Review: The Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

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I am torn: I loved 98% of this book, but the last 5 pages made me want to throw my Kindle across the room. I can appreciate a good cliffhanger, but FIVE cliffhangers was almost too much. Almost. Thing is – I care about the characters and want to know what happens to FIVE people I learned to love over the course of the book.

Perhaps if I had known that this was a serial series, and I would be left hanging (cough, cough FIVE TIMES, cough), it would have been less upsetting. So I am going to give YOU a heads up – there are FIVE original characters navigating the academic, social and extra-curricular waters of high school.

I loved getting to know Sheridan, Duffy, Jagger, Lily and Vanessa. Fresh storytelling (Chapters are actually private journal entries), original characters, humorous dialogue, realistic – yet unexpected – plots and twists, awesome interaction and overlapping of the players involved… I could not put the book down – until the last few pages. Then I wanted to throw the book away.

Just as soon as the momentum was in full swing, BAM! Dead stop. Want more? Wait 6 months. So like I said at the beginning – I’m torn.

4If teens can wait for the next installment, they will enjoy this book. I hope the “instant gratification generation” will care enough about the 5 characters to see what happens, even if it takes til June ’14.

*I received a free copy of The Pretenders from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.

Book Blurb:

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.

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