Series: Pretenders #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Poppy on October 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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It takes place at a high school in New Jersey. Summer is over. Sophomore year begins tomorrow. Outfits are being planned. Lunch buddies are being secured. Texts are flying. All seems normal when…ping! Everyone in the sophomore class gets an email.
SUBJECT: The Phoenix Five: License To Spill.
Attached is a mega document.
A letter from a mysterious student starts the book. It explains that at the end of each year the school yearbook- The Phoenix- names the five most outstanding freshman. She (or he) always suspected that last years’ five (3 girls, 2 boys) were phonies. She (or he) always thought they tried too hard to be popular. But she (or he) never had the proof. Until now. She (or he) stole the secret diaries they were asked to keep by their English teacher. She (or he) has compiled them into a book.
This is that book.
When I first read the blurb I was super excited! I love the premise of mystery and High School Gossip. Sounds a little like Gossip Girl. I mean the usual High School madness and Teens who struggle to fit it.
Four Kids – Four POV’s – Four very different Characters
The story is told in Journal style from 4 different Teens who just started High School, and each of them is struggling with their own issues. We have a girl who desperately wants to keep good grades to keep her family together. We have a kid who was homeschooled before and now finally wants “normal”. We have the typical Queen Bee Wannabee and a boy is a typical golden boy, but with his own family problems no one knows about!
Mixing all these different characters and letting them tell their story in their own voice seems smart, however didn’t manage to win me over. I struggled already a lot in the beginning, it was super slow and hard to get into. One reason definitely were the too many POV’s
Over stylized Character
The whole story felt more like a Satire and the characters were definitely way overdone and felt over stylized. This can work and be lots of fun, but finally didn’t get me to connect to the characters. Sadly, I didn’t like most the kids. From the 4 Characters, Duffy (the Golden Boy) was okish and Lily was cute was way (way way) too naive.
And I guess you all know it, that connecting to the characters is a key point in loving a book, or connecting to a story. Sadly, it wasn’t the case here.
Weird and abrupt Ending..
So basically, the characters were way too weird for me, did weird things and basically were the kind of Teens I#d like to read about. And then the ending… super abrupt ending and not a typical cliffhanger, it felt more as if the story was just cut there to get a sequel. I was actually trying to turn pages in order to see if I was missing something. Sadly there wasn’t anything. The ending even left me angry, as there was not a single thing resolved and everything in this book just leads up to the sequel
Sadly, Pretenders by Lisi Harrison comes with a weird character mix and way too many POV’s. The stories were all overdone and characters over stylized.
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