Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

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Popularity is the best revenge. In the final weeks of eighth 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. ------------------------------------------ Praise for What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook: "Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud." --Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead "Not since Judy Blume's Margaret introduced herself to God has there been such a funny, genuine, conflicted, wanna-be-sorta-good-maybe-later girl as Emma. Cook's tone as she takes on the big ones--life, love, faith, and friendship--is pitch perfect." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Midnight Twins and The Deep End of the Ocean Smart and fun and full of heart. --Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks and How to Be Bad
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 246g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • f-c matte cvr
  • 1442409762
  • 9781442409767
  • 338,736

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"Helen's character arc is...well managed and believable, especially when the vestiges of her better self start to niggle at her conscience....Her management of the popularity game deftly reveals how brittle it can be, particularly when being popular isn't coupled with actually being liked." --"The Bulletin

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When Lauren Wood turns Helen Worthington in as the snitch for the senior prank, the last few weeks of Helen's 8th-grade year are torturous. When her parents announce that they are going to be moving from Michigan to New York, Helen couldn't be happier. She thought Lauren was her best friend, but when she confronts Lauren, she finds out that Lauren intends to make it to the top of the popularity ladder. And Helen has no interest in the journey. So imagine Helen's horror when her parents announce that they are going on a year-long meditation retreat and Helen is going back to Michigan to live with her grandmother. Her parents convince her that karma will catch up with Lauren and can't imagine that anyone remembers Helen's outing in 8th grade. Thankfully, her grandmother is cool and helps convince her parents to let her enroll under a different name - Claire Dantes. It's only a little lie, as Claire is her middle name and Dantes is her mom's maiden name. And as the new school year approaches, Helen creates an intricate plan to get her revenge on Lauren, whom she's determined to dethrone. Helen's plan seems to go off without a hitch. Break up Lauren and her boyfriend, done. Cause dissension among her friends, done. It's when she comes to beating out Lauren in the school play and getting her kicked off the cheerleading squad that Helen's conscience starts to get in the way. Innocent people are becoming involved, and Helen doesn't feel as good about her revenge as she thought she would. GETTING REVENGE ON LAUREN WOOD started out slowly. But Ms. Cook develops the story at just the right pace for the reader to decide if they are rooting for Helen or feel sorry for Lauren. It was refreshing to see the popular girl get her comeuppance without that "all's perfect in the end" wrap-up. But to be honest, it was the secondary characters that I found the most appealing with this story. Lauren's sidekicks, Bailey and Kyla, weren't just two-dimensional characters taking up space. Helen's friend, Brenda, also develops her own backbone as the story progresses. And Christopher sounds simply delicious. I'd almost like to see a follow-up book with these characters - getting revenge has never been so much fun!show more
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