I've been swimming in a sea of romance novels recently, rarely venturing out of my safe little HEA bubble. It's my own fault: I've been trying to do revisions on my work work (most of which is romance) and needed to submerge myself in the realm of all things heart-eyes. Taking a break from writing, I've been carving out a bent in my TBR pile, many of which are books from Wattpad writers. Some I've hated, others I've felt indifferent, and some draw me in to the point that I just can't get enough.
Clique Bait by Ann Valett falls into the final category.
It is the perfect mix of revenge, the battle between good and evil (high school version) and a little touch of (somewhat expected) romance all blended together into a captivating page turner that I finished in 3 days.
Curious? Here is the blurb (courtesy of GOODREADS):
Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.
Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.
Chloe is relatable, and determined, but far from perfect. She messes up, walking the delicate tightrope between social royalty and obscurity, all under a veil of blackmail. You go through most of the book wondering exactly what happened to bff Monica, and only find out in the final quarter of the story what drove Chloe towards her mission.
The one thing I didn't get was this: if Monica treated Chloe so badly in those final months, why go to all the trouble to avenge her? Maybe it's me, but if someone shunned me, and chose popularity over years of friendship, I can't say I would risk social expulsion and torment to bring down those I felt wronged her.
But I'll admit it made for an amazing book, filled with situations I am pretty sure many teens now days face. The categories of the social hierarchy was perfectly executed, and gave a visual to the delicate balance of high school.
If you want mystery, vengeance, and twists and turns, this book is for you!