This book was only a few yards away from a touchdown.
In The Revenge Playbook by Rachel Allen, four unlikely girls team up to take down their hometown’s football team. In Ranburne, the football team is treated with the upmost respect, however, they treat the girls in town like garbage. To get back at the players, Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana decide to hijack the team’s annual scavenger hunt to get a hold of a championship football.
I picked up this book on a whim at Dollar Tree, not sure really what to expect. In the end, I enjoyed this book than I initially thought I would. However, there were some aspects of this book that I wished were developed a little more to really make an impact.
One of the aspect of this book that brought down my rating was the sequence. There are two sequences in this book: one which leads up to the night of the scavenger hunt and the night of the scavenger hunt itself. This could just be me reading quickly, but I did not pick up on this until the middle of the book. As a result, I was a little confused during the first half of the book on how the events unfolded. I think knowing this beforehand would have made it easier for me to follow the story and the various changes in the relationships of the characters.
One aspect of the book that I did enjoy were characters and the friendship formed between them. Each girl is extremely different and faces issues that will be extremely relatable to readers of this target audience. These girls are antagonized for how they dress, their beliefs, and traumatic events that occurred to them beyond their control. Throughout the course of the novel, they learn to be confident in themselves, look beyond their differences, and force others to confront problems that exist in their town.
Overall, The Revenge Playbook promotes a great message although I felt the sequence was a tad confusing and some of the scenes unnecessary. I give this book three out of five stars.