Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

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.

This story had me from the very first chapter.  It sucked me in right away and I just sat back and enjoyed every fun, funny, and playful word of it.  This was a cute book, yes, but it had depth, it had romance, it had bond building and friendship testing, and all sorts of good things that combined to just make a really great read.

The story is told from alternating points of view with each of the four girls... and there were present day parts and past day parts to it.  You would think it would be a confusing thing to read with so many points of view, and with the reader having to flash back and then forward throughout the story. Not so! This author did a fabulous job keeping everything straight.  It wasn't confusing in the slightest.

While there was romance in this story... just enough to keep me very satisfied, my favorite part of the book was the relationship building between the four main female characters.  They were each so different, but they came together so well to complete this little revenge plot. I loved watching their interactions, their funny dialogue, and their actions as they worked through their revenge.  I wish I could say more about the revenge plot, but I really don't want to ruin it for anyone. It's meant to be read on its own and for you to discover it for yourself.

The writing was wonderful, fast-paced, the dialogue snapping and sparkling between these characters,  because they were each so well crafted.  You get to the end and discover there are some really great themes in here.  I loved this book.  A perfect summer read, but just a great read altogether.

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