June SST: The Revenge Playbook Interview + GIVEAWAY!!!

Posted June 28, 2015 by Nori in Giveaway, Interviews, Street Team / 4 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


Are there any people that influenced your writing style and/or started your desire to write?

Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series were the very first YA books I ever read. They’re what got me into YA in the first place, and I will be forever grateful to her for that. Also, I got to meet her in person at BEA this year and tell her that, and she was every bit as gracious and amazing as you would hope.

The other person who inspired me to write is my mom. She used to take us to the library all the time when I was little, and whenever I was bored, she would tell me to go read somehting or write something.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE because I love that book so hard and the prose is GORGEOUS.

When you were in high school, did the football team in your school act like the team in The Revenge Playbook?

The football players at my high school were not like the guys in THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK. They were much nicer. Plenty of them were genuinely good guys. Not all of them. Some of them were jerks who treated girls (and really most other humans) badly. Some of the frat guys I met in college were like that too and may have helped to inspire parts of this story. There are other things in the book though – rape culture, the “boys will be boys” attitude, athlete culture, slut shaming, virginity shaming, I could go on – that are universal. I hope those aspects will speak to everyone, whether they’ve got a football team like the one in the book or not.

Did you know from the start that there were going to be four main characters, or did the number change as you were writing?

I always knew there were going to be four main characters. There’s a line in 17 FIRST KISSES where one of the girls says, “Four is the magical number of girlfriend-ship.” And while I don’t really think you have to have friends in sets of fours, doesn’t it just feel right in movies and books? (I may be weird that way.)

What was the hardest part of your debut process?

The hardest part of my debut process…It was probably having a baby a few months before my first book came out. I wouldn’t change a thing, but man oh man, I felt like my head was screwed on backwards for most of 2014.

What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉

Sushi! (Yes, the exclamation point is necessary.)

Which of the characters most resembles you? Why?

Peyton is the most similar to me in personality of any character in any book I’ve ever written (but I gave her different interests and life experiences). Or at least, she’s very much like high school me. I’m soft-spoken and tenderhearted and really hate confrontation.

When you (personally) played Truth or Dare as a young child, which did you choose more often- truth or dare?

As a kid, I nearly always picked Truth. In college (because in high school, people pretend middle school things are lame, and in college, all the middle school things circle back around and become cool again), I mostly picked Dare.

Which character was the easiest for you to write? Which was the hardest?

I don’t know if there was an easiest, but Liv was definitely the most fun to write. Ana was the most challenging to write about. Mostly because I haven’t gone through the things she’s gone through, and I wanted so much to get everything right. I know feelings and reactions can be different for different people, but I wanted it to be right for her.

The other challenging part of writing Ana (and to an extent, the whole book), was the research I was doing. (I wrote a full post about that here: http://readwritelove28.com/2015/06/21/june-sst-the-revenge-playbook-guest-post-giveaway/) I read about girls being assaulted and bullied and feeling like they don’t have a voice. Those things are hard to read about and hard to talk about, but it’s also so important that we do read and talk about these things because that’s the only way things will ever change.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how have you gotten past it?

I have definitely had writer’s block (ugh). I think it helps to do things that will spark my imagination, like watch shows and movies, read books, or go for a walk. It also helps to talk it out with my critique buddies – I had SO much trouble nailing the last scene for this book, and it was only with the collective help of my crit buddies, agent, and editor that I finally ended up being happy with it.

The other thing I do that’s kind of weird is try to write in the most random thing I can think of. Like, can I make this meet cute scene end with her shoving a tampon up his nose? What if I put a glittery statue of David Bowie in this scene? How about penis confetti? (I recently sent my agent the one with the penis confetti.) It always makes me laugh and adds the fun back to writing.

 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.

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

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4 responses to “June SST: The Revenge Playbook Interview + GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. YOU HAD ME AT MEG CABOT. She [Rachael Allen] seems like a really nice, chill author. I enjoyed this book a lot and appreciate it so much for it’s many important messages. <3

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