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Pretenders

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Pretenders

Who is spilling the darkest secrets of Noble High’s most popular students?

Every year, five outstanding freshmen at the prestigious Noble High are chosen as the “Phoenix Five.” But the school will soon find out that last year’s Phoenix Five are not as perfect as they pretended to be. One person decides to expose the real, and scandalous, identities of the Five by stealing their journals and distributing them to the entire school --- and that person is also one of the Five.

"PRETENDERS is a fun and engaging novel told entirely through the journal entries of five high school freshmen...The breezy journal entries are full of amusing pop culture references, snarky asides and the real insecurities that all teens face."

The journals were a part of an English class assignment and were supposed to be locked away, never to be read or even graded. But one of the Five stole them, and now everyone is reading the most honest admissions and controversial, not to mention illegal, actions of Sheridan, Lily, Vanessa, Jagger and Duffy. Who leaked the journals? And why would they reveal their own secrets as well as those of their classmates?

PRETENDERS is a fun and engaging novel told entirely through the journal entries of five high school freshmen. Harrison crafts a unique voice and writing style for each of her characters, making them come to life and stand out in their own way. Every reader will be able to relate to at least one of the Five’s signature identities, whether it be dramatic and stylish Sheridan, formerly home-schooled and socially awkward Lily, overachiever Vanessa, loner Jagger or all-star athlete Duffy.

The breezy journal entries are full of amusing pop culture references, snarky asides and the real insecurities that all teens face. PRETENDERS will leave readers anxiously awaiting the sequel to find out who leaked the journals and how the Five will resolve the messes they have made in their attempts to be perfect.

Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe on October 23, 2013

Pretenders
by Lisi Harrison

  • Publication Date: October 15, 2013
  • Genres: Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • ISBN-10: 0316222445
  • ISBN-13: 9780316222440