The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Four girls out for revenge. The football team has run the school for too long. The players get special exceptions with class work. They never get into trouble no matter how heinous the crime. They are treated like gods.
Well, enough is enough. When Liv and Melanie Jane are both dumped by their football player boyfriends at the same time, the secret of the List is revealed – some underclass players are forced to break up with their girlfriends or face the consequences on and off the field.
By chance the two girls find each other (and team up with Peyton and Ana who have their own reasons for disliking the football players) to beat the team at its own game – no, not football, the annual scavenger hunt. Losers have to walk on the field at homecoming naked.
The girls enter the scavenger hunt secretly (only team members are allowed). They are driven to get the sacred Football of ’76, the good luck charm of the team. If they can just get the attention of the school and knock the team down a few notches…
We follow the girls on their hunt and learn the events leading up to it in flashbacks. Each girl tells her own part of the story. Liv is the girl with an undeserved reputation. Peyton is the shy girl who tries not to draw attention to herself. Melanie Jane has relationships with expiration dates – why be too serious at her age? Ana is the girl no one talks to – her reputation was cemented the night of the party that caused the split between her and Melanie Jane.
As they progress toward their shared goal, they bond with each other and address old wounds. It is a fun story with justice being the goal, but friendship being the result.
~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.