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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...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Push
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Emily May


2.5
To say that this was one of my most anticipated books of 2012, I am really disappointed. As with Not That Kind Of Girl, I thought this book had the potential to be really good and I'm sure the author set out with the greatest of intentions... and yet this novel failed to deliver. And I think that was mostly because it tried too hard to be a number of different things and, by doing so, was stretched too thin and failed to achieve any of the initial goals.

I gave the rating that extra .5 star b...more
Arlene
Jan 13, 2012 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker - ARC Tour Flannery
Thank you Flannery from The Readventurer for allowing me to read this ARC. :D

With trembling hands, she quickly finishes pinning the dress and puts it on…then she twists her hair up, adds a bit of lipstick. She gets ready without looking in the mirror…. She doesn’t need to see herself. She already knows. She will never be pretty...

So here’s what happens every year at Mount Washington High School. A week before Homecoming, students walk the halls in search of The List posted and scattered around t...more
Rocket
Adults sometimes shouldn't review teen fiction. Or at least, we should get some teenagers to review it too.

The List by Siobhan Vivian is about eight high school girls, two from each grade, who are put on The List during homecoming week at Mount Washington High. The List is a list of the prettiest - and ugliest - girls in each grade, two for each. The book follows all of the girls through the week, narrating their reactions, the school's reactions, and the events that follow because of this list....more
Wendy Darling
Made it through about 50 pages before the shifting present tense--among other things--drove me crazy.
Tara
Originally reviewed http://hobbitsies.net/2012/03/the-lis...

he List by Siobhan Vivian is one of those books that made me so freaking angry while I was reading it, and yet I couldn’t make myself put it down.

I hated 90% of the characters in The List. They were all so messed up and obnoxious and self-centered and bratty and downright cruel – and yet, unfortunately realistic. So I guess it’s good that I couldn’t stand them. Although I think someone should push Andrew off of a cliff.

The List took pla...more
Giselle
A light, quick read - The List follows eight girls who have been named ugliest or pretties on this "List" which has been posted around the school every year for decades. You think being a "prettiest" would be easy? Think again!

Although The List addresses several teen issues throughout the story, it ended up being a much fluffier read than I expected. With eight different points of view, we're taken into each of the four ugliest, as well as the four prettiest girls' lives spanning the week after...more
Kristina Jo
So, I wanted to really, really like this book, but the ending was so abrupt that I just can't. Every year in this high school, a list comes out naming the prettiest and ugliest girls in each grade. The List deals with the fallout of this list over the next week. But is it really just over the course of one week?

Being listed as the prettiest junior encourages one girl's budding eating disorder - which is also wreaking havoc on her relationship with her younger sister. This isn't something that en...more
Katie
The List is ridiculously heartbreaking. It's meant to be. But for me, it was absolutely ... gutwrenching. As someone who suffered with depression as a teenager, I knew the book would be pretty personal and touchy but ... holy crap. I was a messy puddle of emotions on my bedroom floor when I closed the book. It's like Siobhan Vivian reached into my head, gripped every insecurity I had about myself as a teenager and squeezed. Hard.

Before I get into how much this book made me feel, I'll start with...more
Elizabeth
The List of The List
FRESHMEN
Ugliest
Clichéd melodrama-
Also known as my pet hate. Because not everyone in high school is shallow, can’t see people’s motives for insta-friendship, or reacts to being labelled ugly by not washing themselves for a week.
Prettiest
The premise –
Extra points for overcoming high school setting idea clichés

SOPHOMORES
Ugliest
Normalising alcohol-
Because the themes matter too, and call me a prude, but I like to see the under-age alcohol-drinkers in YA appropriately dealt with...more
J
The whole time I was reading this book---I kept thinking about a comment that Sally Field made in an interview many years ago. She said, "I cannot live up to all the images that people have assigned to me---it would be like chasing ghosts."

Popularity, social outcasts, cliques, friends, enemies, rejection, acceptance,---are the ingredients to a well rounded high school life. No matter the social circle a young teenage girl is blessed with or cursed by, she can never experience friendships charact...more
Ellis
I'm not entirely sure what exactly I expected to get from The List, but I ended up quite disappointed anyway. Don't get me wrong. This is a very readable book with a nice story that moves at a quick pace, but I really slogged through some of the chapters, mostly because there were certain characters I just couldn't stand. The beginning was rough and I initially thought the writing quite juvenile, though it later became clear that this was more a reflection of the character in question than the w...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Do you remember what you looked like in high school? No, wait… not how you actually looked, but how you felt like you looked. Even if you looked okay, you didn’t necessarily feel like you did. And worrying about everyone looking at you, judging you, that horrible self-consciousness that scars you for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little overdramatic, but this is a book about teenagers, and that's what it feels like when you're a teen.

And truly, high school sucks. No, I don’t me...more
April
Every year at Mount Washington High School, eight girls – two from each grade are singled out and place on The List, judged to be either the prettiest or the ugliest girl in their class. Siobhan Vivian delves into a topic near and dear to my heart, beauty and it’s implications, with her latest book, The List.

Read the rest of my review here
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian, Scholastic/PUSH, April 2012, 336p., 978-0-545-16917-2

“She’s suddenly beautiful
We all want something beautiful
Man I wish I was beautiful”
-- Duritz/Bryson, “Mr. Jones”

“THE LIST

FRESHMEN
Ugliest:
DANIELLE DEMARCO --
Also known as Dan the Man.
Prettiest:
ABBY WARNER –
Bonus points awarded for overcoming family genetics!
SOPHOMORES:
Ugliest:
CANDACE KINCAID –
Beauty isn’t just skin-deep, btw.
Prettiest:
LAUREN FINN –
Everyone’s hot for the new girl.
JUNIORS:
Ugliest:
SARA...more
Sandra
I loved this book! Let me start out by saying that it's not just a fluffy contemporary novel, The List really has some depth and the character development is amazing. We really get to know each of the eight girls in the 332 pages of the book; they were all unique and reacted to their placement on the list differently. I think it's great that Siobhan Vivian was able to come up with eight unique personalities and let the reader get to know them all equally - it's a feat I couldn't accomplish! Anyw...more
Monica!
I’m going to admit right up front that I’m not typically a Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girls kind of person, friends, which means that this poor little book was going to have to work to get me to love it. So the fact that I wasn’t 100% won over isn’t necessarily the fault of the story.

Although I think the story might have had a tiny bit to do with it; I like to think I can stay reasonably on top of characters, but having eight simultaneous plots bouncing around in all directions was a little i...more
Siew Ee
It’s not every day that you come across a superbly-written book like “The List”. First of all, I doubt a list giving the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade will ever make a debut in a Singapore school. Nevertheless, Singapore teenagers should read “The List” as this provocative novel explores significant issues found in every teenager’s life – self-esteem, social/peer pressure, friendship & parent/child relationships, and last but not least, moral fortitude.

The axiom, “Beauty is only s...more
Clementine
Every year at Mount Washington High School, an anonymous list gets posted. On it, eight girls–two from each grade–are ranked as the prettiest and the ugliest in their grade. It doesn’t really matter who made the list, because once it’s posted, the damage is done. This year, eight girls will find their names on the list and will discover that their lives are forever altered. As they discover what it is to be named, they also begin to discover what appearances mean–and what they don’t.

Siobhan Vivi...more
Mesa
I don’t have words to describe this book. It’s very different from a lot of YA books. The List is, obviously a … list, which gets posted all over the school of the week of homecoming. This book is written in not just two or three or four, but in eight points of view. It follows the eight girls who are in the list.

Abby: a freshman who doesn’t really care for her school. She’s happy when she was named the prettiest girl from her grade. To be honest, I didn’t really care for her; she’s kind of a b...more
Evie
***Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog |YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news! ^___^


The List is a smart and provocative contemporary novel, and one that made a huge impression on me. Featuring themes like love, friendship, sisterhood, family, and anorexia, The List is a harrowing exploration of the judgements that teen girls face regarding their physical appearance and popularity, as well as the social pressure for them to be pretty, skinny, and flawle...more
Reading Teen
I wasn't expecting to like this book at first.
At all.
I mean yes, I love chick-lit books.
But I usually stay away from the high school drama centered books.
So when I read the summery of this book I almost didn't read it.
But to my surprise, I actually really liked this book.
Because even though the whole concept of it sounds really... shallow, it has heart to it.
Siobhan Vivian did an excellent job of developing all the characters.
Even though in the beginning, I had to refer to front of the bo...more
Michael
Every year on the Monday before homecoming, it appears in the halls of Mount Washington High School--the list. It's a ranking of the four prettiest and the four ugliest girls from each class at Mount Washington. If you're a senior girl and deemed the prettiest, odds are you're a shoe-in for homecoming queen.

Siobhan Vivian's The List begins on the fateful Monday and follows the eight girls who were placed on the list this year. There's Margo, the senior who sees her ranking as prettiest singer a...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Honestly I was super excited when I read about this book. Not only did I enjoy Vivian's Not That Kind of Girl I loved the concept. The pressure on girls to be beautiful this day and age is extremely high so I was curious was Vivian's take was on it. And I must say there were things I really loved about it and there were things I didn't love. As a whole the story was good, but there were just some things I wanted more from.

I'm gonna start with what I didn't like:

Bridget
Bridget's whole story reall...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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 ot...more
Wendy
** Spoilers, people. *** 3 stars.



This book gives you a portrait of 8 girls on a list: 4 ugly, 4 beautiful.

While some are sort-of likable, it is a story of 8 stereotypical, cliched, cookie-cutter characters.

The Uglies:

Danielle - the jock who could probably kick your butt
Candace - the I'm-better-than-everyone-else PassAg Queen Bee
Sarah - the emo/punk/angry tough girl
Jennifer - the frumpy, overweight 3rd wheel

The Beauties:

Abby - the dumb one
Lauren - the smart, home schooled, un-socialized one
Brid...more
kari
May 01, 2012 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
To all writers: If you are going to have the second paragraph of your book be about a ginkgo tree and how it smells, you need to make very sure that you know what you are talking about. Ginkgo trees drop their yellow nut pods (which btw, are poisonous) in the autumn. Not the spring. No one, not even silly un-knowing freshmen, would hang out under a ginkgo tree in autumn, which would be when the nuts fall to the ground; nuts enclosed in pods that smell like nothing so much as horribly stinky feet...more
Lylaa
THE LIST

FRESHMEN
Ugliest:
DANIELLE DEMARCO -
Also known as Dan the Man.
Prettiest:
ABBY WARNER -
Bonus points for overcoming family genetics!

SOPHOMORES
Ugliest
CANDACE KINCAID -
Beauty isn't just skin-deep btw.
Prettiest
LAUREN FINN -
Everyone's hot for the new girl.

JUNIORS
Ugliest
SARAH SINGER -
It's like she's trying to be as ugly as possible!
Prettiest
BRIDGET HONEYCUTT
What a difference a summer can make.

SENIORS
Ugliest
JENNIFER BRIGGS -
(Drumroll, please.)
The only four-peat in Mount Washington history!
Congr...more
Allie
This is a very well-written book that examines what happens after eight high school girls are designated either the prettiest or ugliest in their grade. It's often brutal to read but unflinchingly honest about what high school can be like.

I especially liked the characters of Milo and Danielle and really felt for Lauren. Even though the storyline was split among so many characters' perspectives, I felt like I got inside each girl's head enough to understand her motivations and reactions. That ca...more
Adriana
Kirkus reviews called this one "riveting" but they must have been reading a different advance copy because I didn't find it riveting at all. The story is based around the idea that a LIST is put out each year at Mount Washington High School naming the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade. No one knows who makes the list, the only thing that makes it official is the Mt. Washington stamp that adorns it. First off I was not thrilled with 8 different characters, it took me over half the book to...more
Berna
I don't know what to think of this book. The ending was rush, and missed a lot of things.
The thing I'm sure is that I HATE JENNIFER. Couldn't believe what she did, and WHY. It made absolutely no sense. And she was such an irritable person! I understand why Margo didn't want her around. I liked Margo; she was honest and true to herself. She cared what other people think, and had dreams (who hasn't) but she wasn't a bitch. I mean, she did what though it was right. Shame that we didn't see her and...more
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Siobhan Vivian is the author of THE LIST, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, SAME DIFFERENCE, and A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE. She also co-wrote BURN FOR BURN, the first novel in a planned trilogy, with her best friend JENNY HAN. She currently lives in Pittsburgh.
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