Age: Young Adult
Popularity is the best revenge.
In the final weeks of eight 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.
Review: We know those girls. The one's that seem perfect, the one's that go through life with ease. The one's you trust, only to have them betray you any given second, for their own gain. We see them, love them, hate them, remember them, and all the things they messed up in our lives.
Helen definitely acts upon this remembrance, and gives us a show of revenge that had me addicted to each page. In some ways, it was fun to watch Lauren suffer, and see Helen/Claire get the revenge she justly deserved (watching your enemy suffer? priceless). Yet, how far is too far? In her attempt to ruin Lauren's life, Helen could ruin her own.
Highlights: The scandal, pranks, and everything in between was awesome. Helen/Claire's revenge was fun to read about, because it kind of allows the reader to have fun with the revenge, and then just let it go. The overall message to the novel is fantastic, and something I live by myself. Even though revenge is tempting, it's just not worth it in the end.
Lowlights: Me being me, I couldn't help but to feel bad for Lauren at times (even though she was so easy to dislike).