The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Format: ARC, 368 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
It’s been awhile since I picked up a YA title and I picked this one off my shelf on a whim over the weekend. I picked a good title to start back into YA with. I really enjoyed this story.
Upon first picking up this book, I expected a cute, lighthearted read that didn’t get to serious. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Rachael found a way to tackle the hard-hitting topics of rape culture, slut-shaming and preferential treatment of athletes, but without making it too overwhelming or preachy. I also loved how straightforward this book spoke of virginity and sex. It definitely pulled me in from page one and kept me hooked from the duration. There were funny moments and ones that left me a little teary-eyed.
Told from the perspective of four girls who’d been “wronged” in one way or another by guys on the football team it could’ve been confusing or hard to follow, but it was anything but. I really wound up connecting with each of the girls’ stories in one way or another and definitely wanted the best for them. Of course, I also wanted them to get back at/even with the guys who were getting away with being arrogant douchebags, too. (One specifically and trust me when I say you’ll know him when you meet him.) There was also a little romance in this book and it made me all smiley-happy.
The Revenge Playbook was a great read. I feel like it could really speak to the audience it was directed to, but can easily be enjoyed by adults who enjoy young adult books as well. In addition to taking on the tough topics I mentioned above, it also had a great focus on friendship and a “girl power!” message. Totally enjoyable.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.