Title: Top 8
Author: Katie Finn
Genre: Young adult
How I got the book: I bought it
Summary (from Amazon):
Social networking sites are THE place to be for today’s teens — this fun, juicy novel explores the ups, downs, and scandals of a group of friends online!
Madison MacDonald is seriously freaking out
Everything in my life was working out. I had my three best friends, a brand-new boyfriend, and the lead in the school play. Aside from that history paper I hadn’t started, things felt perfect.
Then I returned from spring break to find my Friendverse profile hacked. Someone clearly out to ruin me had spilled the most damaging secrets – AND posted the worst photos of me ever taken – online.
My Review (may contain spoilers!):
I bought and read this book a long time ago when it first came out way back in 2008. I read it, I loved it. I thought it was a great book.
Rereading it all these years later and being 22-years-old, I’ve grown up. I’ve matured. The characters in this book have not.
The premise itself was good. Cyber bullying (and bullying in general) is a huge problem these days and Top 8 just takes that to a whole new level.
However, the characters in this book are immature, too wrapped up in themselves, and only care about boys. They’re in high school, so I guess that’s the age to be like that, but it was annoying more than anything else.
The protagonist, Madison, loses her boyfriend due to someone hacking her Friendverse profile. “She” breaks up with him over that. He doesn’t seem to care, but according to Madison she has to get him back because they have a “connection.” Which, she explains too many times in the book.
All too quickly, she meets another guy who is “kind of cute” and then turns out to be “pretty cute” and “hot.” Every single time Madison sees him or talks to him or talks about him, she mentions that he’s cute or hot or adorable. We get it. He’s good looking and it seems that all you care about in a guy is physical appearance. Never mind the fact that you and Justin have a connection, though. We’ll just move onto the next cute guy we see no problem.
Needless to say, reading this book for the second time didn’t really do much for me. The premise was good, but the characters didn’t do it justice.
Though, Madison did redeem herself in the end. So that’s why I gave the book a higher rating than I originally planned.
Top 8 by Katie Finn gets 4 out of 5 stars.
“The only way to get known in this business is to show people the weaknesses in their defenses so you can tell them how to build them up.” –Katie Finn, Top 8
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