This Week’s Win: The Revenge Playbook

revenge playbook
The Real Deflategate.

Even though this won’t be hanging in the Met any day ever, this is still a great book cover:

  • It’s simple and gets to the point.
  • The title is clear as day. Is it meant to be pink chalk or pink lipstick? Doesn’t matter, still love it.
  • Props to the designer — presumably someone part of the in-house creative team at HarperCollins — for adding the bit of air smoke billowing out.
    • Logical Me says, “you wouldn’t be able to see that air!”.
    • Salesperson Me says, “but how else will customers know what’s going on?”
    • Real Me says, “I wonder if that football would make a fart noise if it were squeezed?”

Thank you for avoiding:

  • A girl (or girls) look across the book cover towards a boy (or boys) with angry yet playful looks on their faces.
  • Football jerseys and helmets. This is great because because sports mascot and colors are something people take very seriously, and you don’t want to alienate any sports-balling-type-folk.
  • Boys or girls leaning against each other. You know what I’m talking about.

Honestly, my only note: The author’s name could be a little more visible. Still, solid A. I’m 99% sure I know what the book is about without reading the description:

  • A group of girls get revenge on a group of guys, obviously football players.
  • The football players are smug, cocky jerks who are used to being worshipped and getting their way.
  • I’m guessing the football players cheated on their girlfriends? Or a single football player cheated on many girlfriends?
  • But one of the football players isn’t so bad.
  • These girls use their feminine wiles to distract and lure the football players, with hilarious and meaningful results.

And the actual description…

The Revenge Playbook > Description

Don’t get mad, get even!

In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect. In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to tech the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.


Okay, so the publisher smartly did not give too much away in the synopsis, but I think I did pretty well. The “one thing the boys hold sacred” part does intrigue me quite a bit…

One last thought: This is a good cover because it can appeal to not just teens, but also adults. It could easily be a “chick lit” title for women.

The Revenge Playbook
Rachael Allen
June 16, 2015
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