Foul is Fair
Author: Hannah Capin
Expected Publication Date: February 4, 2020
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Elle and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.
Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
I was engrossed in the book from the very beginning. I found myself thinking about it at work and couldn’t wait for my lunch breaks so I could read a few more chapters. I saw somewhere that this was a mashup of Kill Bill and the #metoo movement and I couldn’t agree more. Before I say anymore, please make sure that you are in the best headspace for this book. This is full of things that might be triggering for people. The author has included a full list of trigger warnings at her website, https://www.hannahcapin.com/foulisfair.
This follows the aftermath after Elle who now goes by Jade was sexually assaulted at a party. She wants revenge in the worst way and her friends vow to help her get it. This was a very bloody and violent tale. Full of terrible people and manipulation so strong that it’ll shock you. Full of writing that was both lyrical and chilling.
I couldn’t help but root for Jade. Her character was morally gray but, but you can’t picture her any other way. I became obsessed with her and reading about how far she would go to get her revenge. As much as I was obsessed with Jade, the friendship here was my favorite thing about this book.
“My beautiful deadly girls with their loyalty so strong nothing could break it.”
They called themselves a coven and I can’t help but agree that it sounds pretty accurate. Their loyalty to each other was so astonishing. I need some friends like this. They are the people you picture when you need help to hide a body. Their endless and open love for each other was beautiful. Between these girls, we get a diverse group of people. Good POC and trans rep. I seriously want to be accepted into this group of friends.
While I loved this story and what it represents, I have to admit that this has a lot of things that would never happen or don’t make sense. A lof things just fell into place so quickly or too perfectly at times. There were also a couple of times that I felt like I skipped a page or had to reread something.
Despite my issues of it being believable 100% of the time, I loved it. If you want something gritty and full of revenge then pick this up. Seriously, put on some music that makes you feel like a bad b**** and head to your bookstore when this release.
TW: graphic violence & death; sexual assault; manipulation; transphobia; sucide; abusive relationships
I received an ARC via the publisher for an honest review. Quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.