Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pretenders (Pretenders #1) by Lisi Harrison

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
 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.

Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

Pretenders(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley.)
5 teenagers, 5 diaries, what will happen?

Unfortunately, this book was just boring.

The characters –
*Lily – certifiable (due to delusions). Originally told us she was 5-months pregnant with triplets, not sure if this was true, but if it was, why was she still going after other guys?
*Vanessa – certifiable (due to inability to deal with reality). Totally focused on school, achievements, and grades. Also totally in denial about the state of her parent’s marriage.
*Sheridan – certifiable (due to delusions of grandeur). Pretends her entire life is a movie scene, where she is a famous actress. Even when her life is nothing like a movie.
*Duffy – Lacks intelligence. Who is stupid enough to accept dodgy clothes off a dodgy bloke, and $2500, with a promise to sell said dodgy clothes to friends? Yes, Duffy.
*Jagger – certifiable (due to inability to come to terms with certain life events). Jagger seems to be having issues coming to terms with the fact that his parents are in jail, and probably shouldn’t spend so much time alone.

The storyline in this was just pitiful. There was the stupid storyline with Duffy, who was stupid enough to get himself involved with some crook, but as for other storylines I didn’t really find any.
This whole book was nothing more than 5 teenagers moaning, and moaning, and making stuff up, and making stupid decisions, and moaning some more. Ick. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the story didn’t even end. We got left with multiple cliff-hangers, and although I was pleased when the end appeared at 93% (yay! I don’t have to read any more!) Why wasn’t more resolved?! What was in the darn suitcase that Duffy found on his doorstep and called the police about?! Is Lily really pregnant?!
Overall; dull, filled with teenagers moaning, and had multiple cliff-hangers. Save me!
3 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, one of the lowest ratings I have seen you give.