The List by Siobhan Vivan is another contemporary young adult novel -- but a really well-done one.
year, on the last Monday of September, The List is posted at Mt.
Washington High. Nobody knows who writes the List. It's stamped with an
old school seal stolen from the principal's office years ago, and it
lists the prettiest and ugliest girls in each class. Appearing on the
list means recognition and notoriety for eight girls, but it's not
always the blessing -- or curse -- one might expect.
follows those eight girls through one week -- the week the List is
posted; the week before Homecoming. Vivan does a fairly good job of
differentiating the characters. Some are more fully explored than
others, but each girl's story is an interesting exploration of beauty
and the perception of beauty. As the stories weave together, the reader
can't help but wonder: who wrote the List?
I was impressed with
the characterization, as I have mentioned, as well as the way the author
managed to bring closure to so many stories, without giving in to the
temptation to give each one a pat ending. Recommended!
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)