ABOUT THE BOOK
BOOK: Revenge of the Sluts
AUTHOR: Natalie Walton
PUBLISHER: Wattpad Books
GENRE: Teen Fiction
Double standards are about to get singled out.
In this stunning debut, author Natalie Walton tackles privacy and relationships in the digital age.
As a lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph’s High School. And when intimate pictures of seven female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it.
In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls “brought it on themselves.” Even worse, the school’s administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students.
With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the seven young women themselves. Banding together to find the perpetrator, the tables are about to be turned. The Slut Squad is fighting back!
The first chapter starts from the main story, which is, schoolwide spread of an email containing private pictures of seven senior class girls. No premise building, no beating around the bush, which is great.
The pace of the story is good enough to keep the readers interested enough to read ahead.
The story is set in a high school for rich kids in Massachussets. So we meet teen rich brats who have no care of the consequences of their actions, rebels, bullies and the bullied.
Coming to the protagonist, Eden. She is a journalist. In fact, the executive editor of the school newspaper. But she is not fiesty as a journalist is expected to be. She is driven, no doubt, she strives to bring the truth to the readers but she cannot fight properly. She needs someone beside her, like Ronnie, the Editor-in-chief of the said newspaper. She is not a leader material.
Also, Eden doesn’t contribute much to the revelation of the email sender that has put the school atmosphere into a frenzy. She is just seen running around with her phone to record statements from the students. Characters like Sloane, one the seven ‘sluts’, did much of the action in this scenario. Ronnie fought with the administration to keep publishing about the email case.
But not much character development is seen in the book. Also, the climax, when everything is revealed was not so titilating. Not so exciting. Landed up to be same old teen drama and jealousy.
However, the fact that revenge porn is rampant and there is no properly law against it in the state of Massachussets, needed to be made aware of and the story has done that nicely.
Thank you Wattpad Books and Smith Publicity for the ARC.