Vonny Be Twinkling! A SECOND STAR for The List!
Mega, mega, mega career milestone this morning. This is the first time I’ve ever received TWO stars for a book! I ran down to Nick’s Office and just did the most ridiculous happy dance in my nightgown.
Yes, it is 11:46AM and I am still in my nightgown.
I’m particularly thrilled because this book was, hands-down, the hardest creative endeavor I’ve ever attempted, both in style and because I chose to un-bury a lot of not-very-nice personal memories and experiences from my past. But that’s what it’s all about, right? Taking the bad stuff and making something good out of it.
AAAAAAAANYWAY! Here’s the text of the review! And a link, too!
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. In this insightful and provocative novel, Vivian (Not That Kind of Girl) explores the effects the list has on the most recently chosen girls. While some results—self-doubt, shame, pressure—are to be expected, some of the girls respond in surprising and unconventional ways. Rebellious sophomore Sarah takes her “ugliness” to a new level by refusing to bathe or change clothes. Senior Jennifer, deemed ugliest four years running, works her way into a circle of popular girls, a group led by “prettiest girl” Margo, who used to be her best friend. Offering a well-differentiated cast of complex characters and a thoughtful focus on femininity, sisterhood, relationships, eating disorders, and what it means to be singled out, Vivian proves that beauty and ugliness aren’t always a matter of appearance. Ages 13–18. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/2012