The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael AllenThe Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Release Date: 16th June 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

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 like to think of The Revenge Playbook as a Frankie Landau-Banks light. It’s Frankie without the sharp insight into patriarchal power structures, a kind of Dare Me without teenage girls who are dangerous and fascinating. I mean, that’s not to say I didn’t like it exactly, but it definitely reads like a marketable ~~feminist~~ book. Look at these teenage girls turning the tables on the boys – so rad, so powerful and you know, that’s cool but for these kind of books to work for me they need to have meaning and depth. And yeah, I want to feel the anger pour off the pages because as a woman, I know the struggles these characters go through because like many of us, I have first-hand experience. That being said, for the most part, I had fun reading this.

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