Saturday, March 20, 2021

Book Review: "Revenge of the Sluts" by Natalie Walton

Natalie Walton's Revenge of the Sluts (awesome title) is a totally compelling, thought-provoking high school drama and a commentary on how young women are treated for being sexually active and confident.

“It all started with a pair of boobs. More specifically, a photo of Sloane Mayer’s.”

One morning an anonymous email is sent to all students at St. Joseph’s High School. The email includes nude photos of seven female students. These are photos they took at one point and sent to someone, but they never intended them for public consumption.

The school is in an uproar. While many feel these girls have had their privacy violated and don’t understand who would do this and why, others believe that it’s the girls' own fault for taking such photos, for being sexually active. Among the worst culprits of this philosophy are many male students, who think it’s great they get these pictures from girls but don’t have any problem sharing them or other lurid details with their peers.

Eden Jeong is the executive editor of the school newspaper, and she is assigned coverage of “Nudegate.” She’s amazed at the different attitudes of people toward this scandal—even the girls themselves—and wants to get to the bottom of it. But it appears even the school doesn’t want to figure out the truth—they want it all to go away and they don’t want the paper to cover it. Eden also has to resolve her own feelings about this issue and her own fears, too.

What ensues with Revenge of the Sluts is a terrific story—a little bit of mystery and a little bit of commentary on double standards. I really thought this was great—high school drama always appeals to me—and it’s sad how skewed people’s thinking still is in this day and age.

I enjoyed being on the blog tour for Revenge of the Sluts. Storygram Tours and Wattpad Books provided me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

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