Siobhan Vivian has written a tremendous, truthful, and important novel in The List. Told from the rotating perspectives of all eight girls on the List, her characterization is so strong and brilliant. Each girl’s point of view is engaging and they all play off of each other wonderfully to help propel the plot while remaining very fluid. Rather than seeming disjointed, this style comes off as pretty cohesive. This is partly due to the fact that while readers do wonder about the List’s creator, the principal’s hunt for this person isn’t the main focus of the book. Instead, it’s about the very personal effects that being on the List has on each girl, and how it both negatively and positively affects the characters. Vivian did a magnificent job of balancing countless events, characters, and personalities, and she doesn’t let all of the action get in the way of diving into the heart of the emotions and feelings of every girl. In her straightforward, witty, and realistic voice, Vivian delivers an ironic ending that will leave a lasting impression. The List is an incredibly strong and important book.
Cover Comments: I like this cover! It's pretty and not too loud, but it captures the action and tone of the book quite well. The only thing I'd probably change is the title--it's a little small.
Review copy provided by publisher.