Review + Playlist: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen


9780062281364_7f428Title: The Revenge Playbook
Author: Rachael Allen
Publication Date: June 16th 2015 by HarperTeen
Rating: ★★★★
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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 absolutely enjoyed reading this book! I haven’t read anything remotely as enjoyable as this one. For all I know, I finished this one in no time. This is actually the first book I’ve read from Rachael Allen, and this is definitely not going to be the last one!

I love that this book kinda focused on things that needed to be addressed in the society, issues like feminism, social hierarchy and slut-shaming. The book presented those issues pretty well and even offered a solution for those issues. I also loved how empowering this book was. It really shouts GIRL POWER from page one.

The alternating POVs of the main characters really helped their characters grow and it shows that each one of them had their own depth and dynamic. Melanie Jane was the popular one, Peyton was a bit of an introvert, Ana was the hipster/loner type, and Liv was the extrovert. Each one of them balances each other, which made the book really enjoyable to read because despite their contrasting characters, they turned out to be so well in terms of team work.

The plot of the story was really enjoyable and cool. I found myself turning pages to pages because I can’t put this book down. The dares were pretty funny! It was fun and amazing to see four girls kick the asses of the football team. They’re definitely squad goals. I love how the book also highlighted their newfound friendship.

Another thing I really loved about this book were the words Melanie Jane introduced. Melanie Jane was a language enthusiast and she has these words with no direct english translations such as backpfeifengesicht, koi no yokan, and saudade. Each from different languages, which cannot be directly translated.

Overall, the book really spoke to me. Being a feminist, it’s really amazing to see books like this address what the society needs to see. For someone lacking interest in social perspective of the matter, this book can be an amazing eye-opener.


1. Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce

“Who are we? What do we run? We run the world!”

2. Brave by Sara Bareilles

“Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is”

3. Different Colors by Walk The Moon

“So come on lovers, come on haters
Tonight we raise the fire
Cause when the people get to dancing
They forget about taking sides”

4.  I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts

“I’ll be there for you (When the rain starts to pour)
I’ll be there for you (Like I’ve been there before)
I’ll be there for you (‘Cause you’re there for me too)”

5. Run by COIN

“Something tells me that you’re never gonna stop ’til you get what you want.
Don’t you tell me
That you never really thought
Maybe we can run,”

6. I Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora

“When you say you’ve had enough
And you might just give it up
Oh, oh
I will never let you down”

Favorite Quotes


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About Rachael Allen

RachaelRachael 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.

Author Links: Website // Twitter // Goodreads

The Revenge Playbook

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