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Pretenders (Pretenders Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I've read almost all of Lisi Harrison's books. I really think th

I've read almost all of Lisi Harrison's books. I really think this one might be her best yet. For slightly older readers than her old The Clique series. i also think guys and girls will equally like it.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2013

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Consider yourself WARNED - this book is the first of a series an

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 dre...
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, but I expect each individual book to have some form of closure at the end. This had none of it. Worst of all, there was no warning that this would be the case - that this was the first book in a series. If I had known that, I wouldn't have started it until the next book was available. I feel so used and frustrated.

posted by lmcc67 on October 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

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    I enjoyed this read. It was easy and something I finished within

    I enjoyed this read. It was easy and something I finished within the 2-3 hour range. It was cute story of the struggles of freshmen in a high school that is known for exceeding in all aspects. Which to me, was very relateable situation. I'm currently a high school freshmen for an overachieving school and understand that pressure. It was nice to see each of the different POVs and i love seeing the little drama with peers and the opposite sex in High School. (Which in my case is awesome to read about since I go to an all girl HS). I loved the character development throughout the book and how they struggle to be different and at the same time act like the rest of the crowd. The only thing that I didn't enjoy was the ending. Just like another reviewer had said, I didn't feel like it was a great  way to end the book. I never got that sense of rap up for some of the characters that we didn't hear much from at the end. I felt like I was missing what was going on with Jagger. I turned to the last few pages and was like 'Wait, that was it?". Overall good book and I can't wait for more! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Did you ever wonder...

    Ever took a sneak peek at someone’s diary or journal? Those personal thoughts a person writes down, maybe thoughts of anger, fear, joy, their darkest secrets that cannot be shared with a best friend? As a class project, everyone was to keep a private daily journal for the school year. No one was to ever see it but the author. Who would think someone would stoop low enough to steal the diaries of the five students elected as the Phoenix Five, the most popular, most “together” students in the freshman class? But someone did. Was it spite? Jealousy? Curiosity? A need to know that even the kids with it all on the outside were really just like everyone else?

    Pretenders by Lisi Harrison begins with the theft of these five journals and alternating chapters highlighting their private entries. The deepest thoughts, insecurities, feelings and routines of these students were exposed. The entries read just like a journal, sometimes the thoughts were silly, funny, immature, arrogant, but they felt real. I felt I was reading real journals, mentally doing an eyeroll here and a chuckle there. Was it riveting reading? Depends on what you call riveting, if you like to snoop, imagine it being someone you know, it’s riveting. Even better if you don't like the person. If you felt you were impinging on someone’s privacy, Lisi Harrison made them so life-like, that you may feel uncomfortable, the point is, you feel something when you finish! I can't say I liked the Phoenix Five as people, but I did feel for what they wrote, and their notes did appear honest to me.

    I’m not sure Ms. Harrison was looking to entertain as much as to point out, hey, even the in crowd is human and flawed and maybe everyone is a "pretender" to some degree! What becomes of these journals, the point to the theft, the consequences of this brutal exposure, and the person who took them, well, there is book two for that!

    I received this copy from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Awesome

    I love how all the characters click together in a gut twisting heart wenching way. Its hard to follow the characters at first and fallin love with them but by the first couple character switches you love the characters and everything makes scence. The only thing i didnt get was lily i feel like her character was hard to follow. Overall it was a great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Sample version

    Just finished reafing the sample version if this book.... pretty interseting. I just wonder if it will be any better than the other book i finished reading. Bewtween u and me by Zendaya. You know the girl who plays Rocky Blue in Disney Channel's Shake it up. Hopefully now to just purchase the book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Love it

    I love all of lisi harrisons books and this is my most fav and im in 8th gtade and the kids in the book r in highschool so i wouldnt let 11 and unfer read it its more for older kids

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