THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK is chock-full of girl power, which a guarantee to me that I'll adore it. I loved seeing Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana not only become close friends, but become the kind of friends who support each other through any hardships. All four girls are very different, but their friendship feels natural.
I appreciated the way the book approached some tough issues: slut shaming, bullying, assault, double standards, and toxic sports culture. The author handled these issues in a realistic way without being heavy-handed or flippant. The girls face a lot of obstacles, and I loved how not only did they support each other, but they also actively spoke out about how it was not okay how every girl in the school was being treated.
What Left Me Wanting More:
I almost wanted the revenge to be bigger or more intense. At times, it felt like a naive prank, one that wouldn't really have any lasting effect on the intended targets. That said, I did feel it was a realistic prank, like something a group of teenagers would think of and be able to pull off. So on that front, I felt the girls' revenge was very realistic.
The Final Verdict:
THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK is a fun, empowering book about female friendship and standing up for yourself.