The List

The List

Book - 2012
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Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade--this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.
Publisher: New York : Push, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545169172
Branch Call Number: YA VIV
Characteristics: 333 p. ;,22 cm

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scissornose
Jun 26, 2016

"The perception of beauty is a moral test." Henry David Thoreau ---- this produced a lot of issues to think about

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Gentoxic
May 05, 2016

I'm sorry, but this book was pretty hard. Cut and cold. That ending was so horrible, not even resolving the conflict with the girls.
I under stand you need 8 girls, but I think that it was too many.
Overall, I didn't think this book was that good.
PS. not enough romance (not really saying that as something bad...)

Blue_Bear_560 Apr 26, 2014

Loved it, couldn't put it down.

blue_raven_37 Aug 26, 2013

This book underscores the actuality of today's society, which demands for vulnerable teenage girls to be "perfect," an overrated terms which many girls strive to be.

cali2010 Aug 23, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed The List by Siobhan Vivian. The book is an inside look at the social status of Mount Washington High, and features 8 girls who have all been singled out and put on: The List. Every year The List is posted around the school and lists the prettiest and ugliest girls in each grade. The book explains how, whether they are named prettiest or ugliest, The List affects each girl in the story. Each of the 8 girls on the list go through multiple changes in their personalities and their relationships with other characters. At first I was worried that 8 characters would be hard to follow, but the book does a great job of intertwining the stories and it is a great plot.

Overall, I loved this book and I think that it is definitely a good read for teenagers.

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EGL97
Aug 19, 2013

I enjoyed reading The List by Siobhan Vivian, I’m not going to call it a masterpiece or anything but it was a nice, entertaining and quick read for teens. The story follows eight different girls in high school that have been affected by the list. Every year at Mount Washington High School the list is printed everywhere in the school determining who’s the prettiest and ugliest from each grade. Everything that happens is a result of the list, which is why I think it’s the perfect title. It’s interesting because you see how the list affects eight very different people. From reading this concept one might think, “Oh so the book is about how the list positively affects the ones named prettiest and negatively affects the ones named ugliest” but that’s not necessarily true.

The List addresses several teen issues throughout the story and each girl has their own personal problems above having to deal with being the center of attention. Although eight different perspectives makes it interesting, in the beginning it made it a bit hard to remember what girl was who, though thankfully there was a page of “the list” at the front of the book to go back to and check. Another thing about having eight different main characters is the fact their issues aren’t addressed to the fullest and what doesn’t help is there was no real resolution at the end. The author leaves too many questions unanswered. However overall I think this book is well written and entertaining with characters that are easy to connect too. It also leaves important main messages and morals to teens such as discovering what appearances mean and what they don’t. I would recommend it more for younger teens than older ones.

Bookworm11_a Aug 06, 2013

I have to say this was another one of those typically high school books but the Author was able to get more that just the popular girls or the nerd perspective on everything. This is probably why I liked the book so much. Sometimes it did get a bit confusing and the girls did get mixed up but overall it was a very good book and well written.

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noora10
Aug 02, 2013

I loved it! I just wished the author had painted a better picture in my mind of what each girl looked like. I couldn't get a clear idea of their image.

JCLChristiH Jun 08, 2013

At Mount Washington High a list is posted school-wide just before homecoming, on it are listed the prettiest girl and the ugliest girl from each class. How will this list affect each of these eight girls?

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Haven0406
May 27, 2013

this book was amazingly interesting, I couldn't put it down.

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gracehitch Jun 12, 2014

gracehitch thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

cali2010 Aug 23, 2013

cali2010 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 17 and 13

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noora10
Aug 02, 2013

noora10 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MADKC4Ever
Dec 20, 2012

MADKC4Ever thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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hdrennan
Jul 25, 2012

hdrennan thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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RachaelMadison
Jul 01, 2012

RachaelMadison thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

topekay Jun 28, 2012

topekay thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Green_Cheetah_154
May 26, 2012

Green_Cheetah_154 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 19

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white_owl_63
May 23, 2012

white_owl_63 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

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mlketcham
May 05, 2012

mlketcham thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

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blue_raven_37 Aug 26, 2013

This book portrays eight different girls who go to Mount Washington High School. Each of these girls have been mentioned in The List, which is a tradition the school upholds, stating the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade. Each of the eight girls get affected by the list in a different way, whether it was through their personalities or relationships with their peers.

DOUGLAS21 Sep 08, 2012

I say the book was ok i thouht the drama was gonna be way more intense but overall it was an intresting read

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RachaelMadison
Jul 01, 2012

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

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Myrna000
Jan 12, 2012

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

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MADKC4Ever
Dec 20, 2012

"Margo was glad for their discretion. Because if Jennifer knew that Margo had been invited, she'd absolutely expect to come along. Jennifer seemed to think that, because they were best friends, they could never do anything apart. And maybe that was true. Maybe that's how best friendships were supposed to work. But to Margo, it just felt suffocating. It was another reason to want out."

"Obviously the rhinestones wouldn't be diamonds, but Margo had always assumed the tiara would be metal.

It isn't.

It is plastic."

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RachaelMadison
Jul 01, 2012

"Abby doesn't want Lisa to go to the dance without her, either. Her mind spins. "I guess ... I could sign it. You know, pretend to be my mom."
"Yes! That's a great idea! I mean, Mr. Timmet will never know. How would he know?"
Me: /headdesk. aiya."

topekay Jun 28, 2012

"No one had said it wrong."

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noora10
Aug 02, 2013

Sexual Content: References

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noora10
Aug 02, 2013

Coarse Language: Mostly in the Sarah Chapters. The language in her chapters is the worst out of the whole book.

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