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Revenge of the Sluts, by Natalie Walton

reading_robyn's review

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3.0

Due to the theme of this book, I really wanted to love it. And I really don’t know what it was about Eden that I couldn’t connect to but I just could not really feel her character. The message was strong though, slut shaming is wrong. There is nothing wrong with being sexually liberated and free and people who publicly shame those who express their sexuality freely should definitely have criminal consequences if they violate a persons privacy like in this book. I don’t understand why people can’t just let people be themselves. Why everyone has to be so judgmental all the time. Like I tell my preteen... get some business so you don’t have to mind everyone else’s.

a_bookish_ever_after's review

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3.0

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Eden is one of the leading journalists on her school newspaper and loves to find stories that mean something. So when private photos of multiple female students at her school are anonymously leaked to the entire school, Eden knows this is a story that needs to be covered. While researching the article, Eden discovers that not everyone thinks the girls are victims but instead believe it was their own fault and they had it coming. She gets to know the girls involved and learns about the backlash they have gotten from their parents, significant others, and classmates. Eden also learns that the school is more concerned with protecting their own reputation than finding the person responsible. So when the girls involved begin relieving more threatening emails, Eden know the person responsible needs to be found, and since the school is refusing to help, its falls to her and the other girls to figure it out.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous about reading this book when I first saw that it was a Wattpad book. But the description sounded intriguing and I decided to take a chance with the book. I am so glad I did. The book was interesting and addressed important issues in today's society, such as double standards and cyber-bullying. Eden and the "slut squad", which is how the girls involved refer to themselves, were great characters who were willing to fight for themselves and what is right, even when no one else would help. I was a little disappointed with who the culprit was but overall I enjoyed the book.

joannemiro1948's review

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reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

storieswithbee's review

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5.0

I had read this book before when it was still getting fleshed out on wattpad, and I LOVED back then, and that hasn’t changed. I was unable to put it down again, and it’s so much better than what I remember.

This book would be great for fans of the mystery genre, and also readers that love books that promote the empowerment of women.

The characters are so well fleshed out and developed, and I was inspired by the all female lead. I loved how in the face of adversity, the girls found strength in one another, especially when the schooling systems failed them, which unfortunately, isn’t all that uncommon in real life.

On top of the book being a fantastic and captivating story, this book deals with some incredibly relevant and heavy social issues that are all to common in today’s society, not only for teens but for adults too. It’s deals with the effects of social media, online bullying, photo sharing, revenge porn and more.

I think it’s important to see these themes, as difficult as they are to stomach, in popular fiction and in the general populations’ view so that these things can’t simply be ignored anymore. Women are taking back their right to feel strong, courageous and proud and this book is a gods damn testimony to that!

I was given this arc thanks to Natalie Walton and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

thisisnotastory_graph's review

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3.0

Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Revenge of the Sluts in exchange for an honest review.

After a mystery sender sends out nudes of 7 girls from completely different social groups, school newspaper journalist Eden decides to try and use her platform and detective skills to try and unmask the sender and get justice. I love that plot. I'm obsessed with that plot. And a lot of the things this book did were really well done (particularly Sloane. I'm in love with Sloane). The only reason I can't give it a higher rating is because this book kind of felt as if it was trying to reach some arbitrary would count. Especially the middle of the book is the same information being established and reestablished over and over again and it really took away from how strong this could have been.

bookishlesbian's review

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4.0

7,71 on CAWPILE

Tw / sexual volence, revenge porn

A good and important read all about the effects of revenge porn. I think the book is written in a way that is very easy to read even though it's a heavy subject. Favorite things were definitely The Slut Squad (Sloan a queen) also Atticus was a breath of fresh air around all these toxic males. The ending felt a litle rushed, I would have prefered it a little more fleshed out but overall a very good story.

eponine20's review

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3.0

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: After an email is send by “Eros” to all the students at St Joe High School with nudes from seven different girls, Eden, a reporter for the Weekly (the school’s journal) is chosen to cover the story. But quickly, she realizes that this is no ordinary topic. It is her duty to give a voice for the seven girls and to finally uncover who sent this awful email and most importantly, why?

For me, this book is a 3 or 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I was quite sceptical when I saw that it was a book from Wattpad, but this book did not disappoint and really shows the power that Wattpad holds. This book really gives important information surrounding “revenge porn” and the leakage of nudes in the US. It depicts pretty well the shame and sorrows of the victims. It also puts women at the centre of the story and gives them the voice they need in this world. I really loved how the girls were coming together to help each other. It was really heart-warming. Moreover, this book was easy to read. I think this book gives the right message for teenagers and young adults.

However, the mystery around Eros was quite obvious for me which was a bit disappointing. Also, this book might be targeted towards younger people, unlike me.

Overall, this was an interesting book. I would recommend it.

stp_reads's review

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4.0

First off, after reading the book, I find that the description isn't very accurate. Or at least my interpretration of it....

St. Joe's student body is sent an email with intimiate pictures of seven senior girls. While the story takes place in a high school, it touches on a lot of controversial/sensitive topics that we are now seeing in our society. And as if high school wasn't bad enough, girls can't seem to understand that there's no need to put each other down.

Eden and Ronnie, who run the school's newspaper, see the leak as an opportunity to write about a real story instead the frequent student profiles or sports articles. Eden is assigned to be the lead on the article and wants to give the girls a chance to talk about their experience but she hits a lot of hurdles. After publishing the first article, about the leak and some student quotes, St. Joe's administration isn't happy and decide to put a stop to the story.

As Eden continues her investigation and gets to know the seven girls, she finds herself sympathizing more and more with the situation the girls have to go through. And while she may not be part of the leak, her own experience sets something off in her and makes her want to give the girls their voices back even more.

Truth will out.

When it does, it's a bombshell and completely unexpected.

I came away feeling that girls should support one another instead of giving in to the pettiness that we tend to (or used to).

loveat1stwrite's review

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2.0

**An ARC of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The book really had so much potential, but I’m sorry to say that it didn’t live up to the execution. Without going into spoilers, I’ll be discussing specific topics of pros and cons below:

The Title. I think it’s supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and edgy, but at the end of the book it felt disingenuous. The “sluts” did not get “revenge,” so why call it that? I think I would have been less let-down by this book if it was more honest with itself and the title. My expectations were that all of the victims would team up and take down Eros together and (without getting into spoilers) that was not the plot of the book. I was happy with the way things ended, but definitely not prepared, given the title of the book. I’ll have to say that this was a con.

Eden. Despite the main character being Korean-American, her culture and background is completely overlooked and unrepresented. The ‘diversity’ felt like an empty gesture since it was mentioned mentioned once, maybe twice, and didn't become incorporated into Eden's personhood. While this had me disappointed from the get-go, I still continued through the book optimistic about how it would all turn out. Despite the lack of diversity represented, the characters and their motivations felt very well developed. Eden's social circle, her ex boyfriend, and the people she interviews all felt so real and it was quite well done world-building wise. Eden and Ronnie were reporters on a mission, and the ‘who-dun-it?’ aspect of the plot was very engaging. Eden’s growth and her bonding moments with the victims as she tried to raise their voices were all very touching and definitely a pro.

Atticus. In a story about revenge porn and how horrible it is that male social currency depends on sex and nudes, we received a likable male character to balance that out. Our world isn’t black and white, and I think that Walton tried to express that with Atticus becoming a strong member of Eden’s team. That being said, even this “pro” has some caveats. It felt like Atticus was only helping because he liked Sloane, one of the victims, and not because it was simply the right thing to do. Additionally, I think Walton missed an opportunity to include more guys on the “good” side. Jeremy and Kolton were also important male side characters and while they were never part of the problem they also never denounced the scandal or supported the victims. By not doing more with these other male characters, it kind of made Atticus ‘the one exception to the norm.’ Atticus being an exception to the rule doesn’t sit right with me and I’m disappointed that something like this wasn’t caught and fixed by beta readers before publication. Again, Atticus was still a "pro" but I feel like the gender dynamics of the book could have been more nuanced.

The Prose. There were definitely hang-ups in the prose itself. At points it felt like I was reading a lecture on revenge porn and not a young adult fiction novel. In the art form of literature, especially literature for young adults, there’s an important balance between educating your readers and still creating a captivating arc for your characters. Instead of a balance, there was a lot of uncomfortable teeter-tottering between rambling about unnecessary details and diving into lectures. I don’t want to blame the book too hard on this point, as there were some special-gem scenes hidden in the rough too. I think the most important moment, outside of the Eros-reveal-climax, was Eden’s discussion with a counselor. She thinks she’s conducting an interview but it results in Eden confiding about her own confusion and hurt over the situation, even though she’s not one of the Nudegate victims. I thought this was such an important topic to touch on, as trust and betrayal are not exclusive to grand gestures like Nudegate. Eden is allowed to be just as emotional about her situation even if she wasn’t a victim of her nudes being emailed to her entire school, and those feelings are validated. So could the prose have been better? Yes, but centralizing the topic of revenge porn and addressing slut-shaming is absolutely a step in the right direction for young adult literature.

eggbeater's review

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challenging dark emotional mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Though the title is catchy and humorous, the subject matter is serious and I like the way it is being addressed in this book. I was not even aware that revenge porn is not considered a crime in certain states yet. The story was well plotted and it made excellent points. I think high schoolers would get a lot from it. It catches attention, holds it, and provokes thought. I think it could have used a tighter editor to catch little mistakes. I am looking forward to discussing this topic with my book club.