June SST: The Revenge Playbook Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!!!

Posted June 21, 2015 by Nori in Giveaway, Guest Posts, Street Team / 2 Comments


Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Rachael Allen as one of June’s featured authors.

The Revenge Playbook
Rachael Allen
Release Date: 06/16/2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

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.

Princess Sofia Regular
There are certain parts of this book that I know are going to piss people off. And you know what? I’m glad. Because while I certainly don’t think all high schools are like the one in THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK, stories like the ones I wrote about are all too real.

If you’re reading the book, and fuming over how some of the guys treat other people and what they get away with—If you’re resisting the urge to throw the book across the room when you get to the part where you finally get to see The List—If you’re wondering, just how the heck did she write these guys who do such completely reprehensible things—Well, hi, I’m going to tell you.

Whenever I would sit down to write the really tough scenes in this book (the ones with the bad guys, and also some of the teachers/counselors), I would spend some time reading articles first. I was reading Stubenville and Maryville and Anoka. I read stories about athletes with unbelievable privilege, guys who seemed to float above the rules that apply to normal people. Stories about gay teens feeling like there wasn’t an ounce of hope left to be had. Stories of rape and assault, where, instead of being protected, girls were made to feel as if everything that had happened was their fault. The backlash was so intense that the girls were viciously bullied, and it went beyond that – parents lost their jobs, families had to move, houses were burnt to the ground.

And then I would open up my word doc, and (after I stopped crying and feeling sick) I would put my fingers to my laptop keys and let the rage flow through me.

I needed other people to understand that these things are happening all around us. And not just in small towns. And not just as isolated incidents. We’re talking about a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon. Some of the stories I read took place at schools like Harvard. One particularly disgusting email was from a fraternity at my very own alma mater.

I took these stories and emotions, and I funneled them into the worst kind of guys and into a town that would offer no protection or sympathy. And then I made my girls rise above it all. The girls in this book are brave, strong, smart, incandescent. They overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. But, you know what? They shouldn’t have to. Because we shouldn’t silence young women when we should be listening to them and shame them when we should be supporting them. So, I hope this book makes people angry. I hope it makes them so angry that they change the world.

 About the Author:

Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she’s also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.

Danielle has also been generous to donate ONE signed copy of The Revenge Playbook ONE lucky winner!

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2 responses to “June SST: The Revenge Playbook Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Excellent guest post! It definitely adds a little insight to the story now that I’ve read both and the honesty is what I really appreciated about this book. I also just like how it accepted everyone. I particularly related to Melanie. (Being a Christian gal waiting til marriage can be kind of awkward sometimes when no one else wants to accept that about you.) Thankfully, my high school was pretty mellow and jocks didn’t have special status over anyone. I’m pretty lucky, which is why I’m glad this book exists to help open the eyes of people like me to what is happening all around us. It’s crazy to think these things are real! People can be so cruel sometimes. 🙁

  2. Lynnette

    I love that this book was meant to affect people so deeply! Definitely going to look into this one.

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