Review #46

The List by Siobhan Vivian was suprisingly good. Not because I didn’t expect greatness from her, but because it was shockingly true.

Wow. It’s sad to admit that high school is really like how she described it to be. We should be ashamed that we act that way, as if hair, makeup, clothes, noses, dress sizes, and boyfriends are all that matter. Vivian laid it all out for us, clear as day, and it’s almost too real to accept.

This book shows the good, the bad, and the ugly (literally) and dives into the lives of 8 very different high school girls of each grade level. It’s dramatic and fresh, but it’s also sad when you look back at it.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

 

Review #2

Same Difference.

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed after reading this for a second time. Wow… I mean WOW Siobhan Vivian. At first this story seemed bland yet mildly interesting, but this time I really soaked up the message. Not only that, I was able to almost perfectly line it up with things happening in my life. It’s sort of a scary experience when a random book seems to map out everything that is happening to you. I really relate to the character Emily and I had a long car ride after reading this book to think about some things I should probably apologize for. As it so happens, I also love art but I’m really inexperienced, just like Emily. I found myself falling for Yates; a sweet and charming character that had me rooting for him from the start, and I really pitied Fiona. Siobhan portrayed her as so confident, yet underneath all of her fierce attitude was an insecure girl who was scrambling for some talent that she knew she had. I loved it. This book seems ordinary at first glance, but it’s so insightful and incisive once you really stop to think about it. The ending, although it wasn’t sad, made me cry. Everything worked out and Emily started new. It was perfect. Thank you Siobhan Vivian for writing this novel! It deserves much more attention!

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

My second book for this summer is Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian. I read this last year and I loved it, so I’m reading it again (because that is just what I do).

(This image belongs to http://www.amazon.com/Same-Difference-Siobhan-Vivian/dp/054500408X)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake