Book Review | The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

We’ve all experienced it – being looked over, feeling invisible, not been given the attention we deserve. We hardly ever do anything about this though. But these girls? They’re not gonna take no for an answer and are gonna fight for what’s theirs – especially for the respect they deserve. The book The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen is about four girls – Peyton, Liv, Ana, and Melanie Jane – and how they seek revenge from the football team because of all that they get away with. Each girl has their own reasons for despising these boys and are ready to take the biggest risks to ensure their downfall. The plan that they come up with is to steal their lucky football and make them walk onto the stadium naked. How do they plan on doing that? By beating the boys in a scavenger hunt. This story is about friendship, betrayal, and finding one’s voice.

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

I can’t help but enjoy books that focus on friendship and revenge. The excitement keeps me turning page after page and before I know it, I’ve finished reading the book. I loved how all the 4 girls were from completely different groups and barely knew each other before they devised the plan to bring down the football team. Their hatred towards the boys is what brought them together in the first place and gave birth to a beautiful friendship. I also enjoyed how the book talked about the prevalent sexism is still present in today’s world. Boys seem to get away with sexist comments and actions while the teachers turn a blind eye because, in this case, they belong to the prestigious football team and are worshiped. This issue was addressed throughout the book and I really appreciated the message that it gave.

While this book had a fast pace and kept me engaged throughout, I frequently found myself a little confused. Since there were four different perspectives (one for each girl), I had a hard time keeping track of who was the one narrating and what exactly was happening. Another reason for this was the constant juggling between the present and the past. Though the dates were mentioned, I personally found it a little difficult to connect the events and the time frame in which they took place. By the middle of the book, however, I got used to this constant back and forth, so I guess a little time is all that it takes to get used to it.

A unique feature that I quite enjoyed was Melanie Jane’s use of loan words. Her character really seemed to come through due to this aspect of hers – she enjoyed learning new languages. As a person who loves words, I really appreciated her usage of words in different languages to describe a situation or emotion.

Overall, this novel was a fun and quirky read. While reading it, I often found myself connecting it to the plots of the show 13 Reasons Why and the movie American Pie: The Book Of Love (I don’t recommend watching this movie. My amazing friends made me watch it and I am now scarred for life). So if you’re looking for a book that is short, funny, and will make you think a while after you’re done reading it, be sure to pick this one up!

– Just Another Magical Soul


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