Book Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian

I really wanted to love this book. I tried. Tried very hard but by the middle of the book i was seriously tired of listening to all those teenage dramas. I have no idea what didn’t work with this book. Whether it was me or the book but something was off and we simply didn’t click. (the book and me)

The List by Siobhan Vivian- Official Synopsis

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


The List by Siobhan Vivian- RWAT Take

The List by Siobhan VivianThe list has a pretty good theme. I loved how the author picked up the idea of one list and its effects to tell the psyche of teenagers and the small things that creates huge domino effects. To explain further let me briefly tell you the plot trying not to create spoilers. So the whole book is about a list that is posted anonymously. This List carries the names of both pretty and ugly girls of freshman, sophomore and senior years. Now everyone knows that this could only create chaos and is kind of cruel too. I loved the technique used by author to create the story as she runs the story by narrating how being on the list affects all of the six girls in the list. To an extent it was really amazing to see the chain of reaction but by the middle of the book, the lack lustre background stories or lack of movement started making it sluggish

This is the second book that i took upon on audiobook and thank god for that because i felt that the middle of the book had really slowed down with no particular action or reason and had not been for audio, i might have skipped the book. The pace of the book slowly starts crawling down and in a very morbid sort of way the book just goes on becoming more and more depressing.( Also the narrator of the audiobook didn’t help much as well).

I would also say that none of these characters were prepared enough to shoulder a theme so heavy because personally i felt that these characters were very superficial. The story for being so powerful, i didn’t think the characters and the backstories helped to create waves for the core story so maybe that is the reason why the book felt so monotone.


The List has an extremely powerful message in it if one has the patience to stick around. The pace is not helpful while reading the book because after a certain point it just starts drooping a bit. At times the characters stops making a solid point and each of them just comes on to the screen read their lines and then blurs out. No one and nothing stands out

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