Clique Bait

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Clique Bait
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
April 28, 2020
ISBN
0062918087
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Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett. Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She’s traded in her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, erased anything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully figured out how she will befriend the members of the clique, find out their deepest and darkest secrets, and reveal them to the world. Chloe has the perfect plan . . . but there’s one thing she didn’t prepare for. And that’s falling for someone she’s determined to destroy. The closer she gets to uncovering the secrets the in-crowd is determined to cover up, the more she realizes that she is going to have to choose between betraying her oldest friend or the boy who’s captured her heart

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A wild ride.
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Story:
Chloe is after revenge for what happened the year before to her best friend. She blames the popular clique at school for her friend's fall from grace and will do anything to take them down, even become one of them. Enter Will, the boy who is a part of the group but not like the rest of them, a boy with vulnerabilities. A little blackmail and a lot of questions behavior later and Chloe has gotten close enough to unravel the secrets these kids hold.

What I loved:
The themes in this book. There's this prevailing lesson that nothing is black and white. No one is all good or all bad. Anyone can make themselves do anything to fit in, even if they know it's wrong. This is no more evident in Will, the boy who feels immense guilt for everything, but goes along anyway, and Chloe, the girl wanting to ruin her new friends for the actions she's now taking part in herself.
The writing has an easy flow that turns this into an unputdownable story.

What was just okay:
The ending. I won't spoil it, but throughout the book, we're supposed to see the level ones as the enemy, the morally bankrupt characters. Yet, Chloe becomes no different from them. I wanted to see her learn her lesson.
I didn't understand all of Will's actions. There are some in particular that made it hard to root for the love story.

Final Verdict:
A one sitting read you won't be able to put down with intriguing characters and a fast-paced storyline that grips you until the very end.
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