Pretenders, by Lisi Harrison

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Pretenders (Pretenders #1), by Lisi Harrison

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Chick-lit, Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

Book #: 1

Publication: May 13, 2014, by Poppy

Format: Paperback

Goodreads Summary: 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.


  Is it possible to say that this is Lisi Harrison's worst book and I didn't enjoy it that much? Yes, you got it Massie Block. 
   After becoming obsessed with Lisi's Clique series and finishing it many years ago when the final book was released, I was very sad. The Clique was an amazing series and it was one of the first series/books that brought me into the YA Fiction world, and look at where I am today. 

    But it's already been many years, and I've been waiting for something else by Lisi Harrison. Then boom Pretenders comes out but I was afraid to see what would come out from it. The summary didn't really sound captivating and it was somewhat childish. 

    When you compare an adult book to this, you just want to laugh. This is nothing, and I definitely see that this should be released as a 9-12 years old fiction book. It's very light and immature and if you're looking for a hardcore gorgeous romance contemporary, just run away from this book. But I still overall recommend it. It wasn't absolutely horrible or unbearable to read. It was just... okay. 

      In an English class, everyone is assigned a journal. A journal where five freshman students will be spending time writing about their daily lives and secrets and hopes and dreams. But then, their hopes and dreams are revealed to everyone, and no one's safe from keeping secrets.

      This book was somewhat a much dumber crazier but less hectic version of The Clique. It focuses on the same concepts and drama and I just felt that there was a Massie everywhere, and her ghost. LOL. Am I weird? Okay, but they did make Massie references which fans will definitely understand and catch all throughout this book.

        My main dilemma with this book was that I didn't catch any moral and uniqueness than from any other contemporary books. It was just so bland and plain and we all saw what was coming. I won't say that I was extremely bored, because I obviously wasn't, but what was the meaning of this? I seriously have to call a philosopher and tell them to read this book and tell me.

         Close your eyes. (Obviously you won't and can't cause you need to read this.) But picture two guys and five girls writing about their love lives and problems in a journal. Doesn't that sound cheesy? I know right. I was dumb for picking this up, though. Just because your favourite author has written a new book, doesn't mean that you should pick the book up. Just look at Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races!

          The characters in this book were okay, I have to admit that. I all loved and enjoyed reading their POVs equally, and they all had different wacky personalities which really brightened up the book. Everyone had something different and cute about them!

           Here was what the romance was like:


            THERE WAS NO ROMANCE WHATSOEVER. Sure there was some flirting and maybe a few kisses here and there, but I'm very surprised because this is written by The Lisi Harrison- master of making girls' hearts squirm. And this is just another reason why this book was so immature and weird.                                                                           

             This whole book didn't really have any events. We were on a hill to the top the whole time, and then in the end, it just ended where everything just began, if you know what I mean. This is very horrible to do to the reader, but I made it. 

              Although I completely recommend it to someone who doesn't really want a plot, I don't think I'll be interested in reading the sequel and the rest of this series.

-Disappointing, coming from Lisi Harrison.
-I wasn't particularly bored, but I didn't see no meaning or moral.
-I liked the characters.

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