The Revenge Playbook – Rachael Allen

Synopsis

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. Don’t get mad, get even! 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. Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself.

Review

This one was pretty terrible. I felt like the main message was convoluted. If girl power was such a strong theme, then why undermine the bonds and friendships by making relationships such a huge part of the story? Maybe Allen is trying to show that not all men are evil, but I still felt some inherent biases coursing underneath the story. Also, all the voices sounded the same! None of them felt distinct. Is this supposed to be set in Conservative Middle America? It felt almost TOO MUCH too me. There’s no way a town could be so completely defensive of inexcusable behaviour. The internet exists??? We don’t live in a bubble?? Realistically, someone would put an end to this much injustice, and revenge is never the answer. Stop trying to justify vindictive behaviour. And definitely don’t go around celebrating it and commemorating it in a scrapbook! It was really difficult to suspend my disbelief to roll with the storyline. Unfortunate, because I was such a fan of Allen’s debut title!

Related Reading

  • The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi
  • The Best Night of your (Pathetic) Life – Tara Altebrando
  • Burn for Burn – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (much better)
  • Panic – Lauren Oliver

Rating: 1/5

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