Reviews for Revenge of the Sluts, by Natalie Walton

birdiesbooktopia's review

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4.0

This book really went beyond my expectations! My review will be published on my blog approx a week before the release date (2020, 2 February!) but I can already tell you that this book just can't get underrated! The character's voices need to be heard, so put this on your tbr!!

helenfarch's review

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challenging emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

You are sitting in class one day at school, and suddenly everyone’s phones start pinging with alerts.  Someone has sent out an email to all the students at your school.  An email that contains nude selfies of a number of female students.  Female students who thought they were safe sending those photos to their partners. 
 
Suddenly those girls are the sluts of the school.  The boys who asked for the photos?  They suffer no consequences.  The school - what are they doing about it?  Nothing.  All the girls were over 18 years old so it is not a police matter in your state.  
 
Now imagine you are the lead reporter at your school’s newspaper.  What do you do?  Do you write about the unfair situation these girls find themselves in, despite clear instructions to not do so from the school’s principal?  Do your risk your schooling and possibly the future of the newspaper to do what you think is right? 
 
This is the story of Eden, the reporter and the girls who have had their private photos viewed by the whole school.  This is the story of victim blaming, privacy and relationships in the digital age. 
 
As a parent I found this a confronting read.  I wanted to hug the girls, tell the boys to grow up and yell at the school administration for letting their students down. 
 
This is a story every young person should read and ask themselves is it really worth sending those photos, do you really want to be in a relationship with someone who demands them? 

rylanneburdette's review

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3.0

Trigger warnings for cyberbullying, harassment, revenge porn.

When an email gets sent to the entire student body of St. Joseph's High School that includes revealing photos of several girls in the senior class, Eden and her friends intend to figure out who could have done such a thing. Eden uses her journalistic skills to interview students and put together the pieces of the story with the help of several of the victims who have named themselves the Slut Squad. They are determined to catch the person behind the email while also bringing justice to the girls involved.

While I do believe Revenge of the Sluts had a great premise and themes throughout the story, it fell short for me overall. I loved the characters and watching the girls fight for what they believed in, but I just felt the story drag for the first 60% or so. Once I hit that mark, I was able to fly through the rest of the story because I was finally invested, but I just didn't feel like anything really happened for the first part of the story aside from the email getting sent. There was also way too much "telling" what was going on rather than providing visuals through descriptions, which kept me from really getting sucked into the story or captivated by it. It was just okay for me in the end!

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad Books for the ARC of Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton!

lydiahephzibah's review

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5.0

I love Nat Walton and I loved this too - it kinda gave me American Vandal vibes? (But more serious, of course - this isn't dicks on cars, this is the unsolicited mass sharing of teenage girls' naked photos). This was a thought provoking read that had me infuriated, and made me remember a lot of awful behaviour that happened around me in secondary school. I loved how believably high school this was too - I often find 17/18 year old protagonists either sound way too old or way too young but Nat hit the nail on the head here!

chloemc99's review

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5.0



Revenge of the Sluts
by Natalie Walton
5/5 stars

-Netgalley Arc-

An email has been sent out to every student at St. Joes, containing explicit images of several different girls. Why would anyone want to do that? And why isn’t the school doing more to help these girls?
Eden works for the school newspaper, and despite everything going against her, she will continue to write and fight for the girls who were impacted until there is justice.

‘Imagine seeing that email and thinking you have the right to get mad at the girls’
‘These people will go and call me a slut for doing exactly what they wanted me to do in the first place’

This is a book that should be on everyone’s TBR, it is very much relatable in this day and age where social media is such a big and growing thing. Where girls are constantly being judge for what they post and being labeled as ‘sluts’
Even though these characters are fictional, it felt as though I was reading from every girl who has ever been a victim of having their private photos leaked
Highly recommend saving this one to your tbr for when it’s released in February!

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mithah's review

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emotional inspiring fast-paced

4.5

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I loved this book! It was full of bad ass teens taking back their power after they had been wronged. I loved the journalism angle of it. I loved the Slut Squad!! I think they were my favorite characters. Great read! 

eggcellentreads's review

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mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.25

zoyaboguska's review

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5.0

this book is so important. i love it so much

mabookyard's review

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emotional inspiring mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes

3.75

It's been ages since I read any YA mystery fiction books. The last time I read one, I hated it, so I stayed away from them for a while. I received a copy of RotS from @netgalley and I'm so glad I read it. Surprisingly, this has made me realize why I love mysteries so much! 
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My Rating: [🌟🌟🌟.75]
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Revenge of the Sluts follows our main character Eden, as she tries to uncover the mystery of an exposing e-mail that has affected the lives of 7 girls, as a lead reporter for her school paper. It's a story about how Eden grows as a character and as a reporter when lives of her friends are involved, and how everyone fights for what they want and what's right. It's a very triggering topic, so make sure to read the blurb and TW before you start 
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First, I absolutely loved the way the book started. That intro scene set the mood to the whole story and I was sucked in right away. The character portrayal of Eden was done in a way that it wasn't offensive when she thought about her paper more than the girls, but in a way that showed she was fighting in their behalf. Second, The seven girls squad was an amazing addition and one of my favorite characters in this book was definitely Sloane. She not only took charge of the situation, but she overcame her own inhibitions and helped the other girls who were struggling with the accusations and exposure. I hoped for a pov from her, but it's okay. I still enjoyed reading about her through Eden. 
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The character and story development was done well. Although the plot was kinda predictable, it made up for it by the writing style and the characters. For the first book, the author has done an amazing job with the pacing, development and the ending. I personally liked how the book ended. I had few issues with certain scenes and the way something was discussed, but I think overall, it was a solid read and I definitely recommend if you are looking for a good YA mystery fiction!! 
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Thank you @wattpadbooks and @netgalley for the e-review copy! 
Kindle/ Arc/ Netgalley/ January 2021

wildandbarefoot's review

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5.0

Revenge of the Sluts - The first book getting published by author Natalie Walton, and boy does she know how to make a debut! Revenge of the Sluts is one of those stories that stays by you, one that you need a while to recover from because it makes such an impact. This story is incredibly relevant in today's climate. Seven female high school students who's nudes get leaked and a school paper editor who covers the story but becomes an alley and gives the girls a platform.

I love how empowering this story is. I especially love Eden and Sloan. Two characters who don't seem to fully trust in their own potential, but become the advocates and support for so many more than just the Slut Squad. It's definitely a 5-star read for me!

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC copy.