Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen


Title: The Revenge Playbook

Author: Rachel Allen

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

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.

Don’t get mad, get even!

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 received a copy of this book for free via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. Huge thanks to HarperTeen!

The Revenge Playbook is about a group of girl who come together and plot out revenge on the football team. Ana was sexually assaulted by a football player. Melanie Jane was dumped by her boyfriend because she wouldn’t have sex with her boyfriend or let him pretend that they had sex, oh and he happens to be a football player! Liv is also dumped by her boyfriend, yes you guessed it – football player, because the football team categorizes her as “slutty.” Peyton is fed up with the favoritism that is shown towards the football players just because they are on the football team and are oh so gooooood.

This book discusses some heavy issues and I believe they are handled very well. The sexual assault in this book has most people placing the blame on the girl, even though she was the one who was date raped. The school counselor wanted hard evidence before they accused the teenage boy because it would be a tragedy to ruin the life of such an amazing football player. Ugh, I want to reach in the book and punch the life out of that school counselor. Too violent? Oh well, it’s how I feel. Thank goodness it’s just a book, but I feel like this happens all to often in today’s day and age. If girl’s walk, talk, or dress a certain way, then they are just ASKING to be sexually assaulted, right? No. I’m really happy this book explored this issue.

I really enjoyed the four girls dynamic together. Melanie is popular, rich, and the perfect pageant queen. Ana is different, in a good way, but not the kind of different that most kids in high school appreciate. She has kept her head down and out of everyone’s way since she was assaulted. Peyton is the shy one and is trying to get out of her comfort zone, especially after her relationship with her douchebag ex-boyfriend. Liv is energetic and loves to be the center of attention.  Melanie Jane and Ana used to be best friends and now they are currently enemies/frenmies. Peyton and Liv are quickly becoming close friends. I enjoyed watching all four of their relationships develop throughout the book.

This story is told thorough all four girls point of views while alternating between the past and present. While I did enjoy reading multiple perspectives and the past/present timelines, the transitions between the characters became confusing at times and I found myself backtracking in an effort to figure out who’s point of view I was reading from.

Overall, this was a fairly quick read for me. I enjoyed the pace and I didn’t feel bored while reading. I really loved the ending of the story and I felt like it couldn’t have ended better! This is the first book I have read by this author, but I would love to read more books by her in the future!

4 out of 5 stars

Meet 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.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and her website.

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