Monday, February 1, 2010

Getting Revenge On Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook Review

Author: Eileen Cook
Age: Young Adult
Pages: 261
Copy Provided by: Won from Delightful Reviews/Eileen Cook
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).




  1. Thanks for the review! I've heard a lot about this so can't wait to read it.

  2. Great review! I love the sound of this one! :)

  3. I was actually hoping Helen didn't learn that life lesson so early in the book. Twenty pages from the ending would have been a lot better. I think I was enjoying the revenge a little too much >_<

  4. Great review, and, wow, a 4.5 rating? This definitely sounds like one to check out. Whew, I'm glad that Lauren was easy to dislike because I hate it when I have to sympathize with the girl on the receiving end of revenge. I'll have to consider getting this one sometime, thanks! :D

  5. Nice review! I'm really eager to read this one. :)

  6. Great review! I think I will read this since it's up at PULSE IT. (At least I think it is, maybe I'm just out of it, haha).

    I love revenge in a book :D

  7. lol! I'm sure I totally would have felt bad for Lauren as well. I really want to read this book!

  8. Nothing bad to say about the book? Wow, I need to get myself a copy. I already have this book on my tbr list and just because of the lovely cover I am already adoring it.
    Revenge is sweet! LOL.

  9. Sounds delicious - a wicked treat! The cover kind of creeps me out! Something about dolls in general. Great review!

  10. I've never heard of this book before but it does sound like a fun read. Thanks for sharing your review!

  11. Great review! This book sounds so fun and I love the cover art! I'll have to read it.