Book Review Of “The Spite Game” By Anna Snoekstra @HarperCollins #MiraBooks
Everyone does bad things when no one is watching
Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.
First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.
Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancé. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down.
Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slip up and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Mira Books (Harper Collins) for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
This is one of those books that walks a very fine line between Young Adult, and Adult Thrillers. Half the book is when Ava was a teenager, and written as such, the other half is when Ava is an adult, and written as such. But sometimes the lines blurred, and I had to remind myself that I was reading about the present Ava, not the high-School Ava. I also want to say, (In my own opinion) that the reason Ava seeks “revenge” is very petty. To carry on years and years of anger and to destroy the lives of the three women was a bit much. Yes it was an a$$hole thing they did, but for me, it just wasn’t enough.
That being said, I still really enjoyed the book. It was a fast paced read, there was something about Snoekstra’s writing that I just really appreciated. Her plot wasn’t convoluted, wasn’t a slow burn, from the very first chapter, I was totally addicted, I wanted to know more, and it wasn’t necessarily wanting to know more about Ava and the girls, I wanted to know more about Ava. If you have read the book, there is an incident that occurs when Ava is 17. That is what I wanted to know more about. I was left wanting to know more about it too, even after finishing the book. I finished 75% of this book that first day I picked it up, and then wasn’t able to read very much for the next few days, but I was dying to know how it all panned out. Did I like the ending, yes. Did I feel the punishment was appropriate? Hmmm, maybe not so much. But I definitely do recommend this book, and I especially really enjoyed the way this book was narrated.