The List by Siobhan Vivian

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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.

About Siobhan Vivian

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Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a “powerful, involving exploration of teen girls’ identities and relationships,” Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at
Published April 1, 2012 by Push. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The list confers instant status, transforming formerly home-schooled sophomore Lauren from geeky to hot while consigning her counterpart, pretty-but-mean Candace, to pariah.

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The eponymous list, which mysteriously appears on the walls of Mount Washington High each year before homecoming, has the power to lift or break the spirits of eight female students: on it are the names of the “prettiest” and the “ugliest” girl in each grade.

Feb 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The List


This list is eagerly awaited each fall because it lists the prettiest girl and the ugliest girl in each of the four high school classes: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Portland Book Review

Vivian reveals that there is a world behind each of the list’s cavalierly listed names: a strained relationship between sisters, an eating disorder, a popular girl with no real friends, lost virginity, emotional breakdowns.

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WAPL Teens

The last Monday in September the list is released with the prettiest and the ugliest girl from each class listed, and the official school seal stolen long ago makes it all official.

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