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“The perception of beauty is a moral test”
– Henry David Thoreau –
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
For as long as anyone can remember, the students of Mount Washington High have arrived at school on the last Monday in Spetember to find a list naming the prettiest and the ugliest girl in each grade.
This year will be no different.
I will be honest, I had a hard time reading it, I just kept soldiering on because I wanted to know a) who wrote the list; b) how it ended;
To a) I got an answer, and it’s a suprising one, even though I really think the reasons behind the whys are really really really idiotic.
b) I’d say was a massive FAIL, because there simply was NO ENDING! And oh! how I hate that!
Sometimes I get the feeling that some authors just stop caring about their novels and quit mid-air thinking that nobody’ll notice the state of unresolved closure.
The List is a prime example, since it follows those eight girls over the course of one week, yet somehow abruptly ends with the coronations of the homecoming queen, like that’s the most important thing the book tries to point out.
It could have been a profound and thoughtful read, but since it only barely touches very important issues and only lazily skimms the surface, I don’t feel bad at all with doing the same thing and describing The List as mediocre and call it quits with this review.