by Rachael Allen
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book as part of the Sunday street team in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to Nori, the publisher, and author.
I don’t even have words for how wonderful this book was. It’s not just a story about girls getting much needed revenge on a football team. This book is about a culture that idolizes football players and lets them get away with anything–although depending on where you are, this applies to a different sport–about friendship, love, family, and so much more.
I can’t express how much I appreciate all the lessons in this book and how everyone–especially football types like this and girls who’ve been hurt by them–needs to read it.
When I started reading this, I was kind of skeptical because I didn’t understand how a book based on dares could be so wonderful. If this happens to you, KEEP READING!
There are four main characters in the book–Ana, Liv, Melanie Jane, and Peyton–who’ve all been affected by the football team in one way or another. As I said, I was skeptical at first, but once the point of view switched between all four girls, I was hooked. I was never once confused by who was narrating the story as each girl had her own unique story and voice. Each girl told a part of the story and scavenger hunt–the dares–in such a way that all the stories blended perfectly into one. Not only did the girls narrate their experiences during the hunt, but the book also switched between time periods and told the story of how the girls united together to get revenge. Seeing their friendship evolve through each of their eyes was special and wonderful. I felt a personal connection to each girl and her story. Experiencing the friendship through all four girls was beautiful because I was able to see each girl’s motivation and feel what she felt. I honestly wish more books told stories like this–so seamlessly and through multiple points of view.
Not only did the girls tell a story of friendship and support and revenge, but each girl gave a glimpse into her family life. Yes, they all seemed perfect on the outside, but it was really comforting to see that even though they appeared perfect, each girl had something going on. Sometimes when I read books with great messages, I don’t often see how other girls are feeling and feel alone because I think I’m not perfect or beautiful enough. Reading about girls–albeit fictional ones–who have the same struggles is comforting because it lets me know I’m not alone.
Overall, this book was beautiful and amazing and I will definitely read anything else Rachael Allen writes. I recommend this book to anyone who feels alone, any girl who’s been hurt by a jerk and feels no one supports her, and to all those jerks out there so they can see their actions do have consequences and do hurt real people.