The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

June 21, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 2 Comments

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael AllenThe Revenge Playbook
by Rachael Allen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 16, 2015 by HarperTeen
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Blog Tours, FFBC Tours, Publisher via Edelweiss

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 this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


This book makes girls feel empowered. I know when I read it, I felt like I could do anything. I have to say that I was hooked just by reading the dares that appeared on the first two pages. Knowing how worshiped these football players were and how everything they did, including bad or slacking in school, everyone would just turn a blind eye and let it pass, even the teachers! This aggravated me so much because the reality is that this happens nowadays and it is so unfair. The football team downgrades women’s worth and pretty much diminishes them but we see four girls that have never been friends, except for two of them, join forces to try to bring down the football team to stop the slut-shaming, bullying, etc.

Rachael Allen did a fantastic job in writing this story. I believe she took a risk and she has succeed. I say risk because not many people are willing to put a story like this out there but she did and this gives you hope that you can also take a stand, make a change and fight for yourself and others. Even with the message included, this story is amazing and fun. Reading about the four girls doing the dares was hilarious. The supporting male characters, not the mean ones, were also a great addition to the story and also shows that not every guy in this world has ill-intent on others. What I wish I had gotten was an epilogue. The story ended on a good note but I felt something missing of it—a bit more closure, I would say. Nonetheless, I really recommend this book if you are looking for an empowering story with positive message and it is also fun and very enjoyable.

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On June 16, 2015, use the hashtag #BFFdraft to talk about who you’d want in your ultimate BFF group. You can pick YA characters, celebrities, girls who are doing cool stuff to make the world a better place, girls who are already your besties.

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About Rachael Allen

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. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses...luckily she doesn't kiss and tell.

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2 responses to “The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

  1. It makes me so mad that some of these things happen in reality, and whenever it comes up in the news as the football players being the victims, it makes me rage! As much as I do want to read this, (because YES TO FEMALE EMPOWERMENT), I think I would get so so so mad throughout the entire book hahah. But since revenge IS INVOLVED, I think I would definitely enjoy it!

    Awesome review and blog post Genesis!

    • It gets frustrating while reading, but I believe it has more of the girls bonding, since they were never friends before, except for two of them. It’s very interesting. If you give it a try, I hope you like it 🙂

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