Clique Bait by Ann Valett — ARC Review

Clique Bait by Ann ValettSummary:

Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.

Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.

Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.

Review: 3.5 Stars

As soon as I heard of Clique Bait I knew that I was going to enjoy reading it. I love picking up a book like this every now and then and tend to pick them up when I’m n a verge of a reading slump because they’re always entertaining and easy reads. I expected this to be full of rich girl drama and I was even more excited that it was set at an elite private school. Clique Bait was a quick, entertaining read that also dove into how harmful bullying can truly be. I tore through this book pretty quickly and really enjoyed it.

I found all of the characters to be a bit superficial, which you tend to expect in books like this, but I had expected Chloe to have a bit more substance to her. All of her decisions seemed to be run by her need for revenge and not much else. I would have liked some flashbacks to her friendship with Monica so that I could at least understand why revenge was so important to her. The popular girls were sufficiently nasty, but not quite as bad as I expected them to be. I feel like a bit more character development could have done wonders for this book.

I didn’t really read too much of the blurb before diving into this book, so I was really thrilled with the revenge plot. It felt a bit like Mean Girls, where a girl infiltrates the popular clique in order to bring them down. While it definitely had some Mean Girls vibes, there were also many differences between this book and that movie. I didn’t know that there would be a fake romance as a part of the plot and I discovered that I really enjoy the whole idea of a fake romance. The bullying wasn’t as extreme as I had expected it to be, but you could definitely catch onto the hierarchy and admiration people had for the popular clique. The ending of the book wasn’t as powerful as I had expected it to be. I think it the story built up to it well, but then it just felt like it didn’t live up to what I had expected.

Overall I think it was an entertaining read that touched on some important topics, but it wasn’t great. I just expected a little more than what I got. I did enjoy the revenge plot and the fake romance, but it just felt like it was lacking a bit of substance. I did enjoy it though and read it really fast, so I will definitely be paying attention to what Ann Valet writes next.

 

 

 

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