The Revenge Playbook (Review, SST Tour & Giveaway!)

The Revenge Playbook (Review, SST Tour & Giveaway!)
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Title: The Revenge Playbook

Author:  Rachael
Allen
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date:  16th June 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Lately
I have been stuck in a rut of reading a lot of bad books one after the other,
which made me so happy to break into this one! I loved every minute of reading
it and knew I would love it the moment I started this book.
What I loved most
about it had to be the strong theme of friendship that was running through it.
We get these four girls – some who have met before and some who haven’t. And
they are the ones who come together, all driven by revenge (well-deserved
revenge) to try and make a difference to their school and the way it works. I
loved the way I could see the friendship blossoming and transforming in this
book, and it just made my heart squeeze with joy.
Before I break
into each individual character I want to mention that I also liked how they
were trying to get revenge on the football team because some members on the
squad have the habit of being given special treatment just because they play a
certain sport. They were basically the spoiled champs of the school and they
could do whatever they wanted to and get away with it. No matter who anyone is,
they shouldn’t have the right to doing that. We should always be treated as
equals, which is why I could admire the girls for trying to make that
difference.
Let’s start off
with Liv. Her full name is Olivia (yay!) and I liked how enthusiastic and
playful her personality was. She was confident, easy going and would find
pleasure in the smallest things. And even though she was always an outgoing
get-out there girl, I felt like she was also someone who had her difficult
moments. Her parents are split up and you get to see into the divorce a bit,
which I think was a good thing. Liv also has a boyfriend called Trevor who is
so sweet. In this book they have some tough things to try and overcome. I won’t
tell you the outcome, but I will say that Liv had a really difficult time with
it :/
Then there is
Melanie, who might seem to be a bit prissy at first. She’s the popular girl who
everyone assumes has the perfect life. She’s a Christian who goes to beauty pageants
and all that stuff. Her parents can be pushy sometimes, but I did get the
impression that she loved them. Melanie and another character Ana had some
trouble in the past which I won’t mention anymore because it is really
important for the book. But Melanie is someone who since then doesn’t let
anyone get very close to her – not even her boyfriends who all have an
expiration date on them in the end. Oh, and Melanie is a virgin, and her
boyfriend chooses to dump her because she is someone who wants to wait for
marriage.
I mentioned Ana
before. She’s one of the quieter girls in the group. She has a really difficult
time at school, especially as she went through a period of depression and
serious bullying at school. She also has an inner conflict running through her
mind which again, relates to what was mentioned before. I feel like she’s the
girl who I can tell you the least about, so I’ll leave that aura of mystery
there.
And finally,
there is Peyton. A tall, talented dancer who loves hip hop. She was dating Karl
who was controlling and basically tried to run her life. Now she’s dumped him
and is trying to move on with her life, but is finding it incredibly difficult.
As well as that, her parents are also divorced and seem to be competing with
each other to find out which of them could get over the other faster. It’s
pretty difficult on her. She seemed to be the shyest of the group and struggled
with self-confidence. I could relate to the shy personality.
When I saw the way the friendship blossomed. 
I did mention the
characters more than anything about the book. But it was an incredibly fun
read, and I loved the characters a whole lot. Highly recommended from me!
About the Author: Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she’s also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.
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Olivia’s
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Olivia-Savannah x



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