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Harrison, Lisi (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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"Five high school freshmen--the Phoenix Five--reveal their friendships, crushes, school and family dramas, and big secrets, as told in their unique voices through journal entries"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Harrison, Lisi
Title: Pretenders
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 292 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Poppy."
Summary: "Five high school freshmen--the Phoenix Five--reveal their friendships, crushes, school and family dramas, and big secrets, as told in their unique voices through journal entries"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0316222445
Statement of Responsibility: by Lisi Harrison
Subject Headings: New Jersey Juvenile fiction. Families New Jersey Juvenile fiction. Dating (Social customs) Juvenile fiction. Friendship Juvenile fiction. Diaries Juvenile fiction. Schools Juvenile fiction. High schools Juvenile fiction. New Jersey Fiction. Family life New Jersey Fiction. Dating (Social customs) Fiction. Friendship Fiction. Diaries Fiction. Schools Fiction. High schools Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Families
Dating (Social customs)
High schools
Family life
Dating (Social customs)
High schools
LCCN: 2012048434
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May 07, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Boy, do I feel duped. This book pretends to be a standalone, for nowhere does it indicate it's the start of the series until the last sentence of the very short epilogue, "To be continued . . . " I was expecting some kind of resolution at the end of the book, when all we get is dramatic high of everything crumbling for the protagonists and a "To be continued . . . "
Of course, the fact that I care means I was wrapped up in the book and want to know what's going to happen next. It's a great premise: The private journals of the five students voted most outstanding in the freshman class at a highly competitive high school are being anonymously shared to expose the five as only pretending to be outstanding. The alternating journal entries take us back to the start of the school year and we follow each of the five through their journaled journeys. (Through mid-October, anyway.) We see their insecurities, inaccurate interpretations of interactions, and, gradually, secrets and lies as they each resort to different underhanded means to getting what they want, the last really only coming into play right as the drama builds at the end of the book.
I wasn't expecting a series-long commitment when I decided to read this, but now I've been sucked in and will keep reading to find out how each character earned his or her place as one of the "outstanding."

Apr 27, 2014
  • callmeprincess rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and the fact that every teenager has encountered cliques... Speaking of cliques, remember Massie Block? The alpha of the infamous clique from the "The Clique" series...And speaking of "The Clique", do you know that the author of that bestselling installment has created another novel? No I'm not talking "Alphas" or "Monster High", I'm talking about "Pretenders". The ultra new series that came out last October, and is it just as ah-mazing as Lisi Harrison's previous works? You bet it is. The secret journals of the elite members of Noble High, the Phoenix Five. The secret lives of these exclusive students that would shock the entire school... "The things we believe in aren’t real. Everyone is a pretender. The proof is in these pages. It’s time to rise from the ashes of deceit and accept our true selves. To rearrange the letters in Phoenix and become X-Phonies instead. "
The Phoenix Five are the top dogs at school. The five most outstanding freshman. The question is why are they "The Phoenix Five"? What makes they so special? Someone suspects they aren't what they seem to be. The book starts off with a mysterious letter from a student explaining that at the end of each school year, The Phoenix Five are chosen. Attached to the letter is something life-changing, particularly the lives of five students. It is the journals from each of the Phoenix five that they kept as an assignment from their English teacher the previous year! Journals that were never meant to be read or seen by anyone...Journals that are now in full display for every ones' eyes. Do The Phoenix Five really have it all together? We are about to find out. Sheridan is your typical blond drama queen. She's fashionable and chic, the total package for your every day popular girl. Problem is nothing seems to be going her way ever since entering high school. Duffy is the golden boy that every teen novel needs. He's good looking, the only freshman on the varsity basketball team, life is perfect... if he could keep his family's money problems hidden. Vanessa, the pretty over-achiever who's already applying for Harvard with Yale as backup plan. Believe it or not, she is perfect, or so she tells herself. With the pressure of staying on the top, plus the desires for a boy who's...Let's just say already taken, Vanessa has everything to lose if she's not careful. Jagger your all American bad boy with a dark past, and Lily the girl who's been homeschooled for all of her life until high school. The readers follow the journals of these five teens as they each tell their experiences in Noble High with their unique voices. I smell drama already.
As expected from Lisi Harrison, this novel is another hit for me. Before reading this novels I have long ago finished reading the entire series of "The Clique", "Alphas", and "Monster High", while "Pretenders" is a lot similar to her previous works, it lacks the originality that those series have. But overall it was enjoyable and all the five main characters were very likable. I couldn't pick my favorite one! It's called "Pretenders" because it contains the journals of five students whom appear to have it all, little did the rest know just how much was an act. This novel ended on an abrupt note, and I'm looking forward for the next book in this series! Pretending I'm not excited for the second one is impossible.

Does any one know what the second book is called?

Dec 27, 2013
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you love the Clique, then you will absolutely love this book. And if you haven't read any of Lisi's books, then this would be a great place to start! I loves this book, it was suspenseful, entertaining, and not very long at all. Be warned, the cliff-hanger at the ending is TERRIBLE. Very sudden, with no closure at all to any of the situations. Everything is left up to the next book. But the rest of the book is amazing! I am a huge fan of Lisi's, and so I adored the Clique references. Pick this one up, it'll be worth it!

haha funny!! can't wait for #2

Oct 15, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A most entertaining read!


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Dec 27, 2013
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