First Impression: I’m am SO glad that I gave this another shot after giving up in January. The second half of The Revenge Playbook was AMAZING.
– Female empowerment
– Girls sticking together
– Arrogant little shits getting what they deserved
– Friendship orientated
The book I’ve been waiting for.
Review: I started The Revenge Playbook back in January. I got 11% in. I gave up. It was cliché, so I stopped, 100% sure I would pick it up again because who doesn’t love a good revenge story?
So I picked it up again, and it took me all of two days to finish it. Because it’s great. I judged too early, and it is FANTASTIC. If you enjoyed books such as Burn for Burn or Get Even, you’ll like this.
Football players are treated like gods. They get away with everything because they’re the stars of the school. Even if they’re jerks. Even if they treat the girls at the school like dirt. So four girls – Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane and Ana – who have all been wronged by the guys on the football team, team up together to get revenge by stealing the one thing the football team guards like gold. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.
The Revenge Playbook tackles issues such as slut shaming and rape culture. Sometimes the story can be quite dark (one scene in particular had my blood boiling), but it is nicely counteracted with some light and fun scenes, so whilst the message is still getting across, you can get some enjoyment out it.
I loved how much female empowerment was present in these 360 pages! I really enjoyed all the characters, though I felt that their narratives could have been a bit more distinct, but nevertheless, they were a great team.
What’s also present in this book is that it notes that not ALL football players are privileged and ass holes, but just enough of them are to make revenge worthwhile.
A great book with strong female friendships and characters that deals with issues in a relatable way for teens whilst also being fun to read. Now I’m going to leave you with my favourite extract:
“Tonight we honor an ancient tradition,” I say in my best spooky voice. Peyton moves to stand beside me. Ana starts to hand back, but Melanie Jane prods her along. “You are about to become part of an elite sisterhood. We are brave. We are strong. We have honor…and some other lame shit.” … I turn serious. “Tonight we did something no one else has ever done. We started something. And we’re going to finish it. We will steal that football. We will have our revenge. And we will change this town.”
MY RATING: ★★★★★