Monday, 27 February 2017

The List by Siobhan Vivian- Book Review

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Title- The List
Author- Siobhan Vivian
Pages - 335
Publisher - Harper Collins
Recommended for - Teens, Fiction, and Young Adult readers.
Rating - 4.0/5.0 stars.
Blurb - 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. 

Plot Review 
In a 335 paged book, Siobhan Vivian has tried her best to put light upon some serious issues prevailing in the society such as objectification of women, labelling of a person, insecurity and inferiority complex, the pressure of living upto expectations, the embarrassment of being bullied, and the stereotypes of beauty and fashion. Am I serious? Yeah. Although on one hand this all sounds too much, The author has done a very courageous attempt at achieving the perfect depiction and struggles of teens facing in their high school. 
However, at a few points I have felt that the author has taken too much on her plate, and here is why -
1) It is a delight to read a book written from 2 point of views. A 3 POV story begins to bother me. The List has 8 POVone-dimensional,he overdoing of characters actually adds negativity in the book as each of the characters have hardly five chapters to them. The characterisation, therefore, was expected to be only one-dimensional, however Vivian has very effectively built a good characterisation of about 5 of the girls. 
2) The Ending is Abrupt. You are left with a lot of questions and practically no answers so as to what happens with a few of the girls next as their fate remains unresolved.
Despite the complaints, I am hugely satisfied with the book and I would never mind re-reading it. The reason is Vivian's writing style. While the narrative gets kind of confusing, Vivian has a blessed writing style which has gone almost missing in today's fiction and teen books. I can term it as a good literature. Apart from teens, parents and teachers must also consider reading the book to understand the gravity of the situation that prevails in today's teens.
If you pick up the book with an expectation to read only mean things directed for the girls labelled as ugly, you are wrong. Even the girls tagged as pretty are in as much of social pressure as the ugly ones. This is just a signification of the fact that no matter which side of the coin falls for you, get ready for trouble. 
 Moral in Rupi Kaur's amazing words, The body is what you come into the world with. This Is the First home, and would be the last home. So love your body.
Fun Fact : I finished this book in just 4 hours. That's right. In a long time I haven't read such a compulsive read and maybe that's why I loved it so much!  At no point did I feel that I was having to push through.
You can buy the book here.
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