10 marzo 2014
Author: Lisi Harrison
Series: Pretenders #1
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Publication date: October 15, 2013
E-galley received through Netgalley for review
Three girls, two guys, five secret journals. At Noble High School, one of the most prestigious institutions for secondary education, Ms Silver gives the freshman class an assignment: they are to record their thoughts and feelings on a private journal throughout the whole year.
Five students are selected as the most popular, the most likely to succeed in the freshman class: they're nicknamed the Phoenix Five. One of them, however, decides to leak the journals in order to prove that they are all keeping secrets. The mysterious X-Phonie wants to show to the whole school that the most popular students are in fact pretenders. Through their journals, we are told the events that led to this decision.
The Phoenix Five are three girls and two guys. Sheridan wants to be an actress. Lily has finally persuaded her parents to let her attend school, after eight years of homeschooling. Vanessa is an overachiever who wants to make straight As in order to keep her family united. Duffy just wants to play basketball, but has to face his family's financial difficulties. Jagger is the most mysterious guy in school, and no one really knows much about him.
I thought this book was quite engaging and entertaining. The drama keeps piling up and the rhythm is fast and lively. Books like Pretenders are sort of a guilty pleasure for me. I like to gobble them up and then regret taking the time to read them, because they're usually the first in a series or end in a huge cliffhanger.
I enjoyed this book; it was an okay read. However, I wasn't too pleased with the abrupt ending. I don't think I will be reading the next book in the series.