Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.