LISTENER

Sarah Thomas

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  • The List

  • By: Siobhan Vivian
  • Narrated by: Madeline Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 19

It happens every September - the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each year. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest. The girls who aren't picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are become the centre of attention, and each reacts differently to the experience. With The List, Siobhan Vivian deftly takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of identity, self-esteem, and the judgments of their peers. Prettiest or ugliest, once you're on the list, you'll never be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dragged. Disappointing.

  • By Suzanne on 07-03-17

Incredible

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-17

I loved this book- It's unique ideas grip you and never let you go throughout. I loved the easy to read style of writing and the different points of view. It makes you think of the pressures on a 'popular' teenage girl- being a teenage girl myself. I especially loved - to my surprise- the readers voice. Almost therapeutic, it eased my worries and calmed me. Very good read- I listened to this whole book in a long weekend... utterly gripped, obsessed even.

The one thing that did not satisfy me was the ending- IT WAS TERRIBLE!!! I mean, it left billions of questions unanswered and leaves the reader desperately hopping their would be another book, but no. I am heavily depressed. It makes you question why you read the book in the first place if it was for THAT!

Other than that slight critique .... incredible book and even though the ending is an utter cliff hanger, it is a good read and is definitely worth it.