The List – Siobhan Vivian

A frustrating book – it leaves so many of the ends loose: what happens to Bridget? Does Margo get the stamp and end future lists? Does Lauren’s mum ever chill out? Does Abbie make up her grade? Did Sarah and Milo ever make it to the dance or get together? Does he ever realise that talking about Annie all the time is tactless? I guess this was done deliberately but I don’t think it works in this case – it made a lot of the build up seem pointless – nothing is resolved! It kept my interest and the writing was above par for the genre – but there are few too many similarities to the film Mean Girls, particularly the home-schooled girl’s thread. Entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying.

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