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The Revenge

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Tony just wanted a little revenge when he posted his ex’s location online. He never meant to lead a predator to her doorstep…

After Hope breaks up with Tony and embarrasses him at school, he's devastated. In a moment of revenge, Tony makes the location on her phone public. But a week later, when Hope calls Tony and begs him to stop the prank, he hears a shriek and a car
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Hannah Jayne, and the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, for this opportunity.

I'd just like to begin this review with a disclaimer stating that I wasn't aware of any of the discontent regarding this book's possibly triggering topics before I read it and that, in my personal opinion, this does not romanticise or in any way support doxxing. Much as in the same way that You was written through the eyes of the plot's
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“She’s not home sick, she’s missing.”

This was an okay story, but I didn’t really like the characters all that much.

I felt quite sorry for Toby in this, when he thought that Hope had been kidnapped and began to panic about whether it was his fault. Hope on the other hand I didn’t like, not only for the way she tried to humiliate Tony after he broke up with her, but because (view spoiler)
Bri •Books and Bri•
Wait, wait, what? After reading this book, I have a very different understanding of the events that went down.

I have a lot to say, so buckle up, friends, this is going to be a long review.

Before getting to the actual book review itself, there are a couple things that I want to discuss first:

Disclaimer: I want to start by saying I do not mean any of what I say to be argumentative or demeaning to those that don’t agree. I’m stating my opinion and feelings about the book and what I’ve seen on the
Apr 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
see: the entire awful livetweet I did of this book
Apr 08, 2017 marked it as nope
This book is a horrific, misogynistic dumpster fire. No thanks.
Abena ~gurlwiththebook~
*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Ok. First things first.
I don't know what all the controversy about the 'doxing' is coming from. I honestly didn't even hear about the controversy until I finished the book. My thoughts on it are simple: It wasn't made out to be a joke. News flash- people are cruel. There are people who WILL do things like Tony did in the book. There are people WILL laugh and joke about it at someone else's' expense. It's reality. An author
Jenna Muller
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was good. It's like a teenage version of Gone Girl. I didn't expect a couple of the twists but a couple I did.
Didn't overly like how the book ended. There was no story of rescuing, it kind of just ended and there was nothing about the people involved which I found to be disappointing especially since this book is a thriller which involved a kidnapping.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
A lot of my thoughts are in my updates but I'll summarize. This wasn't good. I didn't like. And it had a completely unsatisfying ending. I don't recommend it.
Apr 07, 2017 marked it as no-interest-books
See below live tweet thread to understand why I will NEVER read this book.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

When I first saw this on Netgalley, it was the first I'd heard about the book. The premise and cover drew me in immediately and I just had to read it. However, I was extremely disappointed with this book and I actually feel like it copied Gone Girl in quite a few places and things, but it lacked that oomph that Gone Girl had.

From the very first page, we are thrown in the middle of a break up between a popular
Carol Suraci
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE REVENGE by Hannah Jayne was an enjoyable fast-read! The author grabbed your attention on page one and never let go until the very last page. This is the second book I've read by Ms. Jayne and she did not disappoint! Looking forward to reading more of her work!
Emily Grace
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best villain I've read about in ages.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

*** Disclaimer I requested this book months ago and was unaware of any controversy surrounding it until I logged into to do this review. So I am just going to address what I saw from some of the reviews. First off I didn't know what doxing was until reading other reviews, but having just literally read this book, the author is not making light of this, she is shining light on it and how potentially
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2017
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were a few things I liked and definitely things I hated about the story. I did like the couple of twists that were thrown into the mix. One I didn't see coming, so that was a bonus. I also thought this book had the potential to show how taking revenge on anyone can majorly backfire and cause more harm. The character I had most sympathy for was Tony. He made a mistake in the beginning after being publicly humiliated by Hope. And while that doesn't ...more
Gabrielle  (Wishes she had more time to read)
"He never meant to lead a predator to her doorstep"
Oh, sure. His intentions weren't that bad. That makes doxxing completely okay.

I have not read this book. I have no intention of reading this book. It sounds like a flaming pile of garbage.

Check this twitter thread out to understand why I will never touch it:
Stephanie Bain
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I give this book a 3.75 stars....

(I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review)

I really enjoyed this book but... it is very similar to another mystery novel that has circulated and that effin ending!!!! What the heck was that!

I did enjoy the mystery, the twist, the turns it was all alot and i ate it up.
Jessica White
Jul 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: teen
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Jillian Marie
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This reminded me of a teenage version of Gone Girl. Some parts got repetitive, but it was actually a good book and a fast read. The ending though...I think that's the most difficult part.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this book until literally the end. That was one of the worst endings ever. So I give it three stars, considering I loved everything else.
*I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

Not my favorite Hannah Jayne book. I expected more. I really hated the characters and didn't feel sorry for anyone. Good idea, poorly realized.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a big Hannah Jayne fan.
Her books are a wild and crazy ride.
Never a dull moment.
I have to say I felt angry at the ending. I wish it was tied up better.
I feel this book dragged a little and then the ending felt like it left me hanging and I am not a big fan of that.
2.5 stars
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
“The Revenge” was a really intense and disturbing novel about two teenagers, Hope and Tony, told in alternating perspectives between the two. Tony and Hope were dating until recently, when Tony broke up with her. Their break-up was not amicable, with Hope responding by reading his love letters and poems in front of the school and Tony responding with doxing. Hope is a media darling- her parents host a popular morning show- and her life has been on air since she was little. Tony comes from a less ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I hate doing this but let me pull up the podium for a moment. There has been a Twitter drama storm over this book, which honestly, I had no idea about until I saw the Goodreads backlash. All the anger. All the comments about fetishizing doxing (researching and putting personal information about people without their consent on the internet as a form of bullying, revenge, etc.) and stalking, and further, being misogynistic. Some readers have even one starred or completely blacklisted the book ...more

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I have read a few books by Hannah Jayne before and am finding her books are usually entertaining, an easy read, and an intriguing plot line. The Revenge followed the same line. The story follows Tony as he deals with the repercussions of a breakup with one of the most popular and semi-famous girls in school. A civil break up turns into a huge
Pocket (Pocket in Libraryland)
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Revenge is the story of Tony, a boy who just broke up with the most popular girl in school. Said girl, Hope, decides to get revenge for the breakup by humiliating him. Tony decides to get back by sending her personal information to all corners of the internet. However, one night he gets a call from Hope begging him to take down the information, only for it to get cut off. When Tony goes to her house, he finds nothing but her broken cellphone and the nagging suspicion that she's either ...more
Thia Lee
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars...

For the most part I was pleasantly surprised and this could've been 5 stars, but I coudn't get pass some issues. Honestly, I didn't like the begin because I thought the reason for Tony's need for revenge was a bit stupid. He wanted revenge because Tessa read his poem to everyone at school! I mean seriously, that's what made you so mad Tony? Um... how about the fact that Tessa told the school that you had a STD??? I would think that that would've be even worse than reading a poem (just
Claudia {SparrowHawk}
Dear Claudia,

You plodded through this book with so much agony and frustration. This book was utter torture to get through. You had hoped for an epic-plot-twist-mystery-ending that would make all the hours and days you devoted to this book totally worth it, but nope! You wasted your time and you will never ever be able to get back those priceless days, hours, and seconds back. Sorry not sorry. After reading this book your immediate thoughts went a little something like this:

"That's it!? What the

Last year I read Twisted by Hannah Jayne, and really liked it. So when I saw she had another novel I didn't even bother reading what the synopsis was about. Now I wish I had.

"They were: desperate, Fame hungry. So rolled up in their own agenda that they had no idea that Hope's high school revenge plan had taken on a life of its own. That their own daughter was in danger while they rolled film. For the first time in a long time, I felt sorry for Hope."

Hope since she was conceived has been a rating
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2017
I saw this on a cataloging cart and was drawn to it because I love mysteries. I had never heard of this author or the entire controversy surrounding this book. Once I saw there was controversy and people were taking to Twitter to blast the book and author, I was more determined to read it.

I couldn't help but notice that one if issues a reader took was in drawing a spotlight on someone on the web, then draws a public shaming spotlight on this book and author, though without publishing her
Chloe Smith
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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(I received a free copy of this book digitally from the publishers via Netgalley)

The Revenge is a young adult, mystery/thriller that sees popular high-school student Hope suddenly go missing. All signs point to her ex-boyfriend, Tony who – following the split from Hope – was humiliated by her and, in an act of revenge, shared all of her personal information online. As a harmless “prank” by both parties escalates, Tony begins to
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Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two ...more
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