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It takes place at a high school in New Jersey. Summer is over. Sophomore year begins tomorrow. Outfits are being planned. Lunch buddies are being secured. Texts are flying. All seems normal when…ping! Everyone in the sophomore class gets an email.

SUBJECT: The Phoenix Five: License To Spill.

Attached is a mega document.

A letter from a mysterious student starts the book. It
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293 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Poppy
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Whitley Birks
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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A cliffhanger does not mean the same thing as randomly cauterizing your plot in the middle of the rising action, but no one bothered to tell this book. There is no climax to this thing, no resolution of any sort. Instead the book just gets chopped off in the middle of set-up. It builds and builds and builds and then HAH, NOPE, YOU GET NOTHING. And that is not a cliffhanger, that is prematurely ejaculated book.

If not for that ending, I would have rated it higher. It
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Lynn
Consider yourself WARNED - this book is the first of a series and it just ends. Full stop, no closure for any of the characters. You will have to read the next book if you want to know how any of this works out.

I LOVED this book until it ended. Everything about it drew me in, and I turned pages like crazy. And then...it just ended. Every single character was left dangling with a full-stop cliff hanger. I've never been so furious. I don't mind books that are part of a series with an over-all arc,
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♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties
My reaction to this book can be summed up in one little gif:

Yawn

For me, the highlight of this book would probably be the blurb and the deceptively pretty cover.

Unfortunately, the lowlight would have to be everything else.
Michelle Wrona


Is it possible to say that this is Lisi Harrison's worst book and I didn't enjoy it that much? Yes, you got it Massie Block.

After becoming obsessed with Lisi's Clique series and finishing it many years ago when the final book was released, I was very sad. The Clique was an amazing series and it was one of the first series/books that brought me into the YA Fiction world, and look at where I am today.

But it's already been many years, and I've been waiting for something else by Lisi
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Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Every year at the fucktabulous Noble High, 5 students are nominated as the most outstanding of that year. They are dubbed the "Phoenix Five". One of these spectacular teens has snagged the personal journals of the rest, and wants to expose them all as fakes. This individual distributes the journals to the entire school for all to see.

Basically what you get are the ramblings of five teens. One girl who pretends to be various actresses, two forgettable guys, some other random chick. The final
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Anna
A reminder that I'm too old for these kinds of books. I've never read the Clique series, but Lisi Harrison has a good presence in the adolescent genre and if she tried, her writing can appeal to a more mature audience. The real big problem I had with this book is that there isn't a clear satisfaction that the reader can take away since the book's seemingly only purpose is to set up the characters, the backgrounds, and their problems only to find that the end is a cliffhanger. I don't think it ...more
Colette
Loved it! Can't wait to find out what happens in the rest of the saga!
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2013
4.5 Stars

Each year the yearbook at Noble High announces The Phoenix Five. The five most outstanding freshman, chosen to represent the class. But as the next school year begins, someone has decided that these five are nothing but fakes... and they've decided to prove it. It seems that in freshman year English class students were made to keep a journal. One that was never to be read by anyone, not even the teacher. But now each of The Phoenix Five's journals have been stolen and leaked to the
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Elsa
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I was quite disappointed.
In fifth and sixth grade, I was obsessed with the Clique novels. I loved Alphas even more, when that series came out. Monster High was okay, but I never did get around to reading the last book.
When I heard the premise: “Three girls, two guys, five secrets”, I thought it sounded exciting, and so I checked it out.
It was not what I was expecting.
The entire novel felt like a watered-down version of Pretty Little Liars for the younger set. The characters were
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley.)
5 teenagers, 5 diaries, what will happen?


Unfortunately, this book was just boring.

The characters –
Lily – certifiable (due to delusions). Originally told us she was 5-months pregnant with triplets, not sure if this was true, but if it was, why was she still going after other guys?
Vanessa – certifiable (due to inability to deal with reality). Totally
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Read Between the Pages
I’ve never read a book by Lisi Harrison, and I probably never will besides this series. This is the first book in the series and just came out in October of 2013, so I’m not expecting a sequel anytime soon. And notice how I said this was a book, and not a novel. Siiiigh….
When I first picked this up, I thought this would be interesting and scandalous! The Barnes & Nobles YA section has failed me…it was only interesting at the end, and there wasn’t much scandal. Sheridan was your typical blond
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Crowinator
Was there this much drama in my high school? Yes, sort of -- the relationship dramas and identity issues and popularity contests and fashion experiments were there. I'm less sure about the more melodramatic parts of these five character's stories, such as the parents on death row and the boyfriend of a sister involved in a pyramid scam.

I wanted to hate this soapy high-school drama but I just couldn't. It wasn't bad, and I can think of a number of high-school girls at the library who will really
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Eden
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I know that over 80% of my books are rated at least four to five stars. I should really rate how I want to, and not try to be nice. THIS book isn't one if them! I rated it with five soaring stars because I liked how the story alternated points of views. Each story was hmm... Maybe five to eight pages each? I think my favorite character (s) were Vanessa and Sheridan. Sheridan reminded me of myself, since she's UBER-dramatic about things, as I am. And Vanessa cares about her grades, I do too, but ...more
Abbie
Dec 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review)

Pretenders and i did not get along at all.

It was so dull, housework started looking appealing.
By 60%, i was starting to lose the will to live.

The characters were absolutely ridiculous.
Lilly was by far the worst one. I really didn't like her.

I will defiantly not be reading book two.
Galaxy Adventurer
Apr 18, 2016 marked it as not-going-to-finish
glad I only paid a quarter for this at the library book sale...
Kiersten
See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe Books

I got Pretenders on Netgalley, having found out about it through an email. The concept intrigued me – the secret journals of five students were leaked, the book being a compilation of those journals. At Noble High School, all the freshmen were required to fill a journal of 250 pages for their English classes. The five journals included in the book come from the Phoenix Five – the five “most outstanding” freshmen, as elected by the school. I
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CJ
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Pretenders by Lisi Harrison is a first-reads I received at the BEA (Book Expo) Conference and is due to release on October 1st, 2013. The prologue takes place one year after chapter 1 begins and explains that the "voice" narrating the tale is one of the five characters who completed 250 pages of journal entries for an English class over the course of the school year. The five students were elected as the Phoenix Five freshman in a type of most likely to succeed kind of award. The journals which ...more
Karen
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This series opener has a terrific hook - someone has stolen the English journals of the "Phoenix Five" - five high school freshmen voted "outstanding" by the student body. Their secret crushes, family conflicts, fragile insecurities, and darkest fears have been made public, revealed in alternating chapters in the book you now hold in your hands.

Told from multiple points of view, these are the private journals of 3 girls and 2 boys including Sheridan (the diva of school theater whose journal
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Alejandra Sanchez
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pretenders is a book that shows the point of view of five principal characters. I liked the way the book was written because it is something different. I rate this book five because the ending had me wanting more, and there is a second book so I'll definitely read it. It is easy to read, it is not confusing at all, it'll make you want to keep reading. I totally recommend it. Overall, Pretenders is one of my favorite books.
Daniel
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
The best way to describe this book: the worst book I have ever read whose sequel I want to read.

Pretenders is a terrible book. Superficial, childish, silly, and annoying. It revolves around the journal entries of 5 of the most popular kids at Noble High, which supposedly is supposed to show how each of the popular kids hide who they really are to become popular and stay that way. It was supposed to show how everyone is a Pretender. I thought this book would provide some level of depth. I was
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Diana
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
leaves u on a cliff hanger and makes u want to read the next one
Francine Soleil
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
ugh.

Review originally posted at The Not-So-Literary Heiresses

Pretenders felt a lot like a getting-to-know-you book. You get introduced to all these characters, but aren't really given much in terms of story. You don't get to know how they become the Phoenix Five. You get to see the characters getting into conflicts, but don't get to see if they would turn out better or not. And so on.This is a book full of questions, but no answers.I like the whole idea of reading The Phoenix Five's journals to
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
View the full review here:
http://www.iswimforoceans.com/2013/10...

The Phoenix Five are the elite...the best of the best...the most likely to succeed in everything in life. Awarded and revered, they are untouchable; until now. Stolen journals of the Phoenix Five reveal that nothing is real and everything the students - and the town - have seen is a lie. TO attain perfection, one must create the illusion of perfection; but if they leave a trace, it's bound to be found. And now, the truth is out
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Suzanne
Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC of this book from Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Maybe it's because I am far out of high school, but this book just didn't do anything for me. It was told through 5 alternating points of view, and strictly told through journal entries. The initial journal entry was by "x-phonie" and promised a web of scandal and deceit to be unveiled throughout the remainder of the journal entries. Well, that didn't happen. What commenced was a bunch of unrealistic characters
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Stuti T
2.5/5
This review is also available on my blog.

Not only does the blurb lie like nobody’s business (‘most popular students’?? They’re freshmen – no one knows who they are!) but it certainly doesn’t live up to its interesting premise. It sounded to me like something fast-paced and gripping, but even Pretty Little Liars is cooler than this. Seriously.

Firstly, as far as I can see having read this book, they aren’t really pretenders. They’re not even that fake, they don’t hide deep, dark secrets.
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Gaele
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I had heard decent things about another of this author’s series: completely based in that tween/teen angst and issues, with some characters that were actually ones you could call friend. Sadly, the hopes that I had for this book were not met, and the lack of any sort of resolution for any of the characters with the ending that was less cliff-hanger and more a badly placed The End really had me frustrated with the story.

The premise is that the most popular five students in a prestigious school
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Esther Cho
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
One star seems like far too much to give to this book. I have no idea what I was thinking when I read this book for the first time in seventh grade and I also have no idea what I was thinking when I decided to reread it a few days ago. Maybe I have a thing for boring myself to death with overly exaggerated cliche high school drama stories with no closure. Nevertheless this was one of the worst books I have ever read and it was so very shallow but that's understandable since this came from the ...more
Michael
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So why am I'm still buying books by Lisi Harrison? Although, I'm not a huge fan of her writing style and constant puns. Well, to be honest I mildly enjoy The Clique, I still have to finish The Alphas and Monsters High is probably the only book I love by her. And The Pretenders sounded promising.

Keyword: promising. The book is actually written in a journal style format, so it was actually easier and quicker to read through them. The plot is center around five noble high students who write their
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Abi
Full version at The Rave Library.

Rating : 4/5 stars

What is it about : The five most popular students' (The Phoenix Five) journals are leaked by some mysterious source named X-Phonie ("X" for short, "because it's cooler"). The main goal is to show the journals to the world that these five students are not that perfect as it seems and there are some dark secrets that they are no way to show it to anyone.

Review : Oh, you know Lisi Harrison. Her books usually features MCs in their early teens
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Jeremey Christian
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was very excited for Pretenders as i am a long time fan of Lisi Harrison and her Clique series. I thought that this series would be kind of Gossip Girl meets The Clique meets Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately it was not. The book starts off feeling very Gossip Girl-y, but then soon falls flat.

The Phoenix Five are five high schoolers who are projected to do great things in the future. They all are popular, excel in academics, participate in extracurriculars, and have a bright future ahead of
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series "The Clique", "Alphas", "Monster High," Pretenders," and her first adult novel: "The Dirty Book Club" out 10.10.17. Lisi was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived in NYC for 15 years while she worked at MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach, CA and is a member or her own Dirty Book Club.



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