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.
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|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Four girls, separated by their stories, beliefs, friends and interests, are united in their desire for revenge. Revenge on the footballers at Ranburne High and how they treat the others at the school. Revenge for the injustices committed against themselves and others. This was an interesting book. I couldn't put it down, but I wanted to slam it down hundreds of times because it made me so mad! The only reason I was able to keep reading this book was because I was so desperate to see the boys get punished. I wanted pain. Blooded noses. Prison time. Humiliation and destruction. I could not stand how they and the school treated the girls in this book. Do schools really allow this to happen in real life? Don't answer that. Naming and shaming. Abuse. I was fuming throughout most of this book. And yet I was also able to laugh at the girls' antics, and smile at their growing friendship, despite their differences. The Revenge Playbook covers some pretty intense topics, but it does it well. I particularly liked that there were some nice guys, which I thought was good (and fair). This isn't a book about boy hating - it is about combating girl hating and I loved how it did that without resorting to the opposite (although I could have done with some more punishment). The Revenge Playlist is also about making a difference, about standing up and speaking out, and yet in no way is it preachy, judgemental or unrealistic. It is original, fresh, moving and fun. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
For such a fun premise (which I adored!), this book packs a punch as it delves into situations that explore the many ways girls can be devalued by boys-some subtle and some egregious. Four person POV *plus* past/present timeline jumps was ambitious, but Rachael Allen totally pulls it off. Each girl felt distinct and had a well-defined character arc and I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Of course, the scavenger hunt was hands-down my favorite aspect!
I love this book so much it is one of my favorites. I got so into this book and i got so into the characters i can actually feel whst the characters are feeling. I wanted to throw the book so many times because of how mad i got at the characters in the book. When i finished this book i told everyone about it. I will totally recomend this book. Anyone who says otherswise is stupid.
I thought the book wasn't to great and disliked it very much. Sorry but it's just my opinion .
The Revenge Playbook is told through alternating POVs of the four main characters in this story. Usually I have trouble with alternating points of view when there are more than two, and honestly at first I did have a bit of trouble remembering which girl was which. But after a few chapters I was already connecting with each of these girls and was able to follow the story without a problem. The whole “list” thing that the football team came up with was really infuriating. I’m sure almost every reader of this book will feel the same way. To think that these guys put together this kind of list is really insulting. I’d embarrass the football team myself to get back to them for the list alone, never mind the actions that were taken related to the list. Not cool, guys. Not cool. This group of girls wouldn’t normally have been friends, but they were all drawn together for a common cause: revenge on the football team. Ana, who was a bit of a geek; Liv, the lively, outspoken dance fanatic; Melanie Jane, the gorgeous pageant princess; and Peyton, the shy and sensitive sweetheart, all in one way or another were screwed over by the football team unfairly. Each of these girls wanted them to get what they deserved. And they realized that together they could attempt sweet, sweet revenge. I loved the “girl power” message in this book. There were terrible things that happened to these girls, some worse than others, and instead of letting it get the better of them, they all decided to seek revenge instead. Maybe not the best, smartest and healthiest idea out there, but I loved the bond they formed while working together at a common cause. Go girls! I’ve read a couple other books with a similar vibe, but this one really stood out to me. I also was very satisfied with the way it all came together in the end. A fun, quick read for a lazy Saturday afternoon. I think a lot of people will find these girls entertaining, this story a lot of fun, and the friendships formed very encouraging. Standing up for yourself, being the bigger person, and forgiveness are all strong messages in this book that many teenagers will benefit from reading. (Thank you to HarperTeen for the review copy!)