Release date: 18th February 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books/St Martin’s Press
Series: Foul is Fair
Blurb: Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.
Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
I have to say thankyou so much to the peeps at St Martin’s Press for thinking of me for this blog tour. This is a book that, once it gets going, is a rollercoaster ride of vengeance and violence.
Foul is Fair is a novel unlike anything I have read in a while. It centres around a group of girls who are out to help their friend Elle/Jade get revenge on the boys and girl who were involved in her rape on her 16th birthday. After heading to a party at the house of a student from a rival school, Elle was drugged and abused, leading her to want vengeance on those involved. If you were expecting light and fluffy, you’ve got the wrong book.
At first, its disjointed. Like super disjointed. So, disjointed that I had to read the opening 10-15% three times to work out what the hell was going on. There are unfinished sentences, paragraphs with only 1 or 2 sentences and conversations that seem to be incomplete. But after getting past this initial confusion, it turns out to be a fantastic story.
So, as I mentioned before Elle/Jade and her ‘coven’ are out for payback. Her friends will do absolutely anything to make sure her rapist and his conspirators don’t run free. Be it blackmail, brainwashing or murder, it’s all here. Now Jade and her buddies could just go on a murderous spree and call it a day but what fun would that be? Instead Jades plan is to one by one turn them against each other and make those within the group perform the deed. Which is actually kind of genius when you think about it.
‘But what’s it like Tash?’ you ask. Its messed up and kind of gruesome and all things mean girls. There’s untraceable texts, blackmail and psychological warfare, all within the first half of the novel. Its broken down into super short chapters, each giving you a sneak peek as to what’s to come within the titles BUT it’s still surprising when you hit each and every crucial event because no one wants to think of 16 year old high schoolers as raging psychopaths.
In the opening pages, the author gives a glimpse into just why this novel is the way it is. Essentially its about rape culture and the treatment of people (young women in this case) who have been through the traumatic experience that is sexual abuse. In Foul is Fair, Jade, while not taking the path that a normal rape victim would, enacts what some survivors could only wish for, total and absolute revenge on the perpetrators and their enablers. Does she do the morally ‘right’ thing? No. Does this book drag you in so fricking deep that you can’t help but feel like Jade and her friends are justified? Definitely. This is not to say I would condone this behaviour in my child/sibling/niece, but it gives the reader an opportunity to give every rapist a big middle finger.
I have purposely kept this one short and sweet because honestly, it’s a novel that you need to read for yourself. I didn’t love, but I definitely did like it. It’s a novel that embraces the inner strength of survivors of abuse and hurtles them head on into their attackers path. It’s not a book that glorifies the seeking of revenge, but it is one that fully submerges the reader into the psyche of the abused. Gritty and compelling while also a stark analysis on the stigma surrounding sexual abuse, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good revenge plot.
Until next time lovelies xo