Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood
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 che...more
1. Push Lauren out in front of a speeding dump truck
2. Slather her with BBQ sauce and set a herd of hungry pit bulls on her.
3. Pour honey in her hair and then tie her down on an anthill.
4. Dress her in a bathing suit made out of herring and then push her into shark-infested water.”- page 38
Confession time. I put off reading this for ...more
What Lauren did to Helen, her best friend, is the worst of the worst. She betrayed, lied and threw her best friend under the bus for her own agenda. I didn’ ...more
The main character Helen (later called Claire) was emotionally controlled by a prettier, manipulative friend she had since birth until 8th grade named Lauren. Lauren humiliated Helen quite extensively when they were younger. Helen moves away and schemes for years until she is granted the opportunity to move back to her home town during their senior year.
It is hard to say that I enjoyed this book because I do not feel like it is a book that is meant to be enjoyed. It was meant to make the reader think, and I finished the book with a lot to think about. This book would be an excellent book club selection because it is definitely a book you will want to discuss.
For anyone who has been hurt by a friend (or more precisely a former friend), it sometimes seems like Karma is taking too long to balance out or make that person pay fo ...more
I didn't care about that film boy either. I can't even remember his name. Christopher? ...more
this book was almostly about this two bestfriends. their names are Lauren wood and Helen. they have been friends for a really long time but, this was one problem b/w them. is that lauren always thought she was away more pretty/smart and all that and Helen was a type of girl that was fat and not as much as Lauren. so ...more
I love when authors successfully write “mean girls” who are realisti ...more
No matter how high you hold your head or how strong you've become, there are days when you're going to see or hear or smell something that reminds you of the person who hurt you. And for a moment, there will be a pang in your chest and you remember ...more
I enjoyed Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood for many reasons. The author Eileen Cook had written such an amazing plot with fantastic characters. The story line flowed smoothly throughout the story. There was not a single part of the book I did not like. Helen was my favorite character for many reasons. She took me by surprise a lot. I did hate her at some points in the book, because I did not agree with her actions. Helen was one of a kind. I have not read a book that had a chara ...more
Revenge is a tricky thing, and Cook wove it perfectly into her sophomore YA novel. Helen was a surprisingly relatable character, and it was easy to see why she had to do what she did. While her actions weren't good, they were understandable. Readers were sucked into Helen's world and hated L ...more
Lauren Wood was Helen’s best friend, until she betrayed and humiliated her in front of the entire school forcing Helen to leave the state and start life fresh. Helen was a quiet girl when she left content with her old black and white movies and not really realising that she was being used by her best friend. But when she returns to her small home town and the high school that hated her before she left, she is a completely different ...more
The first thing that drew me in was the cover. I fell in love with it the mom ...more
The title and cover pretty much explains the plot. Helen and Lauren have been best friends their entire lives. That all changes at the end of eighth grade when Lauren betrays her best friend for the sake of popularity. Helen moves away and returns three years la ...more
At the end of 8th grade, Lauren told a lie about Helen, her former best friend, that resulted in Helen's being ostracized. Thankfully, her father was transferred and she was able to start over in a new school. Now, Helen is back for senior year, thirty pounds lighter, with a nose job and a new name, ready to vengeance against head cheerleader Lauren.
I love Eileen Cook's writing style. She creates unique characters and gives them witty, intelligent voices. Her narrators are perfectly impe ...more
I did like Helen’s voice though and the fact that Cook showed that getting revenge may not actually make you happier. Sometimes it’s better to concentrate your energy on yours ...more
I have to say, I was extremely skeptical when I finally picked it up from Chapters; but it had me hooked within minutes. The plot is extremely entertaining and relatable, and I think it perfectly captured the essence of a good YA book. If not for some boring descriptions//paragraphs without enough detail, I would totally rate it 5 stars. Regardless, I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to EVERYONE.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.