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Social networking sites are THE place to be for today's teens -- this fun, juicy novel explores the ups, downs, and scandals of a group of friends online!

Madison MacDonald is seriously freaking out

Madison MacDonald
Putnam, CT

Status: Single?

About Me:
Everything in my life was working out. I had my three best friends, a brand-new boyfriend, and the lead in the school play. A
Paperback, 308 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Point
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Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
Apr 02, 2015 Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc) rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
just remembered that i had read this forever ago so ayo
Jennifer Wardrip
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TOP 8 was a book that I didn't want to put down once I started reading.

Madison MacDonald is stuck going on a trip to the Galapagos Islands with her family for spring break. She's not thrilled about it at all. She's recently started dating Justin Williamson (seventeen days) and doesn't want to leave him or her friends. And to make matters worse, she can't take her cell phone or laptop with her because they'd be useless.

The trip turns out to be okay, and th
Katie Miller
May 06, 2012 Katie Miller rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: 12 year olds and parents who dont actually know how to internet
As a teenager who practically lives on the internet, when I received this book as a gift I thought, "meh. okay, I'll read it." I find that most "internet based" books are written from a parent "OMG YOU NEED TO WATCH WHAT YOUR KIDS OD ONLINE BECAUSE EVERYONE IS AN EVIL HACKER EXCEPT YOUR KID" perspective. This book did not fail to bring out that perspective. Aside from the predictable parent-esque attitude about the internet, I mostly found this novel shallow and unrealistic. Most people, if they ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Stephany rated it it was amazing
If a book ever made me smile nonstop, giggle uncontrollably, made my stomach flop, made me verbally exclaim different sentiments ("I saw that coming!" "Omg, I knew it!" "I totally saw that coming!!"), it is this book. And I rarely get into books that much.

From the beginning, I didn't understand what was so great about her boyfriend, Justin. When she first explained what he's like and how happy he makes her, I was like, "Aww, how sweet." But then she would think about him and think of his hair an
Anna Motteler
Sep 16, 2010 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenage girls, moms trying to understand their teenagers
I loved this book. I feel like this is a really easy book to relate to, especially if you're in high school, obviously. The main character, Madison, went somewhere over spring break & when she came back, her Friendverse (keyword for basically a MySpace or Facebook) & it had been hacked. See, Madison has a problem with telling her other close friends everything about everyone else. She's not real good at keeping her mouth shut, and that seems to be her biggest problem. Her "hacker" seems ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Adele rated it it was ok
This book didn't knock my socks off. I think the whole solution to having one's friendverse site hacked would be to delete it. Or is that just me? Despite this, I think it had an interesting message about dissing people behind their backs. The hackers (of which I guessed very, very early) parroted Madison's own comments about people on her myspace-like site while she was on vacation. So while she had been hacked, she couldn't really defend heself against the comments. An interesting predicament ...more
Plot: 6/10
Creativity: 7/10
Writing: 5/10
Characters: 7/10
Pacing: 8/10

Total: 33/50

I liked this book enough for me to want to continue on with the series, but it wasn't anything special. It was a light read. Pretty quick read. I really liked how things came through in the end.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

3.5 stars.

Diversity Rating: 0 – What Diversity?

Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 0

So I found Katie Finn’s (aka Morgan Matson’s) most recent offerings a bit wanting, but that didn’t stop me from wanting Top 8 because some days, you just want a social media mystery novel. Or any book with social media as a major plot point. I’ve got to admit, Finn surprised me! The beginning is very rough, but the payoff is worth the initial pain.

Mar 24, 2009 GirlwiththeBraids rated it it was amazing
Madison was a normal teenager. She had a great boyfriend of 17 days and counting, a trustworthy best friend, and 349 friends on her Friendverse profile. After a two-week long vacation out of the country with her family, Madison comes home to find her Friendverse account hacked. No more boyfriend, no more gang of people who like her … all because of the things that were written on the profile. I mean, Madison did say those things but writing them is totally different, right? While collecting clue ...more
Nov 06, 2008 Madison rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen girls and older
Genre: Young Adult

I chose this book because of the title. When i went threw the isles of books the title caught my eye.

Katie Finn's Top 8 was an intriguing book that i never wanted to put down. It started with Madison MacDonald who is a 16 year old girl living in Connecticut. Her life seemed perfect; she had a new boyfriend Justin (of 17 days), the lead in the school's next production, and three amazing best friends (Ruth, Lisa, and Schuyler). But her life turned sour when Mads came back from h
Dominique Ellis
Nov 19, 2014 Dominique Ellis rated it it was amazing
This book was beyond excellent, I could NOT put it down. Madison Macdonald is 16 year old girl, and just like every other 16 year old her life is completely dependent on social media, but over spring break someone hacks into her account and spills secrets of her friends, all over the internet causing her friends to turn their back on her, and her boyfriend to break up with her. Can Madison figure out who's impersonating her, reclaim her friends and love back?
Joyce Baker
Apr 07, 2012 Joyce Baker rated it it was amazing
Joyce Baker

For two weeks, Madison MacDonald goes to Galapagos Island for spring break with her parents and her little brother Travis. She comes home and discovers her Friendverse account has been hacked. The hacker was relentless. Madison meets with her three closest friends. They forgive her but others are not so easily persuaded.

To Madison’s dismay, she is hacked again. This time the hacker stole and returned her laptop out of her locker to do the crime. Madison cannot figure out who ha
Nov 20, 2012 7703arlet rated it it was amazing
This is a good realistic-fiction book. It's about a girl named Madison who goes to vacation over spring break. When she comes back she finds out that her Friendverse profile had been hacked. It revealed secrets of other people and they got mad at her because they trusted her to keep their secrets confidential. Madison just wanted things to go back to normal and to find out who her hacker was. I really enjoyed this book because this book is a mystery book and I just wanted the pieces to fit toget ...more

This book is popular with my students.


That's all I can say.

Oh, and I'm thankful Myspace went under.
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
Real rating: 3.5 stars!

The type of book you can read in one sitting. It was so absorbing and fun, with all the little red herrings in the mystery. It's too bad episodes of Inspector Morse have trained me to think outside the box, so I guess the hacker about half way through. Still, Top 8 has some excellent messages about sharing information and the keeping everyone's trust.
Teenage Reads
Jan 12, 2016 Teenage Reads rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle School GIrls
Shelves: 2016
Friendverse is the new and hotter Facebook. A place where you can post comments, statuses, pictures, but more importantly you’re Top 8. Unlike Facebook, Friendverse lets you pick 8 from your friend list and move them to a ranking numbers from 1 to 8. So number one is your boyfriend, two your best friend, third is your co-worker (can’t let her be mad at you especially after she takes all your Friday night shifts), and so on and so on till you deciding who’s important enough to be your eighth. Fri ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Kiara rated it really liked it
I had originally read this book back a two years ago, and re-reading it I realized that I really hadn't understood the book back them. At times Maddie annoyed me but at others I felt bad for her and actually liked her. I had guessed that Dell had hacked the computer during the starting scene on Freindverse where he suggests she leaves it home to not break it. I figured out Ruby a bit later on in the book. I have to say Maddie was quite naive with the whole Ruby thing, in a way it was quite obvio ...more
books are love
Jan 02, 2015 books are love rated it really liked it
what makes this book good is that this scenario is real. this can and does happen. having your social sites hacked and things changed does happen. Having your hacker hurts those following you and causing you damage emotionally does happen. this book takes a young girl who is popular and has everything going for her and shows what can happen when someone hacks your social site. How with just one moment your life can change. It shows how hurtful things can be done on a social site and their effect ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Gabby added it
Top 8 by Katie Finn is a typical teenage drama with a little more of a twist to it- profile hacking. Throughout the story Madison faces having to deal with her annoying younger brother, getting her ex back, and finding her hacker. But also a new boy comes into her life and a few new friends as well. Madison faces old time rivals (that she never knew about) and issues with her friends now. Madison finally finds her hacker (not telling who) and eventually gets back to her "normal" life.

I thought
Lory Blanco
May 24, 2014 Lory Blanco rated it really liked it
I honestly had no idea what this book was about. I was perusing through the hotels library and it just jumped at me. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.

Madison Mcdonalds is going to the Galapagos Island for spring break, not a bad thing right, if only she had internet to keep up with her friendverse (a social media like Myspace and Facebook). There she meets a cute guy, that she can barely remember his name. She has a good time but she cant wait to come back to her house and to c
Emily Mercer
Mar 24, 2014 Emily Mercer rated it liked it
I have just finished the book TOP 8 by Katie Finn. It features a high school ages girl named Madison Macdonald. She starts off the book by taking a trip to the Galápagos Islands with her family. While she is on vacation, her Friendverse profile gets hacked, and spills horrible spelling errors on her profile, and secrets and awful things that she's said about people behind their backs. When she gets back to school, everyone shuns her, and she has to find out who ruined her profile, and try to mak ...more
Fatoumata Diop
Feb 27, 2014 Fatoumata Diop rated it it was amazing
This book basically traverses the ups and downs, and crimes of a group of best friends. In addition, it is also about a girl that learns about her relationships, and her friendships. I think that the theme is maybe, that you have to be careful what you say and think before you say, because it can come back to you as revenge.

This book talks about a girl called Madison MacDonald that is a very social person and she goes the the Galapagos Island for 2 weeks. She is very addicted to Friendverse and
Shalynn Zachary
Feb 17, 2016 Shalynn Zachary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-10
When I was a young adult I absolutely adored this book. I've read it several times since then because it is such a fun and interesting read. It's addicting, especially being raised in the generation where social media similar to "Friendverse" is so prevalent. Madison MacDonald is your typical "Queen Bee" of high school where everything is just going right for her (perfect boyfriend, perfect friends, perfect hobbies, etc.). That is until she goes on a tip for 2 weeks without her phone or internet ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Janelle rated it liked it
So when I first picked up this book, I really liked the plot and couldn't wait to see where the author took it. But about half way through, I realized that it was going to be very cliché, and very unrealistic. By the time that I was finished, I realized that I was right. To be honest, there were times where I was getting bored with it and just wanted to finish it so I could move on. There was a good plot, but I think the author just needed to take it a different way.
Nov 27, 2010 Nisha rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! Plus, it was very easy to get into because the story is exiting right from the beginning of the book! I could not put this book down. It was really a page-turner because it was very exiting and interesting. I like how the plot is very original and the characters are easy to relate to. I would recommend this book to teen girls who like reading about highschool and things like that.
Nov 18, 2014 Erin added it
Top 8
Katie Finn

This book is about a girl who goes on spring break on a cruise ship without wifi. But while she is on the cruise someone hacks her social media and says a bunch of mean things about people on it. When she gets back people are really mad at her for it. She goes out to look for who did it, and finds out it was someone close to her.

I thought this book was really interesting. I expesially liked the ending, I was not expecting it. But the thing didn't like about this book was how long
Mar 21, 2016 BethLee rated it really liked it
Top 8 by Katie Finn is an adorible novel that touches on some coming of age issues.

Madison McDonald has just gotten back from a vacation during spring break. Her biggest priority is getting back on Friendverse, the major social media network. Once she gets on her page however, she finds out it's been hacked. Find out how Madison recovered from the damage caused by the hacker.

First of all, let's fangirl about how this book was written by Morgan Matson. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MORGAN MATSON. Her book
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Morgan Matson (aka Katie Finn) is so great at character development, it's literally ridiculous. I loved how fun this novel was, the quotes and songs are so great and the twists and turns made this super duper entertaining. If you've loved all her other stuff, you will love this!
May 08, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
This book was just okay and I basically ordered it for a quick read at work. Someone hacked the main girl's online profile (a lot like facebook) while she was on vacation and she is dealing with the consequences and trying to figure out who did it throughout the book.
Mar 18, 2014 Kelli rated it it was ok
This book was not super spectacular. You could definitely tell that it was the authors first book. It didn't seem to have much flow (referring the events and things that had happened in the story), and everything seemed rushed.

Other than that, I did enjoy the book and it shows a strong message about how to safely use the internet and certain social media pages. It also makes you think twice about what you say about people behind their backs. I enjoyed getting to know each characters deepest sec
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Katie Finn grew up in Connecticut, in a town that looks an awful lot like Putnam. During high school, she was a total theater devotee (like Madison) and never dreamed she’d be a writer. But lots of Katie’s high school misadventures have made it into her books…which just goes to show that you never know!

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house she wishes was a lot closer to the be
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