The List by Siobhan Vivian (review by Joyce Z. ’17)

The ListThe List by Siobhan Vivian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The List is a brutally realistic, relatable story of eight girls who all suddenly have the undivided attention of the whole high school. Abby Warner, the prettiest girl in the freshman year is understandably ecstatic about her new title but has to work through her sister’s jealousy. Danielle DeMarco has never thought of herself as especially ugly or masculine until she is dubbed Dan the Man by this year’s list. Lauren Finn, the new girl, embraces the newfound popularity received from being the prettiest sophomore. Candace Kincaid, is enraged about being named the ugliest because she’s just not ugly, not even close – on the outside. Bridget Honeycutt knows that her summer transformation is only a result of starving herself the whole summer. Sarah Singer has never cared about beauty and now goes even farther to prove her point by neglecting hygiene for a whole week. Margo Gable, the prettiest senior, might just have her expected title of homecoming queen stolen from her by Jennifer Briggis, the ugliest senior. I recommend this interesting read to anyone who enjoys a light drama of high school girls struggling to fit in. The List is an honest novel that reveals society’s true perception of beauty and how other peoples’ opinion can change one’s feeling of self-worth. – Joyce Z. ‘17

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