A new review! I am so sorry about how long it's been since my last review, but my schedule has become increasingly hectic as I try to balance my life. I am constantly jealous how book characters can create equality with such grace. Anyways, on to the review. This review is going to be in a different format, for the sake of change.
The List is a modern story about a list stating the ugliest and prettiest girls, in each grade, at a public school. It is made and distributed five days before the homecoming dance, and is a school tradition kept for years. The story goes on to explain how the eight girls on the list are changed because of this new judgement. Each chapter revolves around a certain girl, and describes the few days in between the release of the list and the homecoming dance. The book ends explaining each girl's take on that one night.
I thought the plot was a bit bland. Yes, the story did include very realistic circumstances, but in doing so there was no grand climax that left the reader gasping. Don't get me wrong, I am all for realism, but if the author's point was to stun the reader I don't think she executed that quite properly. And although each girl experienced many problems and dealt with inner conflicts, the story ended up being bland and a bit rushed. Also, the overall suspense was very lacking. Not to mention the ending was quite disjunct.
I found the characters to be relatable and intriguing. Their dialogue was very appropriate, as was their attitudes towards certain things. The development was done very well for most of the characters, and by the end the reader was very attached. The only problem I had was with Jennifer and Margo, the two senior girls. I found their decisions and actions distant and random, with conviction that went unexplained. Also, I think the author gave the girls the wrong kind of behavior to properly express the purpose of The List. If the personalities were to be switched, I may enjoy the two girls much more.
The List had a good message towards teenage girls. The characters were relatable and, most of all, believable. However, the proper execution of plot was amateur and I did not enjoy the strange connection of the girls' stories. All in all, it was an okay book with some nice components.