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Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood is such a fresh, light, and witty take on the Mean Girls archetype. Though at first readers may think they’ve read “this” before, it is important for stake-holders to know that this book is different. It’s one of those books that doesn’t sit so heavily on the emotions that is leaves kids distraught; but, at the same time, while it is entertaining and enjoyable, it is a book that won’t just end when the cover is closed. This is a read that will make readers think critically about the deep issues Helen faces (betrayal, revenge, humiliating, high school angst, etc.) and how they might act in similar situations.
This would be a stellar read to include on middle and high school reading lists. As a teacher, I’m thinking of ways to get students to compare the development of themes in literature. So, I can see students comparing and contrasting “mean girl” types of books and movies as a literary analysis/ popular culture project. Along the sames lines, it would be great to let students discuss/analyze the allusions to The Count of Monte Cristo, possibly as its source text, since it was indeed the impetus for this fabulous read. Additionally, I’m thinking kids will have great discussions about voice (Eileen’s technique is smooth and engaging) and how it effects the tone (hilarious and pensive); but, even without the classroom connections, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood will be a hit. I recommend it highly.

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