Sunday, 21 June 2015

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

Hi there!

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.

Giveaway Time! Open internationally. Win a signed copy of The Revenge Playbook and some swag!



Olivia’s question: What do you like the most about your best friend?

Olivia-Savannah x


26 comments:

  1. It's really frustrating to get a hold of a bad book and so great books mark in our hearts. Thanks for sharing this review. I think another book added to my list. It's piling up real fast!

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    1. I really loved this one and it was great to read it! It will definitely be a memorable read for me.

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  2. Hi, Olivia - Sounds like the characters in the story really worked well together. I like the synopsis. Isn't it always nice to have a character with your name? Also, I know what it's like to have read a string of books that don't thrill you; then you finally read a FIVE STAR book, how wonderful that is!
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. YES! When you get to a good book amongst all the others it makes me incredibly happy :) The characters were amazing!

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  3. It is good you found this book after so many bad books and I hope every book after is a good. Great review! I really like your descriptions of each character.
    Blue Books and Butterflies

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    1. I hope so too! The characters demanded such detail because they were wonderful to read about.

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  4. Yayyyy for good books! And boooo for all the bad ones. I've had my share of bad books and like you they were thrown at me one after another. Lind of makes it hard to keep reading huh? So I'm super happy you liked this one girlie. :)

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    1. Yeah, it can be a bit of a downer when they are all in a row. Which makes me ever grateful to life-saver books like these :D

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  5. I've been seeing this book on a lot of blogs this month. Glad you enjoyed this one! I have one best friend and we've been tied at the hip for 20+ years. I love how everything that is said between us, stays between us. She's not judgmental at all and I love how she goes above and beyond for her 2 kids. Being a single parent isn't easy, and she gets mad respect from me for just being an awesome mom.

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    1. It is pretty recently published! 20+ years is a really long time, and having a friendship that has spanned so long and has so much understanding in it is wonderful. Treasure it and never let her go <3

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  6. The well done characters make this appealing to me

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  7. I've seen so manyyy good reviews on this book, at first I dismissed it because of the word "revenge." I find revenge books kind of cliche now.. especially if they deal with romance. I love the sound of the strong friendships in this novel, thank you for helping me re-consider this novel now xD Adding it to my TBR! Awesome review as always <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I know what you mean about them being cliche. And although some of the girls reasons to get revenge were less important than others, there was a very important issues dealt with here that fueled their revenge. Hope you like this one!

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  8. Really I too love that review of yours! ;)

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  9. I love that cover, it is really fun! Hadn't heard of this book but will definitely check it out!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. It's a really cool book and very enjoyable to read as well!

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  10. Haha, very cute cover! This sounds like a fun summer read. :)

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    1. I think it would make a good one for that :3

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  11. This sounds like such a great cast of various personalities. Your review gave me a sense of who each of them are. I like books with a group of girls with a plan. Revenge is even better. Thank you for your great review, Olivia.

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    1. Their personalities and how developed each character was really made a difference in this book!

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  12. Glad you found a book to break you out of that rut! This sounds like a really fun read, I like how all of the girls have such different stories and personalities. I will definitely be checking this out! Following you on Bloglovin now too (thanks for following me, by the way), look forward to reading more of your reviews!

    Jamie (Lucky Devil Reviews)

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    1. You're welcome! I think we might become good friends :) I think individuality is always something good to show in a book.

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  13. Love this review. Love the cover!!! :) So happy to see that you loved this one. You have me very excited to try this one myself.

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    1. It was a really great book, and if you do try it I hope you like it.

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