Title: They All Fall Down
Author: Roxanne St. Clair
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
“I don’t want to fear life — I want to live it.”
Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed. All because of the list. Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her. This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes. If you’re on it this year? Your life ends. The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer? Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list…before her number’s up.
I have to say this was a cover buy for me. I still think the cover is awesome. However, this is on the lower end of the 3 star rating and just barely getting it from me.
I feel torn on this book. On the one hand, the book was fun and entertaining. On the other hand, most of the characters were idiots and the protagonist was extremely frustrating. This is a book when you must set aside your brain for awhile. I like that sometimes, I don’t always feel like sitting down and analyzing a book to death. This type of book is the kind that you have to just go with the flow and not get too wrapped up in the silliness of it all. However, I couldn’t look over one of the more cliche things I’ve read, which was “The Hottie List.” I think a little more creativity could’ve went into that one. We’ve seen this a million times in a million different ways, give us something original PLEASE. I mean, I would’ve rolled my eyes at that even at 12 years old. The ending wasn’t bad but I really wish they would’ve thrown a big twist in there. I wanted to be taken by surprise but that did not happen. The author took a really predictable route when she could’ve done something fun with it.
Our protagonist, Kenzie, was ok. I mean I very much doubt she’d be someone you’d remember reading about in a month’s time. She’s fairly bland and sometimes annoying but nothing life changing about her. I found her best friend Molly annoying as hell. I know she wasn’t supposed to be but I wanted to slap her – often! I would’ve been fine with the idea that a best friend didn’t want to get left behind, completely legitimate. However, one minute she was whiny and insecure and the next she was the best friend a girl could ever have. The consistences of her character could’ve driven me to drink. Ugh.
Yes, I realize I still ended up giving this three stars. Why? Well, I really like the character of Levi, I would’ve been more interested in his story actually. He wasn’t full developed but he was intriguing to me. There were times that there were enough red herrings that I wasn’t sure how it would end. I appreciate it when I don’t guess everything in the first 50 pages. It was obviously a play on the film Final Destinationand that is kind of fun. It was also a really fast paced read. I didn’t feel it dragged during the book, always nice.
Overall I’m not sure I could recommend this book, there is some serious sexism, a lot of cliches and some characters you will want to smack. Despite all this, I had fun with this hot mess of a book.