Published by HarperTeen on June 16th 2015
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Don’t get mad, get even!
In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.
In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.
So I planned on only reading a couple pages of this, but it quickly turned into more and more. Before I knew it, it was nearly 2 A.M. and I had finished reading this incredible book. It was exactly the kind of book that I needed and I’m really blown away by Rachael Allen’s work here. I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this (okay, it just came out over the summer) but I’m grateful that I finally did. If strong female friendships, unique plots, and genuinely badass girls is something that you enjoy reading about in YA books, this one is for you. I truly can’t sing it’s praises enough!
Writing four POV’s is not an easy thing to do, but somehow Allen writes it in a way where you completely care about each girl. There wasn’t one character that I liked more than the others or wanted to see more of, they were all equally memorable and awesome. In the end, this book does have a strong message about feminism and girl power, but the message is very natural and never seems to be overpowering in anyway. I connected with Liv, Melanie Jane, Peyton, and Ana on some level throughout the story. I doubt I’m the only reader who will find that to be the case, these girls all feel real and authentic, they are MANY high school girls in the best way possible. I feel like to some extent, not all characters in YA feel like you or anyone that you knew back in high school. This is not the case with The Revenge Playbook, which is one of the many reasons why I love it so much.
In short, you’ll laugh, you may shed a tear or two, but the journey through this book is definitely a worthwhile one. Usually, I try to spend a paragraph or two in my reviews dedicated to the romance. In this case, there is romance going on, but with four main characters it can be difficult to fully expand on all of them. So I’m just going to say that a few of the girls in particular have adorable romances that will make your heart melt a little bit, Melanie Jane, I’m looking at you. As I’ve already said several times, this is a must read about rape culture, friendship, feminism, and obviously a little bit of revenge thrown in for good measure.
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