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About the Author
Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she's a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is also the author of 17 First Kisses.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- File size : 831 KB
- Publication date : June 16, 2015
- Publisher : HarperTeen (June 16, 2015)
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 373 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B00NVL6XXS
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,559 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love the concept of former enemies and strangers converging together for revenge, and each individual story of the girl's are interesting.
The ending is not surprising, yet it's satisfying and the dialogue and smaller heroes are very well done, yet the pacing is also up and down...and some of the conclusions are tied too neatly.
Still worth the read and my students will love love love this book of teenage scandal.
This is the kind of book that incorporates discussions of slut-shaming and sexual assault in among sleepovers and scheming, and I loved that so much. I loved that each of the four girls is dealing with their own issues regarding their families and sexualities--from poverty and slut-shaming in Liv's case, to remaining a virgin and struggling to live up to her mother's expectations in Melanie Jane's--and that those issues are all given equal importance. I loved that the ending establishes that there's still work to be done in terms of dismantling the pedestal that the football players are placed on. I loved that the friendships the girls formed were the backbone of the story, whether they were racing through ridiculous scavenger hunt challenges or supporting each other in school or just hanging out eating ice cream. The only real complaint I have is that I wanted more resolution regarding some of the girls' issues--what became of Peyton's family situation, for example, as well as whether Ana's friendship with Toby survived--but that's because I grew so attached to these characters that I couldn't stand the thought of any loose ends being left untied.
THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK feels like a novel written for the #MeToo era, but that's only because of how uncomfortably timely the issues it deals with are. If you haven't picked it up yet either, you need to remedy that ASAP.
RATE: 4,5 stars
"I'm over it," I say. "I really am. I'm not going to put up with it anymore."
Liv shakes her head. "What are you going to do? Move to another town?"
"No. I'm going to make them play. I don't know how yet, but I'll figure it out."
"We," says Liv. "We are going to make them pay."
The Revenge Playbook is one of my favorite summer reads of this year. It has everything: four girls that never thought they would be friends, boys that you want to punch in the face, football, revenge and a game.
In this book, Rachael Allen brings together four different girls: Melanie Jane, Ana, Peyton and Liv. Each character has her own story to tell, a boy who has mistreated her and a reason to get even. It wouldn't have been the same if we didn't read all four stories from the point of view of the character who needs to tell it. That's why the experience to get to know all four girls becomes even more exciting when you get to read from the four point of views.
What I liked is that all four girls were different, in personality and in their social lives. No matter those differences, they found a way to work together to get even with the boys that hurt them and in the process they became friends. It's amazing to see that transition and to see how the group supports everyone in it and help each other even with their darkest and painful secrets.
I was also happy to learn as I kept reading, that the girls were different from the first impression I got and I started to feel protective over them and my inner-mean-girl was yelling all the time to just punch all the guys in the face and start the well-deserved revenge as soon as possible.
The plot was nothing of the other world, we have seen lots of revenge books, movies and TV Shows (well, hello there Emily Thorne), but Rachael Allen had the ability to grab this idea, turn it up side down and make as have such fun you almost forget about the other stories. I liked that she kept bouncing from the now and before explaining the story in two different timelines: explaining what the girls were doing in the present time and justifying it in the past by explaining how it all came down to that exact moment. And if you're worried about being lost, don't be, because it's well-written and distributed so you don't miss a thing or so you don't feel confused.
What I would say, though, is that I was expecting a more mind-blowing ending than the actual one. It was all flat to me - no goosebumps or anything like that - and since I kept waiting for that exact moment where everything will "explode", I had big expectations. That's all.
As you might have guessed, my favorite moments of this story were when all four girls become friends and some funny moments and quotes come up, such as:
"It's the Cyrus-Swift Phenomenon," I say.
They look at me like I am a lunatic. "The what?"
"The Cyrus-Swift Phenomenon. Taylor Swift has had, like eighteen boyfriends, but everyone still thinks she's really classy because she's just so poised and sweet and appropiate-looking. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus was with the same guy for practically forever, and people are always calling her a slut. And I'm not saying we should be calling T.Swift a slut instead - even if you do date a lot of guys, you don't deserve that. What I'm saying is when it comes to popular opinion, it's all about the persona. And sweetie, I hate to be the one to tell you, but you're the Miley in this scenario."
Better not say anything about Tay-Tay, Melanie Jane. Back to the book, without us realizing it, Rachael brings poignant topics to the story that makes the reader think over it such as the Cyrus-Swift Phenomenon, about how boys should treat girls, respect, rape and other topics teens need to be aware of. You feel for the characters, frustrated, angry and even insulted. You bring all your girl power out and sympathize with Rachael's characters and it's not something easy to accomplish.
To sum it up a bit, Rachael did a great job and did it so well that the result was a sweet revenge, an unforgettable friendship and a story that YA lovers need to read this summer. Because this is a book that needs to be read by every girl and bring out their inner girl power, I highly recommend it and warn you that girls don't get mad, they get even.