Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mystery
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What you see isn't always what you get.
Stevie never meant for things to go this far. When she and Dee--defiant, bold, indestructible Dee--started all this, there was a purpose to their acts of vengeance: to put the bullies of Woepine High School back in their place. And three months ago, Stevie believed they deserved it. Once her best friend turned on her, the rest of the school followed. Stevie was alone and unprotected with a target on her back. Online, it was worse.
It was Dee's idea to get them all back with a few clever pranks, signing each act Love, Heather--an homage to her favorite 80's revenge flick. Despite herself, Stevie can't help getting caught up in the payback, reveling in every minute of suffering. And for a while, it works: it seems the meek have inherited the school.
But when anonymous students begin joining in, punishing perceived slights with increasingly violent ferocity, the line between villain and vigilante begins to blur. As friends turn on each other and the administration scrambles to regain control, it becomes clear: whatever Dee and Stevie started has gained a mind--and teeth--of its own. And when it finally swallows them whole, one will reemerge changed, with a plan for one final, terrifying act of revenge.
“It’s people like us against the world, Stevie.”
I roll my eyes and mutter, “You don’t even know me.”
“Sure I do. You and me? We’re the same.”
This is a real hard look at the high school experience. The situations that everyone goes through, Sometimes it makes the reading rough but that’s just because it hits home.
The book starts off really slow, and that made it hard to stay interested in it or to just keep my focus on it. I don’t know whether to recommend you give this a shot. It’s so so for me.
“How bad does it have to be for us to do something?
How much bad? How bad can we be in return?
Can anything be evened out?”