Book: The List
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Rating: one star (out of four)
Release date: Apr. 1, 2012
Source: ALA 2012
This novel sounded intriguing, but I could not get into it. Vivian had a hefty slew of characters to juggle – 8 girls in various stages of life and all supposedly unique. Yikes. That’s a lot to handle and I can’t say it was handled well. I had trouble distinguishing between the 8 girls and usually had to flip back to remember who I was reading about. The narrative shifted depending on who was in the spotlight, but I found it confusing.
Another aspect I didn’t like was the general attitude and actions of the girls. I didn't see how realistically these things could happen and I was annoyed with most of the plot and circumstances regarding their social life. Sure some of their morals were off-kilter from mine, but I didn’t feel their actions or portrayals were realistic for THEIR characters in the story. I kept scoffing at their predicaments and mostly I just found the characters spoiled and obnoxious. And that’s not a good feeling to have. I don’t know if there was anygirl I actually liked. I thought the plot was ridiculous. I wanted the girls to grow up and move on – which seemed hard considering they were in such an unrealistic environment.
I didn’t like how the school reacted either and I wasn’t impressed with the other characters throughout the story. And when it finally got to the end and you saw how everything was tied together, I was just left with a sour taste in my mouth. I didn’t see the point for all that drama. I was disappointed because I had picked this up from ALA and the publisher had given a good pitch for it. But I was not impressed with the story or characters. Bummer. One thing I did like: the cover. It’s attention-grabbing and sophisticated. I’m sad the inside contents weren’t as likable.