Challenges: Contemporary Challenge, Standalone Challenge
An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.When I first heard what this book was about I knew right away that I had to read it. The idea was very intriguing and I loved the cover and I knew it was going to be special. This is the story of eight girls (two from each grade) who go to the same high school. Every year at this school two girls from each grade are chosen to be put on the list, one is named prettiest- one ugliest. Together these girls slowly come together to change this tradition and stop the list once and for all.
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.
This book is told in eight points of view, telling the stories of each of the girls throughout the story. When I first heard that there were so many narrators I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to keep up with each of the girls, but surprisingly I found it fairly easy after each character had been introduced. Each girl had something that they had to overcome in the story, weather it was a fight with a sister, or facing a friend you ditched years ago, or facing the fact that she has an eating disorder.
The plot revolves around the girls of the list overcoming their differences and battling issues in their own lives to find out who created the list and stop it once and for all. Overall I really enjoyed the story that was being told and how well it was written. The one thing I didn't like about the story was the ending. The end left a lot of issues un-faced and was left wide open. The end was very incomplete and I really wish some of the questions that were left had been answered.
Overall the story is very well written but the ending was very incomplete.