Pretenders (Pretenders Series #1)

Pretenders (Pretenders Series #1)

by Lisi Harrison
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Pretenders 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lmcc67 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Homeschooled Lily Bader-Huffman convinces her parents to let her go to high school when her best (and gay) friend is sent. Lily’s parents agree, provided she maintains her A+ average. This wouldn’t be a problem, except Lily is besotted with Andrew Duffy, a basketball phenom destined to make varsity as a freshman. But Duffy has his own crosses to bear, and Lily’s appearance in his life registers nary a blip. It’s a good thing she has Vanessa Riley, a gorgeous Vanessa Williams-esque girl whose beauty is only exceeded by her brains. Vanessa’s family is falling apart, and she feels the only thing that can keep them together is her report card.  I really liked how seamless each journal entry connected to the one before and the one after. I think this is the most drama-ridden book I've read in a very long time. But that drama is what makes PRETENDERS so great. There is so much high school hi jinx that it kept me wanting to know what could possibly happen next. And I can say that anything you can imagine happening to a high schooler, does and probably will happen in the future.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three girls, two guys, and five secret journals. The start of freshman year is here for Sheridan Spencer, Andrew Duffy, Lily Bader-Huffman, Vanessa Riley, and Jagger. Sheridan: used to being popular and talented. She channels different celebrities for confidence, and trusts them to make her look fab, flawless, and gorgeous. But will Sheridan's life starts going wonky, will she find out that yourself can be the best persona? Andrew Duffy: the poor basketball star. Sick of his sisters and his family's money problems, "Duffy" relies on basketball. When he finds out the thefee to be on the team is outrageous, he is desperate for a way to get money. Little, does he know that his attempts to get cash end up getting him two girls that have crushes on him. Lily, his used-to-be-homeschooled nieghbor who collects (steals) his stuff that he touches, and Sheridan who can't find her own personality. How's a boy with gold sneakers supposed to pull this off? Lily Bader-Huffman: made a deal with her mom: straight A's at Noble High, or it's back to being homeschooled (aka a Homie). When grades start to slip, what desperate measure will she resort to? And will she get caught? Vanessa Riley: pretty, and a A+ student... until her grades, as well as her new friend Lily's start slipping. Her parents fight constantly and she worries a lot. Her brother AJ can't get his act together, but whe he does, it falls through. Can Vanessa try to get her life, Lily's life, and AJ's life together and still have energy to have hope on the parental front? Jagger: he's been the tough boy ever since his parents got landed in jail for helping someone, and he's determind to keep that steel solid front up at his high school. But when he meets Audri, Sheridan's best friend, will he be able to? And will Jagger learn that maybe he dies have feelings, after all? Three cheers for another outstanding book by Lisi Harrison. When I started reading this book, I had my clear favorites for the journal entries. By the end, all the stories were twisted and tangles and combined. I really got into the five's stories and really felt each of their feelings. Some parts made me laugh, and some made me almost cry. It was written in the voice of a teenager, and was an outstnading read. My only complaint? The total cliffhanger at the end. Please, please, PLEASE publish the second book ASAP, Lisi!! I just can't wait! I'd recommend this book to all teenagers and older tweens. Five stars out of five!! ~X-PHONIE (X for short, it's cooler) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisi Harrison was able to string together journal entries filled with emotion, uncertainty, and confusion into a book of perfection. She was able to fully encompass the essence of loneliness that comes with growing up and the reality of the situations can tear down any young teen's heart. When Sheridan is given exercise tips from her own mother instead of a comforting hug, that tore at my heartstrings because I knew exactly how she felt. It certainly seems like parents do not understand the fragility of being a teenager. Lisi has certainly outdone herself in this new series and I applaud her for taking a unique and creative route to exploring this five precocious teens. Some people criticize the characters for being too stereotypical, however I beg to differ. That is merely our initial reactions to them as human beings. It is human nature to judge, isn't it? Like when we see a drop dead gorgeous girl who seems to be able to juggle perfect grades, boys, and awards, we label her as an overachiever. Or when we see an attractive jock who can't seem to notice all of the girls drooling over him- we just assume that he's stupid. Yet as you go further into the book, you find that there is so much depth to all of them. Experience Vanessa's daily exhaustion, anxiety, and lack of parental love as she struggles to gain attention using her grades that she had to cheat to get. Place yourself in the shoes of Duffy as he schemes his way into a job that will be able to pay for his expensive ambition since his parents have gone broke. Yearn for a boy hopelessly out of your league and dream of being a normal teenager like quirky Lilly or become curious over the mysterious Jagger and his suspicious life story. Take a breath and open up a book that will transport you back to the hallway of high school. Cuddling under my warm blanket, I found Pretenders to be a therapeutic, chicken soup book that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The book was skillfully written in a way where you could truly feel the pitter patter of the rain as it was coming down on Sheridan's car as she left Theater auditions or smell the exotic French food cooking in the kitchen as Lily came home after leaving Style Club. This is certainly a wonderful book to read over and over again and the feelings you experience when reading it will stick with you for a long time. Take a moment then open up the book to enjoy the splendors that come with growing up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this book was amazing. I finished it in hours, but the one problem I had with the book was the ending....I want to know what happens to the characters it just ended like that I have to say thought I would recomend this book to anyone and I can't wait untill the secomd one comes out on june 24!!!!!!!! So excited
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisi needs to write the second book! I read this back when it came out and it just left me there! The summary doesnt have anything to do with the book. It doesnt even get to the part where they are nominated for the 5. Not the best, but still loved it. But please write the second book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out bad and finished worse.....save ur time and hard earned money and dont read this book. To be honest i didnt get through 50 pages of the book before i lost all interst. So save ur money and look into another book. And yes im one of those book nerds that reads 24/7.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
English class at Noble High will never be the same for students, and for five students their lives are really about to change. For three girls and two guys, these confessionals that they begin to write in the notebooks their English teacher has given out truly begin to change their lives. Students were asked to write in special notebooks, that have a lock and will not be read by anyone other than the student, are supposed to expand each students mind. To let them write freely about what they feel, think or do throughout the school year. The teacher has advised that no one will ever read the notebook, hense the lock on each notebook, and the only grade the students will get is for completely filling the notebook, once again the teacher will not read the book, will simply flip through it to check for completion only. Many of the students think that this is a dumb idea, but some think that this is a wonderful idea and embrace the new writing freedom they have been given. But the secrets that these books possess for these five students will change their lives and the lives of many others. Each person pretends to be someone they are not in the eyes of their peers, but behind closed doors, or in this case, behind the closed covers of a notebook the layers are shed and truths are revealed. Will they remain behind the covers or will someone expose the real truths? This is an amazing book. I liked the different characters in the book and the fact that each character had a very different style of writing and way of looking at their lives. Gripping, but it just cut off at the end of the book, right in the middle of things getting really really good. Good call on the part of the author, keeps the readers wanting more, but not good for the reader who wants more and will have to wait till the next book comes out.
ElaineReads More than 1 year ago
I don’t even know where to start. There are so many things I didn’t like about this book that it’s hard to pick one. Let me say first: the book is YA. I can see the appeal to teenage girls and if I was still a high school librarian, I would probably add it to the collection. However, personally, I had a hard time finishing it. Now, why don’t I like it. It’s written in first person which I generally don’t like. Not only is it first person, it is first person from multiple viewpoints. Five to be exact. I never was able to keep everyone straight. I was waffling between giving it a two or three-stars until I got to the end. It has a cliffhanger ending which I ALWAYS hate. Two-stars it is. Anyway, as an adult reading this book, I can appreciate the idea that people hide things from others. Whether it is to impress or to stay unnoticed, people rarely if ever tell the truth about themselves. In this book, which is supposed to be a compilation of five students’ private journals, all those truths come out. And that is the one thing I like about it. I like the idea that teenage readers (and yes, I am talking primarily about the girls) will see that everyone has something to hide. No one’s life is perfect no matter how it looks on the outside. So, yes, I would put this in a school library, but I am not in the least tempted to read the sequel even though there was a cliffhanger ending. This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book because of the amount of mystery just on the first page is so amazing.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Pretenders by Lisi Harrison Teen age anxs has not changed over they years, the mediums are what have. Lisi Harrison for a while was one of the authors my daughter read serially, going through all her books all her books from the library for months. But when she read this book she was not interested in giving her opinion. Having read the book i can see points that could be used in a classroom to teach children. as an introduction to writing journals and having self expression but i found the over lapping characters as hard to follow as it was for my daughter. The events in the story would also be good for teaching about peer pressure, teenage mistakes, and corporate greed. I wonder if the diaries were collected together and not interspersed would have made it an easier read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know what yall haters are talking about but i read the book and it was great.it had five diffeent people with their own stories but at one point or another their stories join meet or cross. The ending makes you wonder whats going to happen now that things are getting serious and exciting and you have to read the next book and try ti find out who put the journals in the wide open. I loved it. Its a must read
HeyitsAbby More than 1 year ago
At first the book was slow and boring...Then i really started to like it...But the end was a TOTAL cliffhanger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Lisi Harrison's books but this is definitely the worst. It was confusing from the first page and it was boring. There was not even a point to the story. I am usually pretty nice and positive during book reviews, but tbh this book completely sucked, and there was nothing good or interesting about it. Save your money. Please.
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Hhaa i didnt rrad it haha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much and I could not put it down once I started it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.