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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

Release Date - October 2013

Lisi Harrison
Poppy/Little Brown

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

A new year of high school is starting and for five misfit students, this means the first year of high school. There's Sheridan, a bit of a drama queen who gathers strength by acting like her favorite character. Lily who has been homeschooled for years and is now entering public school for the very first time. Duffy is an all-around athlete, but his home life isn't all you'd expect. Jagger's parents are on death row, so he's an emancipated minor, which makes the students envious, and he's also pretty mysterious. Vanessa's parents are heading for divorce, and she puts tremendous pressure on herself to excel.

Pretenders is told through a series of journal entries assigned by their English teacher. The story begins in the future with one of these freshman (now a member of the Phoenix 5) taking these private journals and sharing them with all, ten the origins of the journals and the teenagers' lives comes next.

I found Pretenders to be a little Gossip Girl-ish, but somehow the writing to me was more addicting. Gossip Girls tended to involve a lot of drinking, drugs, and even some sex, while these five teens have a slew of different issues that made them more intriguing.

This is the first part of a series. Like Gossip Girl, the story does come to a neat and tidy ending. There will be cliffhangers and many story lines are left open for the next book in the series. Look for License to Spill in June of 2014.

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