Review: Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood – Eileen Cook

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In the final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren Wood made a choice. She betrayed her best friend, Helen, in a manner so publicly humiliating that Helen had to move to a new town just to save face. Ditching Helen was worth it, though, because Lauren started high school as one of the It Girls–and now, at the start of her senior year, she’s the cheerleading captain, the quarterback’s girlfriend, and the undisputed queen bee. Lauren has everything she’s ever wanted, and she has forgotten all about her ex-best friend. But Helen could never forget Lauren. After three years of obsessing, she’s moving back to her old town. She has a new name and a new look, but she hasn’t dropped her old grudges. She has a detailed plan to bring down her former BFF by taking away everything that’s ever been important to Lauren—starting with her boyfriend. Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy.

Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Review:

This book struck very close to one of my own personal issues and set of values. A best friend is sacred and deserves your loyalty and protection. You don’t betray your best friend and throw her to the wolves. You don’t add to her misery. There’s a special kind of hell for people who betray and cheat and lie and hurt others for their own gain.

What Lauren did to Helen, her best friend, is the worst of the worst. She betrayed, lied and threw her best friend under the bus for her own agenda. I didn’t blame Helen for wanting revenge.

Why is it that the people who wrong you stay unscathed while you bear the scars? Why is it that they don’t get their comeuppance?

It’s a hard thing to accept and to let go, something that Helen found out through her plot to get revenge on Lauren.

Helen didn’t deserve what Lauren did to her. Why is popularity more important than real friendship in high school? Who decides these things?

Helen’s plans for getting revenge on Lauren were well-thought, very clever and duly impressed me. It was heartening how she tried to do the right thing even knowing it might go against her plan, how she tried to stay true to herself.

I liked Helen a lot and I could relate to her. Her style, her snarky charm and clear voice were cool. Solid good book.

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