Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review | Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

Review | Pretenders by Lisi Harrison" class="ubb-image alignleft">Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
Published by Poppy on 10-01-2013
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
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Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.

The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries...

I am leaking these because I'm tired and I know you are too. The success bar is too high and pretending has become the only way to reach it. Instagrams are filtered, Facebook profiles are embellished, photos are shopped, reality TV is scripted, body parts get upgraded like software, and even professional athletes are cheating. The things we believe in aren't real.We are pretenders.

I received an ebook copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

PicMonkey CollageThe description of this book is what captured my attention. Especially when it involved a popular group of high schoolers and their big secrets being revealed by the release of their private journals. That just screams that something outrageous is bound to happen. Pretenders is the first in a new series by Lisi Harrison and one that is destined to have a few surprises.

To be honest, I struggled with this book. I usually enjoy books with multiple POVs, but for some reason, I struggled with that in Pretenders. Each character is so unique, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but for me, I struggled to follow along and really understand what was happening. And once I finally got into the rhythm of the story, it suddenly ended. Talk about a cliff hanger! I don’t handle cliff-hangers very well, so of course I am curious as to what happens and will have to read the next book to find out. I hope that maybe the second book is able to hold my attention more so than this one did. Like I said, I really enjoy books with multiple POVs, so I am hoping that as these characters continue to grow and develop, I am able to understand them more and get to know them. For me, as a reader, I really like to make a connection, big or small, with the characters of the book I am reading and I hate that I wasn’t able to really make that connection with this book.

With that being said, Pretenders isn’t terrible. I do think it’s well written and each character is unique and have their own distinct voice. It just wasn’t the book that really held onto my attention and left me really anxious for more. If left me curious that’s for sure, but I wasn’t holding onto the story a day or two after I finished it. Hopefully the sequel will answer a few questions and really give me that something extra I was hoping for in the first.

Overall, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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One Response to “Review | Pretenders by Lisi Harrison”

  1. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)

    I didn’t LOVE this book, but I liked it a lot. I thought it was just something fun and silly to read. A nice break from the super deep, depressing stuff I normally read. I liked the journal format and Sheridan was my favorite character. I also liked that all the secrets weren’t super crazy over-the-top unbelievable (except for maybe the whole wearing outrageous clothing to start trends for a company… that was a little out there). Sometimes problems in books can get a little ridiculous and I found these ones pretty tame. But I definitely think this is better for a younger crowd… like late middle school/early high school. Great review… I hope you read book 2!
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