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Top 8 (Top 8 #1)

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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?

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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...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Point
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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...more
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...more
Anna Motteler
Sep 16, 2010 Anna Motteler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenage girls, moms trying to understand their teenagers
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Katie Miller
May 06, 2012 Katie Miller rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Joyce Baker
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...more
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
Lory Blanco
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...more
Emily Mercer
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
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...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...more
Top 8 Round up the Usual Profiles
By: Katie Finn
Reviewed By: Emily K.

Friendverse is the new Myspace to the highschoolers in Putnam Connecticut home of the fighting pilgrim. One student; Madison Macdonald is very attached and thinks of Friendverse as her life. She goes on vacation with her family to the Galapagos Islands for spring break. While Madison was enjoying her time someone was working hard to destroy her “life” on Friendverse.
Madison narrates the story as a 16 year old girl who makes...more
Noemi claudine
this book is about a girl who gets her friendverse hacked. the whole time she has to try to find out who is hacking her and why he/she is doing it. Along th e way she gets dumped by her boyfriend, her best friends hate her, and every secret has been revealed. she meets nate, a new boy in town who turn her world upside down and she learns that the most abvious people are right infront of her.

Thos can relate to a lot of stories where people have gotten there myspace and facebook's and other types...more
Jenna Reed
"Top 8", by Katie Finn, is a novel for teenagers about a junior from Connecticut and her dramas in high school. "Top 8" was published in October of 2008 and is the first of the "Top 8" series. Not only is this book the first to the series, but it is also Katie Finn's first novel ever written. Katie Finn currently lives and writes in California.

Madison MacDonald had everything she wanted; three amazing best friends, a new boyfriend, and the leading role in her school play. Her life was flawless a...more
The Dreamer Reader
16 year old Madison MacDonald has just gotten back from her vacation to find out that her Friendverse (like MySpace and FaceBook) profile has just been hacked (GASP!) and the hacker has posted up very bad pictures of Mads and posted up horrible secrets that have hurt her friends online! And commented and sent rude meassages to her friends causing her boyfriend to break up with her leaving her practically friendless. After explaining what's happend to her BFFs, Ruth, Lisa, and Schuyler; Madison d...more
Jul 09, 2010 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own

I have to admit I was bit hesitant to read this one and to tell the truth I'm not really sure why. Thankfully, I did give it a try, and let me tell you I'm so glad I did because it proved to be not only be filled with funny parts and mystery but some substance as well! A mix I simply adored!

Madison, the main character in this, was one I liked a lot and could relate to, because she was funny and filled with a lot of heart, and someone who while made mistakes, fixed them and learned from the...more
Top 8 is a book written by Kattie Finn. It is about a girl named Madison Macdonald. After Madison comes back from a vacation, she finds that someone changed her Friendverse profile. Her hacked profile has bad pictures of her and secrets people told her. Also, many of her friends are mad and her boyfriend broke up with her. Madison comes up with possible suspects but after asking them and they all said no, she is left completely clueless. After a party, Madison finally finds out who did it. When...more
This book is about a girl in Hgighschool who has got hacked on her friendverse profile. She finds out that she has been hacked when she got back from vacation from Ecuador. She is on a mission to find out who her hacker is. She is going through erveryone on her list to find out who did it. But does she have the right people on her list? The main chararcters were Madison, Nate, and all her friends. The setting is in Putnam, Connectitcut.

Text to world. Maddie (madison) has been hacked by someone...more
May 30, 2010 Noelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mostly teen girls for there is SOME bad language
Recommended to Noelle by: found it in a book order
This book was spectacular. Katie Finn did a wonderful job.

Madison goes away on vacation to the Galapagos for spring break with her family. She spends her time on a boat, wanting desperately to go on Friendverse, a website much like Facebook or Myspace, and see what is going on back in her home town of Putnam, Conneticut.
While on the boat, she meets a cut guy named Jonathan, or Nate. But then she remembers her heart belongs to Justin, her boyfriend from back home. The internet there is really slo...more
Jessica Eckert
Top 8, by Katie Finn, is about a teenage girl, Madison McDonald, who has it going pretty well for her. The plot of the book is when Madison comes back home after being on vcation with her family and discovers that her FriendVerse has been hacked into. Friendverse is a social networking site similar to Facebook and Myspace. Madison had a great boyfriend and many friends and also had the lead in the upcoming school play. Unfortunately, the hacker that hacked Madison's profile did not want her to...more
I have to admit that I really, really hated this book at the beginning. I couldn't stand the main character and her constant whining and I was seriously bothered by the fact that everyone in this school was so stuck up that plastic surgery and corrective eye surgery were commonplace. Who actually believes that someone hacking into their online social account is actually ruining their life? Who among the people that were affected would actually continue to blame you once you corrected the hacking...more
I really enjoyed this book. It is chick lit for teens but the story kept me glued and I think teens would enjoy it as well. When Madison goes on a family vacation to the Galapagos Islands for Spring Break, everything in her life is going well. She hates that she has to leave all technology behind....especially since she will not be able to check her "Friendverse" page. (Friendverse has replaced MySpace & Facebook as THE coolest social networking site for her and her friends) When she returns...more
Kenzie Hoffman
The book is titled “Top 8”. Its about a teenage girl names Maddie who goes on vacation for 13 days. Her life is absently perfect; she has a new boyfriend and three best friends. When she gets back from the vacation after no cell phone or computer use, she gets on her Friendster account and see’s that her account has been hacked. None of her friends believe her, and the hacker broke up with her new boyfriend over there wall post. Now she has to get her life back, and find out who did this.
I loved...more
Peyton Miller-dalberg
Top 8 was a realistic fiction book and a mystery so it gave it an edge that made it interesting. My favorite character was Madison because she related to me because she can relate to me by being able to hang out with anybody from the popular, the Goths, to the theatre geeks! My favorite part was when Madison first started hanging out with Nate. When she started hanging out with him they went to an ice cream place. He loved taking pictures but she didn't know why until the end of the story he sai...more
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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...more
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