Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The List

by Siobhan Vivian

Every year the list comes out. Every year the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade is determined by that list.  The list can make or break someone at Mount Washington High School. When the 8 girls on this years list find out their rankings, each reacts differently. Perhaps this year one of them will break the cycle, but what will it take for them to do it.

The List grabbed me right from the start. The list is a horrible tradition, but one that you can easily see happening anywhere around the country.  The book alternates from the perspectives of each of the girls selected, both the prettiest and the ugliest. Each girl's reaction is believable, and their evolution about their perception of the list from beginning to end is really interesting. It's a great read for teens about the dangers or owning too much into social perception, as well as the dangers of bullying.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 9th Grade

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