Title: Breaking the Rules of Revenge
Author: Samantha Bohrman
Category/Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 11th, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen (Crush)
Mallory Jones is tired of being the girl who stays home and practices French horn while her identical twin, Blake, is crowned homecoming queen. So when she has the opportunity to pretend to be Blake, she takes it. At Camp Pine Ridge, she will spread her wings and emerge a butterfly. Or at least someone who finally gets kissed by a cute guy. That is, until bad boy Ben Iron Cloud shows up, ready to get revenge on Blake—aka Mallory.
If it weren’t for that infuriating girl, Ben wouldn’t even be at camp. Luckily, he now has six weeks to soak up some rays and get even with his nemesis. But the more time he spends with Blake, the more he realizes she’s nothing like the girl he thought she was—she’s kind and innocent and suddenly way too tempting. And soon enough, revenge is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, the girl he’s falling for is keeping a major secret…
Disclaimer: This book contains a super-hot bad boy out for revenge, all sorts of camp hijinks, and a girl who realized she’s been a butterfly all along.
3.5 “Twins & Summer Camp” Stars
ARC via NetGalley. Thank you, Entangled Teen (Crush)!
I’m hardly ever disappointed by Entangled Teen, and Breaking the Rules of Revenge was another good example of how cute their contemporary romance titles can be.
A fan of everything twin-related and the hate to love trope, I was immediately drawn to the premise. In Breaking the Rules of Revenge, we have Mallory and Blake, twin sisters who swap roles so invisible Mallory can fulfill her wish to be popular Blake for a few weeks, while her sister gets away from going to summer camp.
One of the things I liked about this story was the twin’s relationship. It wasn’t the cliché I sorted of expected it to be. Blake and Mallory weren’t the typical inseparable, best friend’s forever twins. Neither were they enemies. While it became clear early on that Blake was the selfish person who was used to getting her way and having people follow her lead, she wasn’t portrayed as a villain. It would’ve been easy to make her this super nasty person who bullied her bookworm sister, but I didn’t get that vibe from the story. What I got were two flawed teen sisters.
Since this is told from Mallory’s POV, we get to see her grow a lot more than her twin, although Blake gets to redeem herself a little in the end. For Mallory, acting as her sister provided her the opportunity to find herself. I liked how she slowly grew comfortable in her own skin, and even though the romance was a big part of the plot, I still didn’t feel like she came to accept herself because of someone else (a boy). I think it had more to do with the fact that she realized being her sister wasn’t as easy or perfect as she thought it would be.
As to the romance, I liked Mallory and Ben together, but I almost wished there had been a little more drama. With the hate to love thing going on initially, all the pranks and the secret Mallory was keeping, I expected a little more angst than I got. They were cute and sweet together, but I still expected more chemistry.
I also wish we would’ve seen a little more of Zoe and George, because I loved how they were such good friends to both Ben and Mallory.
Overall, this proved that whenever I’m in a mood for some teen romance I can count on Entangled Teen Crush to give me something quick and sweet.
Guest review contributed by U.S. – Brazil Book Review. As a book review diplomat of sorts, this blogger reviews books in English and Portuguese. If there’s romance in the book, she’s probably loving it.