The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Published HarperTeen June 16 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher and the Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for review consideration and participation in this blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of this book or the content of this review in any way. The giveaway is being sponsored by the publisher.
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.
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.
I love the scavenger hunt aspect of this book as they travel around Nashville and the surrouding area completing the challenges. These little chapters dispersed throughout the book made it so exciting and fun! The narration switches between the perspective of the girls together, in the present, as they complete the scavenger hunt, and the past as they come together to form their plan in all their different times of hurt.
If you love female friendships and feminist heavy books, this is a winner for you! It has so many smart, well done feminist topics as each of the girls are empowered within themselves to be whoever they want to be. They all have been the victims of the favoritism given to the football team and their coaches. For example, one of the girls is assaulted and when she reports this to her school, she is told not to do anything so the boy won’t get his football scholarship taken away. There is also a list of girls claimed ‘not good enough’ to date a football player, so the boys must break up with them. And a girl who has trouble in math class can’t get help, but the football players get homework extensions for games. It is not fun to read about some of these darker topics that are faced. I was so mad at the guys that had done these terrible things. However, I also liked how not every football player were bad. Some of them were really nice to the girls and did not succumb to what they were being told.
The only problem that I had with this book was that the different perspectives blended together. It was hard to differ between all the girls, each with their own sections and boyfriends and friends and family. There were many different names, story lines, and backgrounds that I needed to keep checking whose chapter I was reading so far. The ending was also a little iffy, but I did like how it was all wrapped up.
Overall, this book was really good! It was a great look at some contemporary issues, without being dark the entire time. I would recommend this to fans of 17 First Kisses and this would definitely be worth a try.
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About the Author:
Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she’s working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she’s not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses…luckily she doesn’t kiss and tell.