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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Revenge Stories in YA Lit

I love a good revenge story. I'm not the type of person who supports revenge in real life. My philosophy is more "Life is short" and "Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." I know, that second one's a mouthful. Even though it isn't my personal philosophy, I have to admit that I find revenge stories - in books, television, and movies - pretty addicting. 

There's something so compelling about the bad guy getting what's coming to them, but, perhaps more interesting, is the psychological aftermath that most characters seeking revenge endure.

Below are 3 YA revenge stories that you can check out now, plus one that's out next year!

Have you read books that fit into this category that I've missed? Let me know!

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Penguin - May 2015

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

 I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore
Penguin - April 2015

She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.

And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.

Anyone… except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Macmillan - May 2014

Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don't hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she's someone else. As though the summer wasn't complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn's first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
HarperCollins - Forthcoming, 2016

The novel, a contemporary thriller, follows a girl who seeks revenge on the boy who ruined her sister's life, but who finds herself falling for the one guy who's off limits, and is blackmailed by a stalker who knows her secret.

Have you read books that fit into this category that I've missed? Let me know!


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