Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood” as Want to Read:
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,374 ratings  ·  300 reviews

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

Hardcover, 261 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published December 14th 2009)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.73  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,374 ratings  ·  300 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
“Revenge is a tricky thing. I wanted Lauren to pay, but pay in a very particular way. For example, it might be momentarily satisfying to do one of the following:

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
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Helen Worthington and Lauren Wood were the best of friends. They did everything thing together, and they shared each others secrets. They both had dreams, but they both shared the same dream: to be popular. Helen thinks Lauren is her best friend but when Lauren has to choose between popularity and Helen she chooses popularity and humiliates Helen so bad that she has to move to New York just to live it down. Now, Lauren is a senior and is the queen bee of her High School and has forgotten all ab ...more
This book struck very close to one of my own personal issues and set of values. A best friend is sacred and deserves your loyalty and protection. You don’t betray your best friend and throw her to the wolves. You don’t add to her misery. There’s a special kind of hell for people who betray and cheat and lie and hurt others for their own gain.

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’
Wendy Darling
Entertaining, even though if it is a little too reminiscent of MEAN GIRLS...and with too rushed of an ending. I'd check out other books by this author when I'm in the mood for a quick read.
Anastasia Garcia
Feb 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This book ended up being so-so. Not to cut-throat like I assumed a revenge book would be, but not entirely passive like a YA book would be.

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.

Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
In A Nutshell:
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
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book didn't really do anything for me. It was just okay. It started off strong, and I really hated Lauren and felt empathy for Helen. I wanted Helen to ruin her life as much as she did. But as the book went on, it started to lose its spark. It started to dull. I started to get bored by the end. At first I was scared about what would happen if Lauren found out "Claire" was actually Helen. I stopped caring.

I didn't care about that film boy either. I can't even remember his name. Christopher?
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i choose this book because i thought it would be really nice and good to read. i thought i wont like it at all because it didnt look that good in start. but at the end it was great.

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
Ellianna Hoxha
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Over the summer, I read many books but by far Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook was my favorite. In this young adult novel, one of the main characters, Helen, a nerdy unpopular girl in eighth grade gets betrayed by Lauren Wood, someone who she was best friends with since preschool. In their final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren spreads a rumor about Helen where the whole school begins to dislike her. This forces Helen to change schools. At her new school, she has many friends and she g ...more
Steph Su
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
GETTING REVENGE ON LAUREN WOOD is a surprisingly engaging read, the classic tale of revenge translated perfectly into the modern high school setting of popularity and backstabbing. With swift, smart writing and a plot that’s never boring, this book is perfect for anyone who loves the movie Mean Girls and/or were floored by the way that Alexandre Dumas set up the intricate and unbeatable revenge plan in The Count of Monte Cristo.

I love when authors successfully write “mean girls” who are realisti
3.5 stars. Having just read The List and not giving it a super high rating, I was actually pleased with how Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood dealt with the mean girl issue. I do admit that there are moments that are pure fluff, but at least these characters had a bit more depth and the story telling was much more approachable and entertaining. Once upon a kindergarten sand box Lauren and Helen were BFF's. But right before High School begins Lauren drops Helen and makes it so that she is a complete ...more
alisha ♡
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3 stars: it was okay. This is like the perfect book for a movie adaption of a cheesy early 2000’s teenage rom-com. Not my favourite, it was cringe, the writing was nothing special and the characters were okay, but not developed enough. I did love Christopher’re typical indie bad boy. I think 12 year old me would have loved this book. But overall, the main character was more of an shallow, obsessive, stalker teen who really did need to focus herself more, which she did realise event ...more
Max Baker
Want to know the truth about the whole "Time heals all wounds" bullshit? It's technically true. As the clock ticks forward, the anger and frustration and fear and sadness you felt eventually fades. But, it doesn't fade away. At least, not completely.

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
Kelly Hager
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Helen and Lauren were best friends since birth. Sure, Lauren was a high-maintenance friend, but Helen thinks it's worth it. Until Lauren sells her out for popularity. (And when I say "sells her out," I mean "betrays her and ruins her life.") It's so bad that Helen's family moves to another state. Flash forward several years. Helen's lost a ton of weight and is now pretty and semi-popular at her New York school. And then her parents drop the bombshell: they have a great job opportunity which mean ...more
Taylor N
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was my first experience with Eileen Cook and it definitely won't be my last! Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood was an intriguing and well written novel and left me unable to put it down until the last page.

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
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood is like Mean Girls, in book form.

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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-11-read
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood is the classic tale of getting revenge in high school. It's full of the key points to any modern high school revenge story: popularity, backstabbing, and, of course, revenge; but with its own unique twist. It's an engaging read topped off with great writing, an addictive plot, and lots of humor-there were several times I laughed out loud while reading, something that rarely happens for me.
The first thing that drew me in was the cover. I fell in love with it the mom
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is called getting Revenge on Lauren Woods The reason why i chose this book is because it is about High school Teen problems and i'm into that kind of stuff. The genre of this book is fiction. The setting take place in a high school. The main character is helen worthington and she is a bit of a hand full. she isnt the most popular girl in school and she has a little amount of friends.This book is about getting revenge on what lauren did to helen. helen and lauren were walking around and ...more
Morgan F
I most likely wouldn't have read this book if it wasn't offered to me free. But the title was so blunt and the cover so funny that I couldn't turn it down. I went into this book expecting nothing more than your typical shallow chick-lit.

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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: C

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
A Canadian Girl
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I found Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, an older Eileen Cook novel, to be a bit more enjoyable. Although I couldn’t understand why Helen would still hold a grudge against Lauren years after having moved away, I’m always game for a story involving revenge. Unfortunately, Helen’s revenge tactics turned out to be pretty petty.

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
Pretty good book. Not the greatest but still pretty entertaining. It was quite refreshing to read a story from a girls pov that, while there was romance involved, wasn't all about a relationship. At times the writing was cheesy and cliched but at others a little profound, or at least Cook attempted to be profound. All in all it was a decent book, however it did seem quite short. And the climax between Lauren and Helen just seemed a little lacking. I didn't expect forgiveness or hair pulling. But ...more
Elizabeth Nygren
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. As how I always love Eileen Cook's books. Anyhow, I read it in like a day and it was really thought provoking. Throughout the middle and beginning of the book, I really hated 'Helen' or 'Claire', the protagonist. But at the end, she grew and I really enjoyed. Brenda and Christopher were two awesome stable characters. All in all, a really good book. I liked Kyla and Bailey, as they were both decent girls. It was just the infamous Lauren Wood that had to be a real piece o ...more
Gretty Garcia
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is very witty and funny, yet charming and teaches a very valuable lesson. It is about a girl who got humiliated by her childhood best friend and even has to move. She then moves back completely changed and tries to ruin her friends life. On the other hand, towards the end, her best friend finds out. The ending is very charming, and ends with the main character telling her old best friend to take care of herself. It taught me an important lesson through very well written literature, and ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
this was "mean girls" in book form, except not as funny or believable, and with a super abrupt ending. reasonably entertaining fluffer of a read, though. i have to admit that part of the reason i picked it up is that i'm in pretty little liars withdrawal and it has the image of the doll on the cover. suckered!
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
From the publisher's summary, "Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy," I expected something along the lines of the Pretty Little Liars series.

This is much tamer and even more fun. I really enjoyed it.

Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beyond hilarious. Very similar to Mean Girls, but still entirely distinct. Awesome writing. I aspire to write like this.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Lily Hearn - Mrs Sodano 1 2 Jun 25, 2017 07:29PM  
Play Book Tag: Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook - 3 stars 2 7 Apr 28, 2016 05:21AM  
Who has read this book? 2 4 May 25, 2014 05:14PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • They All Fall Down
  • Clique Bait
  • Dead Girls Society
  • All the Rage
  • People Like Us
  • How to Be Popular
  • Invitation Only (Private, #2)
  • Grown
  • By the Book
  • Misbehaving (Sea Breeze, #6)
  • Stephanie's Ponytail
  • Getting Lost with Boys
  • Levitating Las Vegas
  • Finding Paris
  • The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs
  • The Lipstick Laws
  • His Kiss
  • Love Story
See similar books…
Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


Related Articles

If you love discovering great stories from new voices, then the past few months have been quite a treat in the world of young adult fiction!...
40 likes · 42 comments
“Old movies are black-and-white; they’ve got good guys and bad guys. The thing was, I didn’t want to live in the past anymore. It was time for my life to go full color.” 10 likes
“Karma is a bitch, bitch.” 8 likes
More quotes…