiated cast of complex characters and a thoughtful focus on femininity, sisterhood, relationships, eating disorders, and what it means to be singled out, Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren't always a matter of appearance. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review Siobhan Vivian's latest novel tackles the beauty myth head on. Readers will find themselves relating to each character's struggles. -- BOOKPAGE Smart, snappy writing. - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW * This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. . . Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities. - KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
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About Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a powerful, involving exploration of teen girls' identities and relationships, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at www.siobhanvivian.com.
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Rating details

23,886 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 19% (4,441)
4 29% (6,969)
3 34% (8,140)
2 14% (3,310)
1 4% (1,026)

Our customer reviews

I have wanted to read this one for some time because I was interested the the premise of this list that targeted the most beautiful and ugliest girl in each class. I wanted to see how the dynamics played out, how much bullying would come into play and wanted to know who is behind the list and why. There is a shifting point of view and it is with all eight of the girls, so it took me a bit to remember the individual story line, what they were voted, and what role they play in relation to the others. They all had different story lines and motives, and it was a great look into how women view themselves and how easily they could be persuaded by others/popular opinion. I wish that it would have had less characters and been able to go deeper, and for me to actually remember who was voted prettiest and ugliest, and what they were feeling about it. But there was something compulsive about it. I didn't want to stop reading even through my character confusion. I wanted to know who was behind it. I wanted to know how this would bring together or separate the girls, and how they respond to being on their place on the list. I felt like once the story got going and I was starting to get into the characters' stories and tell them from each other, it was over. And to me, at least, it didn't feel like a very complete ending. Bottom Line: Great concept, okay characters though it felt like too many.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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