Review: Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

Pretenders by Lisi Harrison

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.

I received Pretenders from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It wasn’t until I was already reading this book that I remembered a review I read about it several weeks ago. The blogger complained that there were too many main characters. The blogger was right. There are five main characters and each has a journal, which means there are five points of view.


Two POVs is enough. I don’t need, and can’t keep track of, five. I don’t even remember the fifth character’s name: there’s Lily, Vanessa, Duffy, Jagger, and ??????

I’ve read most of Harrison’s other books — the entire Clique series (and I saw the movie) and Alphas, although I wasn’t able to get into Monster High — so I’m familiar with her work. Pretenders even references The Clique.

I will channel Massie Block from that straight-to-DVD movie The Clique, and I will be ah-mazing.

Unfortunately, Pretenders went the way of Monster High for me. I couldn’t finish it. Although I normally love books written in journal form, hopping from one character’s journal to the next didn’t allow me care about any of the characters, which is surprising since there were several to choose from.




  1. I tried reading this, but I put it down, and I am not sure if I will go back to it yet. Five point of views was a lot to handle, and unlike some books {The Mother-Daughter Book Club comes to mind}, I just don’t think they were fully developed enough. Great review, though!
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