The List [NOOK Book]

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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.

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The List

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The eponymous list, which mysteriously appears on the walls of Mount Washington High each year before homecoming, has the power to lift or break the spirits of eight female students: on it are the names of the “prettiest” and the “ugliest” girl in each grade. In this insightful and provocative novel, Vivian (Not That Kind of Girl) explores the effects the list has on the most recently chosen girls. While some results—self-doubt, shame, pressure—are to be expected, some of the girls respond in surprising and unconventional ways. Rebellious sophomore Sarah takes her “ugliness” to a new level by refusing to bathe or change clothes. Senior Jennifer, deemed ugliest four years running, works her way into a circle of popular girls, a group led by “prettiest girl” Margo, who used to be her best friend. Offering a well-differentiated cast of complex characters and a thoughtful focus on femininity, sisterhood, relationships, eating disorders, and what it means to be singled out, Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren’t always a matter of appearance. Ages 13–18. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Apr.)
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Praise for THE LIST:

* “Offering a well-differentiated cast of complex characters and a thoughtful focus on femininity, sisterhood, relationships, eating disorders, and what it means to be singled out, Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren't always a matter of appearance.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

“Siobhan Vivian's latest novel tackles the beauty myth head on. Readers will find themselves relating to each character's struggles.” -- BOOKPAGE

“Smart, snappy writing.” – NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

* “This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. . . Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
High School is hard enough without having to anxiously await “the list” posted each year before Homecoming at Mount Washington High. It is unknown how the girls are chosen or who is in charge. Hundreds of copies are made and posted all over the school. The dreaded list is inescapable and can make or break you, for it decides who is the prettiest and who is the ugliest girl of the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes. Life for these eight girls will never be the same; for those not chosen at all, they quickly are an after-thought. The list will change relationships between friends, family and boyfriends. The author takes readers on an exciting journey through the eyes of each girl on the list and evokes great emotion and intrigue for the reader. This powerful novel beautifully intertwines and brings forth the many difficult facets of teen life. See how the characters face the struggles of identity, self-esteem and the constant judgment of peers. This is a true page-turner that honestly explores the complexities of life, especially within the walls of high school. Reviewer: Lisette Baez; Ages 15 up.
Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Every year, right before homecoming, a list with eight names is posted all over school. Two girls are chosen from each class: the prettiest and the ugliest girls at Mount Washington high school. Each year, the girls of Mount Washington High hope that they might be the lucky one chosen as "prettiest" and worry that they might be singled out as "ugliest." No one knows who is behind the list, or how the girls are chosen, but everyone knows that the labels, once applied, will change the lives and status of these eight girls forever. Vivian explores the dangers of applying superficial labels, even those generally considered positive, as she follows this year's eight girls through the homecoming week. As we witness their reactions and follow their interactions with their classmates, we can see that the labels we give each other don't really mean anything at all. Being known as "prettiest" may be more of a curse than a blessing, and the "ugliest" girl might be truly beautiful. Every girl who has ever felt the pressures of trying to fit in will find herself in the pages of this book. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
VOYA - Paula J. Gallagher
Everyone is on the list for a reason. A compilation of the school's prettiest and ugliest girls by class, the list is an unofficial end-of-September tradition at Mount Washington High School. Vivian's scathing look at popularity takes on a variety of teen issues, each represented by a character in this social commentary on image and self-esteem. An omniscient narrator takes the reader into the minds of the eight girls on the list, each battling her own demons in both a private and public way. Vivian's ambitious structure keeps the reader at an emotional distance from the girls, but this works to her advantage. The prettiest girls fare no better than the ugliest; no one is safe from scrutiny. These insecure girls struggle with interpersonal relationships. Who can you trust when friends, boyfriends, and even family constantly betray you in the smallest ways? Do you bother to try to improve your social standing, or do you rebel against it? And underlying all of this is the mystery of the identity of the sadistically powerful list maker. The reveal does not disappoint. Teen readers will find Vivian's breezy, easily consumable prose more than skin deep. Expect The List to be read, dog eared, passed around, and most importantly, discussed. Reviewer: Paula J. Gallagher
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—All hail the List: the annual unveiling of the names of eight girls, one deemed prettiest and one ugliest, from each grade at Mount Washington High School. The last week of every September—for as long as anyone can remember—brings the plastering of the anonymous list all over campus, and with it the scrutiny of the named girls' humiliation and triumph. While the principal wants to get to the bottom of its creation and put an end to the cruel, shallow judgment it represents, the teens themselves react in both expected and unexpected ways. Vivian attempts to introduce her characters and some of the important people in their lives, but that asks for perhaps more differentiation in readers' minds than comes quickly or easily. Eventually, the cast is clarified but rarely emerges from basic sketch to live action. Instead readers are given caricatures: a mean sophomore called "ugly" on the inside gets her comeuppance from an unstudied homeschooled girl named prettiest; freshman swimmer Danielle, called "Dan the Man" for her jockette looks, is shaken by the disloyalty of her embarrassed boyfriend, while a pretty ninth grader faces grounding on Homecoming due to failing grades. The best-looking junior is pressured back into anorexia, no less miserable than ugly Sarah who refuses to bathe or change clothes for nearly a week after she's named; and four-time loser Jennifer, enjoying infamy over anonymity, is counterbalanced by her childhood friend but now unapproachable homecoming queen. Worthwhile social commentary for readers to consider still emerges in this too-bland narrative.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA
Kirkus Reviews
This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. Every year during homecoming week, a list is posted anonymously at Mount Washington High naming the prettiest and ugliest girls in each class. Abby, who finds it easier to get credit for her looks than hard work, and Danielle, whose swimmer's physique gets her labeled "ugly," are this year's freshman duo. The list confers instant status, transforming formerly homeschooled sophomore Lauren from geeky to hot while consigning her counterpart, pretty-but-mean Candace, to pariah. But what the label mainly confers is anxiety. Prettiest junior Bridget despairs that she'll ever be thin enough to merit her title; Sarah takes refuge in anger, vowing to earn her ugly label big-time. Jennifer, four-time "ugliest" winner, tries to relish the notoriety. Margo's title should make her the slam-dunk choice for homecoming queen, but will it? Whether clued in or clueless to the intricate social complexities, boyfriends reinforce the status quo, while moms carry scars of their own past physical insecurities. The issue is seldom front and center in books for teens, but Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities that looks alone confer status, and their power is greatest when obscured by the pretense that "looks don't matter." (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545443234
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 17,523
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 877 KB

Meet the Author

Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a “powerful, involving exploration of teen girls’ identities and relationships,” Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at www.siobhanvivian.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Sample of the book

    I have read the book already.Since there is no sample i am giving you one.This about 8 of 9th-12th grade girls being judged prettiest to ugliest before homecoming.As you keep on reading the book,the events get harsher and harsher.I would recommend girls ages 12-18 (7th-12th grade) should read this.If you are 11 (6th grade) and you really want to read it you must stay focused throughout the book.THATS ALL I AM GOING TO SAY PEACE HOMEDOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    49 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Sample

    Please put a sample!

    43 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    A Harsh, But Realistic View of the Life of An Average High School Girl

    3.5 stars

    The collective PEOPLE always say that high school years are the best ones of your life, but I think we’ve all come to the conclusion that that statement is far from true for most people. For a select few, high school is four years of amazingness, but for most, it’s just a set of years that are good, or okay, or bearable. For others, it’s Hell. Siobhan Vivian’s The List explores a week in the life of eight different high school girls – some popular, some not. Their ages range from 14-17/18 and their social groups come to mean nothing. Absolutely nothing when THE LIST is released and four girls are crowned as being gorgeous and four others are ostracized and deemed the pinnacle of ugly at their high school.

    Vivian’s take on such a cruel act is told with realistic voices and saddening honesty. It’s in human nature to feel pain, but it should not be human nature to inflict it upon others…but it seems that it is. High school can be beyond cruel and The List highlights how superficial and judgmental it can be. Vivian presents readers with eight girls and eight different perspectives, so, while quite an ambitious undertaking, it does fall short at times.

    It’s impossible to adequately flesh out eight main characters in 300 pages, so I was okay with some characters sticking out more than others. I even felt a connection to some of them, but I wish there was more to the plot. I also wish the adult characters had more of a role in the entire situation; especially the principal who was involved from the moment the list went up. Instead, she has a couple of scenes with some stern glares and empty threats.

    Despite all that, The List is still a quick read that shows how hard high school life can be and how objectified women, no girls, can be. The ending is a bit abrupt and leaves so many loose ends, but I still enjoyed the overall story. The ugly girls, the pretty girls, the popular girls, they all have something in common: they’re insecure, they’re self-conscious, and they want to be accepted even when they pretend they don’t. It’s a universal story that all young women can relate to.

    40 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Good book but absolutely horrible ending. I loved this book righ

    Good book but absolutely horrible ending. I loved this book right up until the last paged. It ended abruptly and incomplete. Prepared to be left disappointed, confused, and irritated.

    29 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    A little confusing but otherwise a fabulous book

    I just read it and it was good but he end was alittle confusing it is a good book but to many different people some times i got really confused on who was who cuz theres 8 different piont of views i had to keep going back and look at the picture of the list to see who was talking but other wise it was a great so you should read it even though there is no sample

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    This is an amazing read. The ending seemed like it could be left

    This is an amazing read. The ending seemed like it could be left open for a sequel. If it was I'd most defiantly would buy it!

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    As a high school girl I connected to this book so much. It doesn

    As a high school girl I connected to this book so much. It doesn't matter if your the popular cheerleader or the nerdy bookworm, everyone will relate to this book. High school can be a horrible place and this book showed it. I especially liked how eating disorders were precieved in the book. The author really got into the heart and soul of a girl who just wanted to be skinny. Not that she already wasn't.Everyone girl will relate to this book and will find something they love about it. If anything the ending was a bit adrupt and left me a little dissapointed but, I highly recommend this book to any teenage girl out there.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Yes!

    This is one of my favorite books ever!!!!! I really recomend it to people that like gossip!!!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Pretty Good

    This book was really good, but then I got to the last page. It was just ended. I felt that the story was incomplete. However, it was left open to a sequel. I really hope there is a sequel, but if there is not one, I will feel like I just wasted my time. This book is also a little confusing. I had to keep going back and looking at the picture of the list. Overall, this book was OK and a good read. I would reccomend this for 12-16 year old girls.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT

    Hahaha they all die!!!!!!!!hehe just kidding just kidding calm down and get a new pair of pants tehehehehe:P

    8 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    great read!!!!

    I couldn't put the book down. Several pov's so you were defenitly never bored. A lot of people commented on the ending negativly but I found it perfect, it really showed the deeper meaning of the book. Does have heavy language andsome innapropriate refrences so you'll have to be the judge if you can handle that. But overall fantastic, impossible to put down. Buy this book you won't regret it!!!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    The moment I saw this book at a bookstore I can't stop reading i

    The moment I saw this book at a bookstore I can't stop reading it. A must read!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    ?

    There is no sample...

    5 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    All the characters were not every interesting. This book was fil

    All the characters were not every interesting. This book was filled with superficial causes and too many plots going on one book. It was confusing at times. 

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Ok

    I guess it's good for a shallow, teeny-bopper book, but it's not for me. My better instincts told me that I wouldn't like it, but I went against them anyway. I got through it really fast, but I found the characters pretty superficial and one-dimensional. Also, I feel that the book was too limited in the time frame and not limited enough in the amount of points of view to get enough development. The thing I probably hated most is that the book's main focus is beauty and ugliness, and there is almost no physical description on any of the characters besides hair color! My favorite part was the quote by Henry David Thoreau before the story even started: "The perception of beauty is a moral test."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Really good book! Cant put it down!

    Really good book! Cant put it down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Umm ending.

    The ending is very abroubt and when i was on the last page....i didnt realize it was the last page...
    I think there should be a sequel

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Best book

    Oh i forgot to put in my other review that........... THERE BETTER BE A SEQUEL(i think its called that) BECAUSE I WAS VERY SAD WHEN THIS BOOK ENDED BECSUSE I WAS HOPING FOR more and sorry for caps..... read it you wont regret it!!! :)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Amazing!

    Totally thrilling, didn't see that ending coming! <3

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Awesome book!!

    I LOVE it!!!
    Best book ever.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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