The Spite Game
Everyone does bad things when no one is watchingMercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancé. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down. Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slipup and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.

The Spite Game Details

TitleThe Spite Game
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherMira Books
ISBN-139780778369967
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

The Spite Game Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This has got to be the most fun book I've BR with Dennis (@scaredstraightreads) to date. We both started the same morning, and both finished that same evening within minutes of each other. Just call us N'SYNC. Both of us had been craving a certain type of book lately; it didn't have to be perfect, just compulsive in nature and entertaining to no end. Guys, this was the perfect novel to pick up in meeting those criteria. It wasn't perfect, and I can see why it won't be for some readers, but if yo This has got to be the most fun book I've BR with Dennis (@scaredstraightreads) to date. We both started the same morning, and both finished that same evening within minutes of each other. Just call us N'SYNC. Both of us had been craving a certain type of book lately; it didn't have to be perfect, just compulsive in nature and entertaining to no end. Guys, this was the perfect novel to pick up in meeting those criteria. It wasn't perfect, and I can see why it won't be for some readers, but if you're open minded to a different feel of storytelling, this may be the book for you!The plot is pretty detailed on the synopsis, and there's actually not much of a mystery here to solve, which places The Spite Game in a different category than I originally thought it would. You pretty much know everything that is going to happen in this book upfront, just not with the gritty details filled in. This particular reason was why I enjoyed TSG so much I reckon; there was no worrying about trying to be fooled with a whodunnit, I simply got to sit back and turn the pages while Ms. Snoekstra did the rest. This was my third read from her and I've come to realize I've enjoyed everything she has to offer so far. I’m really surprised that this book has a relatively low overall average rating on GR. I may be way off base, but I certainly enjoyed the wild ride it offered. Perhaps the almost YA feel it provides isn’t appealing to the exclusively adult fiction crowd, but if you are open to flashbacks being narrated by 17-18 year olds, you may find this one to be the compulsive, nasty little gem of an escape that I did. Highly recommended as a compulsive, read it in one sitting, kinda book. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I have really enjoyed previous books by Anna Snoekstra and this one jumped out at me and I couldn't wait to read it. It did not let me down, although it wasn,t as good as her previous book Little Secrets. It was a fun, fast but at times disturbing read with some very nasty characters.We all know the mean girls at school. These 3 girls were just hideous! But at school Ava wanted nothing more than to be friends with them, the popular girls. Time and time again she let them make fun of her and bull I have really enjoyed previous books by Anna Snoekstra and this one jumped out at me and I couldn't wait to read it. It did not let me down, although it wasn,t as good as her previous book Little Secrets. It was a fun, fast but at times disturbing read with some very nasty characters.We all know the mean girls at school. These 3 girls were just hideous! But at school Ava wanted nothing more than to be friends with them, the popular girls. Time and time again she let them make fun of her and bully her. We learn about this time at school through flashbacks. Ava is unable to put the past behind her and sets out to get revenge. Thanks to Harlequin - Mira and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Ava's world came tumbling down when she befriended the three mean girls of her high school class. Saanvi, Cass, and Mel were the trio of trouble in their school hierarchical order. After Ava helps Mel by sabotaging someone who has wronged her, the group invites her into their social circle. Never really feeling fully immersed into the group, Ava questions the dynamic between the clique. After one night of partying, the girls decide to backstab Ava, and destroy her social life completely. Ava is Ava's world came tumbling down when she befriended the three mean girls of her high school class. Saanvi, Cass, and Mel were the trio of trouble in their school hierarchical order. After Ava helps Mel by sabotaging someone who has wronged her, the group invites her into their social circle. Never really feeling fully immersed into the group, Ava questions the dynamic between the clique. After one night of partying, the girls decide to backstab Ava, and destroy her social life completely. Ava is now a target of habitual bullying, not only by Cass, Saanvi, and Mel, but also by the student body. Ava's high school career is coming to a close, but she will have to live with this pain for the rest of her life. Ava is now older, wiser, and more cunning. She has decided to show these frienemies of hers that what happens in the past can shape your future and she is out for revenge. As she watches in the shadows, Ava starts gathering as much information about Saanvi, Cass, and Mel, so she can destroy them. The Spite Game is one of those psychological suspense novels that knowing less about is important. Don't read too much into the plot, because the best thing about this book is that the slowly developing suspense builds as each chapter goes on. It gets extremely gripping and utterly suspense-filled once you get into the action, and it will hold your attention until the end. After reading countless YA novels dealing with high school theatrics, The Spite Game is high school drama story that I've been looking for. It handles very mature content expertly, but also doesn't go in too deep where it becomes a crazy emotional attachment. This book is super fast paced and fun, but you need to be careful as you read along. The book does several time jumps, from the past to the present, without letting the reader know how it happens. It can easily be lost in translation if you aren't fully paying attention. I definitely feel like this book is a perfect addition for those who enjoy Ruth Ware, and BA Paris—Anna Snoekstra, you have a fan in me! Thank you MIRA Books for providing my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. The Spite Game will be released October 30, 2018.
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  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    January 1, 1970
    Boom! In my long list of my Top 18 Reads of 2018!I read this cover to cover over a few hours, one of those great books that lets you delve into it until you come back up for air. Riveting.I don’t know what genre this falls into. It’s got early YA elements in it as teenagers are the focus but as the characters grow into young women it’s more of a psychological thriller with some dark overtones.You know that gang of girls in high school that other girls yearned to be friends with? The ones that ev Boom! In my long list of my Top 18 Reads of 2018!I read this cover to cover over a few hours, one of those great books that lets you delve into it until you come back up for air. Riveting.I don’t know what genre this falls into. It’s got early YA elements in it as teenagers are the focus but as the characters grow into young women it’s more of a psychological thriller with some dark overtones.You know that gang of girls in high school that other girls yearned to be friends with? The ones that even if they treated you like shit, sometimes they were nice to you and you grabbed onto that like a lifeline. Yeah, let some of them here.This book features the darkest, mean side of girls that sadly is very real out there. The ones who target the weak, the different, the pudgy girl in PE who doesn’t want to get changed as she knows they’ll laugh at her rolls of fat she can’t shift.I don’t know about you but I knew a bunch of girls who made my life hell in high school (the ones who wanted to FB friend me like nothing happened years later..umm no). I fantasised about their demise, sweet revenge, making them feel like crap like I did.This book both had me loving the main character Ava and then fearing her, having her confuse me then wanting to hug her. In fact all characters are really well done. I really felt I got to know each one, dark sides and all. It’s a book that both fascinated me and kept me desperate for the next chapter. It was fresh and different. I’ve read a lot of psych thrillers this year, all good but this has been put in the long list of my Top 18 Books of 2018. I like the author’s writing style, I love the imagination put into it, the twists that are subtle yet shocking at the same time. Nothing fluffy about this tale at all. It’s really a book that hooks you in.Mean girls.Just what do their lives hold beyond high school? What do the ones who suffered with their bullying and psychological torment wonder about them now? Do THEY feel guilt? Dear reader, you’ll need to get it to find out.Don’t be fooled this is no typical bullying tale. Oh no, it’s SO much more than that!I highly recommend this one. I think any reader could enjoy it and many, like me will read it in one sitting. Tell me how the ending made you feel once you read it okay? 5 stars, get this on your to-read list for sure!Many thanks to the publisher, Mira Books for an ARC. All review opinions are my own and totally unbiased.Join me on Facebook and Twitter for book reviews, author launch events, competitions to win books and bookish things galore.www.facebook.com/BookloverCatladywww.twitter.com/promotethatbook
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I have read by Anna Snoekstra and I was definitely impressed. When I read the synopsis of this book I knew I just had to read it, as it sounds like the type of psychological thriller book that I would just love and devour. I was right!This book takes you on a journey with a woman named Ava. Bullied relentlessly and embarrassed to no end in high school, Ava exacts revenge on all her "friends" she had in high school who did her wrong and bullied her. Those 3 so-called frien This was the first book I have read by Anna Snoekstra and I was definitely impressed. When I read the synopsis of this book I knew I just had to read it, as it sounds like the type of psychological thriller book that I would just love and devour. I was right!This book takes you on a journey with a woman named Ava. Bullied relentlessly and embarrassed to no end in high school, Ava exacts revenge on all her "friends" she had in high school who did her wrong and bullied her. Those 3 so-called friends are Saanvi, Cass, and Mel. She has tried to live her life and move on, forgetting about the torment she has been through at the hands of such "friends" but there is just one problem.... She can't. Not until she pays each and everyone of them back for doing her wrong. Then, and maybe only then, can she move on and live her life.High school is now over. Years later, one by one, she is on a mission to get them back for all they have done to her. And get them back she does! She watches them live their lives, their daily routines, watches them at work, at home, out in public. They have no idea she is there in the shadows watching their every move. Ava is waiting for the perfect moment to exact her revenge on them all.Three words to describe this book - Lies, betrayal and revenge! This book pulled me in from the very first page. I was hooked! So much revenge, deceit, betrayal, lies, secrets, and games. I read this book is less than a day it was that good. I found the pages literally turning themselves as I wanted to know what would happen next. Was Ava obsessed with revenge? Yes! Did she sometimes go too far? Heck Yes! But that's makes it all the more interesting to read and makes it such a gripping book. I loved it from cover to end. Well done! Wow! Fabulous book! Definitely a must read!
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  • Julie Parks
    January 1, 1970
    This was very interesting, and more YA than adult because most of the story was in flashbacks. It would've been much better as a book if it was actually YA story because like many other reviewers noted, the main character seems a bit stuck back in time and more in need of therapy than anything else. And, yes, she sounds self-pitying and whiny and not like someone you want to root for much.I did enjoy the writing style a lot, even though it needs an edit or two, a lot of parts felt barely stitche This was very interesting, and more YA than adult because most of the story was in flashbacks. It would've been much better as a book if it was actually YA story because like many other reviewers noted, the main character seems a bit stuck back in time and more in need of therapy than anything else. And, yes, she sounds self-pitying and whiny and not like someone you want to root for much.I did enjoy the writing style a lot, even though it needs an edit or two, a lot of parts felt barely stitched together. And the fact that this takes place in Melbourne was a huge bonus.Big thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read this. I will look out for more to come from Anna Snoekstra.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that just feels kind of ick when you read it.While I felt for Ava, I also wanted her to grow up. What happened to her in the past was simply awful, but she was more in need of therapy than revenge.There were some surprises in the book – especially in the end with one particular character – but it can be hard to get through a book when you simply hate the main character – and hate her I did!The book is sort of suspenseful, but honestly? It wasn’t enjoyable. Next time, g This is one of those books that just feels kind of ick when you read it.While I felt for Ava, I also wanted her to grow up. What happened to her in the past was simply awful, but she was more in need of therapy than revenge.There were some surprises in the book – especially in the end with one particular character – but it can be hard to get through a book when you simply hate the main character – and hate her I did!The book is sort of suspenseful, but honestly? It wasn’t enjoyable. Next time, give me someone to root for.*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Estee
    January 1, 1970
    This book was dismal. But I think that was intended. This book goes between the present and the past. The past is Ava in high school where she was bullied by a group of girls. The present is Ava as an adult consumed with revenge. So much so that she is unable to even have an adult relationship. Poor girl. However, I didn't feel sorry for Ava while I was reading this. I felt a little bit disgusted by her. Everyone has been through shit, and everyone moves past it. That is part of growing up. But This book was dismal. But I think that was intended. This book goes between the present and the past. The past is Ava in high school where she was bullied by a group of girls. The present is Ava as an adult consumed with revenge. So much so that she is unable to even have an adult relationship. Poor girl. However, I didn't feel sorry for Ava while I was reading this. I felt a little bit disgusted by her. Everyone has been through shit, and everyone moves past it. That is part of growing up. But what happens when you can't move past it? This is where we find our girl. Teetering dangerously between manic and in need of a good therapist. I think the author was trying for a Gillian Flynn type of novel, but for me the characters weren't as complete. It could have just been me though. I did read the book all the way to the end, but it wasn't something that I would enthusiastically recommend. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Rosie Cranie-Higgs
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in a day. I just couldn’t stop. I started it thinking it’d be a fairly standard Mean Girls-style revenge story, a catty high school drama that I always find fun. No, no, no, no, no.THE SPITE GAME is so much more than that. Ava suspects she’s a psychopath, and the way she takes her revenge on her Mean Girls-style high school bullies - a calculated, stalking revenge that lasts years - is cold and cruel and completely captivating. There were so many moments where I thought NO! Ava, what I read this in a day. I just couldn’t stop. I started it thinking it’d be a fairly standard Mean Girls-style revenge story, a catty high school drama that I always find fun. No, no, no, no, no.THE SPITE GAME is so much more than that. Ava suspects she’s a psychopath, and the way she takes her revenge on her Mean Girls-style high school bullies - a calculated, stalking revenge that lasts years - is cold and cruel and completely captivating. There were so many moments where I thought NO! Ava, what are you doing?! And some where I thought the exact opposite... the ending being one of the latter. If you want chills, a structure dotting between past and present that keeps you guessing until the very end, and the way the whole story is narrated to a specific person, making it somehow even more chilling.... then this book is for you. I loved the way Ava struggles with her own self-diagnosis, and we’re never really sure if she is what she thinks she is. I’m also not entirely sure what genre it comes under, other than creepy and addictive, but I don’t think it matters. Revenge is cold, and satisfying.
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  • Up All Night With Books
    January 1, 1970
    4 Thriller StarsReview by LisaLate Night ReviewerUp All Night With Books BlogIf you’re looking for a psychological thriller with a edge to it, then The Spite Game by Ann Snoekstra is for you. This is not your average thriller/mystery, it is one that will take you on a journey from the beginning to the end and everything it encompasses in between. The slow build up and the way the story unfolds makes this story absolutely gripping. As the intensity of the story unfolds, you find yourself gripping 4 Thriller StarsReview by LisaLate Night ReviewerUp All Night With Books BlogIf you’re looking for a psychological thriller with a edge to it, then The Spite Game by Ann Snoekstra is for you. This is not your average thriller/mystery, it is one that will take you on a journey from the beginning to the end and everything it encompasses in between. The slow build up and the way the story unfolds makes this story absolutely gripping. As the intensity of the story unfolds, you find yourself gripping your book/ereader. It is just that good!The layout of the story from past to present is perfectly done and it’s what makes the writing so good. Mean girls, everyone experiences them in life, but for some, the mean girls can take it to a whole new level. Ava is at the focal point of three mean girls, Saanvi, Cass and Mel. These girls are ruthless, popular and out of control. Ava can't move on until justice is served, cold. After years of "watching" the mean girls, she starts her plotting and downfall of Saanvi, Cass and Mel. But sometimes plans don't go as planned and the games begin. I liked the pace of this book, it moved steadily along and it didn't dig into the "situations" deeply. The author kept it more to the "spite" situation rather than the emotional aspect. **ARC provided for an honest review **
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  • Authentikate
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for NetGalley and publisher for arc in exchange for honest review. Woah. I feel like I need a long, hot, soapy shower. This book was intense and left me with an overall film of Ick. That’s the power of books, right? To make us feel something? I’m just not sure I was meant to feel “this” way. The characters were stereotypical mean girls (on proverbial steroids) and so extremely stunted (some by obvious trauma...others by, ???) that they were impossible for me to like enough to care abou Thank you for NetGalley and publisher for arc in exchange for honest review. Woah. I feel like I need a long, hot, soapy shower. This book was intense and left me with an overall film of Ick. That’s the power of books, right? To make us feel something? I’m just not sure I was meant to feel “this” way. The characters were stereotypical mean girls (on proverbial steroids) and so extremely stunted (some by obvious trauma...others by, ???) that they were impossible for me to like enough to care about. I felt sorry for them. I wanted them to seek professional help not revenge. Their pain was so raw it felt that a couch would be more cathartic than getting even. If it’s possible the emotional driving force could be described in words beyond raw, I lack the word right now. For me, this was a major sticking point that left me feeling unnerved. I’m not sure I would call this a YA novel but because the characters were so stunted, I think they better fit in this genre. It had all the trapping for a great story but for me it just felt overdone.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Mira for an advance copy!This is a compulsively readable, twisted story about terrible teenage girls and what one of their victims might do in the name of revenge. It's not a secret that some young women are really, genuinely, awful to others in the middle and high school years, and there are plenty of books about these bullies, but Anna Snoekstra wrote a wickedly good take on this story. Ava is bitter but fierce, damaged but determined, and she works hard to fi Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Mira for an advance copy!This is a compulsively readable, twisted story about terrible teenage girls and what one of their victims might do in the name of revenge. It's not a secret that some young women are really, genuinely, awful to others in the middle and high school years, and there are plenty of books about these bullies, but Anna Snoekstra wrote a wickedly good take on this story. Ava is bitter but fierce, damaged but determined, and she works hard to find insidious ways to take down her former tormentors. Reading the high school set parts is cringy at times, and Ava had a high level of tolerance for awful treatment in the name of fitting in with these awful girls (it's not worth it, it's never worth it). Her obsession post high school is strange and fascinating as she stalks and plots against them. I read this one fast to find out what she'd done and what the consequences would be.
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  • angharad
    January 1, 1970
    Anna Snoekstra's The Spite Game is certainly a unique read. That's for sure. Before starting this, I was among the many who assumed it would be along the lines of a Mean Girls revenge story. This is not what The Spite Game is - at all. Firstly, it's highly gripping, but in a very... distinct way. I actually read this in a single day but not because I was hooked. It was more that whenever I picked it up to read, I became so engrossed, that before I knew it, I'd read a good twenty pages instead of Anna Snoekstra's The Spite Game is certainly a unique read. That's for sure. Before starting this, I was among the many who assumed it would be along the lines of a Mean Girls revenge story. This is not what The Spite Game is - at all. Firstly, it's highly gripping, but in a very... distinct way. I actually read this in a single day but not because I was hooked. It was more that whenever I picked it up to read, I became so engrossed, that before I knew it, I'd read a good twenty pages instead of the five I'd intended to while waiting for my bus. However, I'm fairly certain that this is down to Snoekstra's writing, not the plot; which follows protagonist Ava through her cruel and calculated revenge plot on her high school bullies. In her last year of high school, Ava did some questionable things, including thievery, inserting vodka-soaked tampons into her vagina and seducing a teacher - all under the pressure of fitting in with the trio of girls who ran the high school hallways. As the bullying escalated, Ava began to suspect that perhaps what everyone was saying about her may, in fact, be true. Was she really a psychopath? For a book that's centered on revenge, I feel as though Ava didn't really have much of a backstory. I expected something more, something bigger to be announced, something that truly warranted the years spent stalking her old classmates. But it didn't come, which was a tremendous letdown. As was the conclusion - by which I mean that it didn't come to the cold, calculated ending that I came to expect from Ava's character. It felt rushed, almost. As though the author didn't know how else to end it and so just shoved a scene together and called it a day.Overall, I expected something different from The Spite Game and while what it delivered wasn't necessarily bad, it just wasn't great either. The writing was engaging, certainly, (though I did discern quite a few grammatical errors), I do feel as though the storyline lagged a little. Additionally, I got the sense that the characters (Evan, Bea, Adrian, and Mum) needed a lot more fleshing out. At times they seemed almost like a cardboard cutout. Would I recommend this? Possibly, though I'm not sure who to.**I'd like to thank NetGalley for the digital ARC I received.
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  • Greg
    January 1, 1970
    * I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. *The Spite Game is a crime novel with an interesting construction; it's not a whodunit so much as a whatgotdone. Ava is a young woman sitting in a police interview room waiting for a detective to come in. She mentally rehearses what she is going to say and, in the process, unfolds a plot of schoolyard bullying and its aftermath. As Ava recounts her schooldays she gives more insight into herself and unpeels t * I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. *The Spite Game is a crime novel with an interesting construction; it's not a whodunit so much as a whatgotdone. Ava is a young woman sitting in a police interview room waiting for a detective to come in. She mentally rehearses what she is going to say and, in the process, unfolds a plot of schoolyard bullying and its aftermath. As Ava recounts her schooldays she gives more insight into herself and unpeels the onion revealing why she is there.The book is not particularly original in plot and character, but this artful construction gives it more interest. I also liked the way that Snoekstra captured Melbourne. Her descriptions of the CBD are spot-on, and she also captures the widely disparate cultures that adhere to the different suburbs that appear in her plot.
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    Don't sleep on Anna Snoekstra. I love her thrillers. This one is like Mean Girls for adults.
  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra is a psychological thriller where revenge is served to bullies who deserved it. Ava wants to be part of the 'popular crowd', Mel , Saanvi & Cass are the mean girls. They are brutal, they bully Ava, and others often using her, but she keeps going back for more, this is why I'm not a fan of Ava. Years after graduating from high school, Ava decides to seek revenge on each girl. Mel ends up missing. I found the book to be very confusing at times. It jumps all ove The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra is a psychological thriller where revenge is served to bullies who deserved it. Ava wants to be part of the 'popular crowd', Mel , Saanvi & Cass are the mean girls. They are brutal, they bully Ava, and others often using her, but she keeps going back for more, this is why I'm not a fan of Ava. Years after graduating from high school, Ava decides to seek revenge on each girl. Mel ends up missing. I found the book to be very confusing at times. It jumps all over the place, past to present, in a police station, home, Paris. I was often lost. The concept of the story was good, but it could have been more organized. Overall, it was a good storyline, just could have been put together better.I was given this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • McKenzie Allyshia
    January 1, 1970
    The Spite Game was a rather interesting read and I found myself loving the way it was written. Bouncing between the past and the present, I found Ava's story to be rather compelling. This book begins with Ava planning to confess which immediately caught my attention. Although, initially I was unsure of just what she had to confess to. Shortly after, the book would move back to her growing up in high school and then from just out of high school up until she found herself in the interview room. It The Spite Game was a rather interesting read and I found myself loving the way it was written. Bouncing between the past and the present, I found Ava's story to be rather compelling. This book begins with Ava planning to confess which immediately caught my attention. Although, initially I was unsure of just what she had to confess to. Shortly after, the book would move back to her growing up in high school and then from just out of high school up until she found herself in the interview room. It cycled through like this consistently. As a main character, Ava was just alright. I only say just alright because she was so caught up in her past and she was so unable to move forward. Which I honestly believe was the point of the book. Anyway, Ava was fixated on the "mean girls" that she was wanting so badly as friends. She could not move past wanting them to suffer as much, or more, than she did. Her stalker tendencies were extremely unhealthy and a little scary at times. I found myself enjoying the supporting characters as well as the settings. The supporting characters really helped encourage the story along. All in all, I did find The Spite Game to be a good read. I would be very interested in reading another book by Anna Snoekstra. *I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
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  • Allyson Abu-hajar
    January 1, 1970
    Ava is a normal high school girl, who wants to fit in with the popular girls. Her break comes when Melissa, asks her to be a look out for them, as they target another girl in gym class. Ava is torn between doing the right thing, and finally being noticed by the popular girls. In the end, Ava chooses to ignore what happened.After Ava accidentally witnesses Melissa being put in an uncomfortable position, Ava hatches a plan to help and is elected to carry the plan out. This earns Ava points. Meliss Ava is a normal high school girl, who wants to fit in with the popular girls. Her break comes when Melissa, asks her to be a look out for them, as they target another girl in gym class. Ava is torn between doing the right thing, and finally being noticed by the popular girls. In the end, Ava chooses to ignore what happened.After Ava accidentally witnesses Melissa being put in an uncomfortable position, Ava hatches a plan to help and is elected to carry the plan out. This earns Ava points. Melissa (Mel), Cass, and Saanvi start to include Ava into their tight knit group. Over time, Ava pulls away from her other friends, and is willing to do anything to be accepted by her new group of friends. Ava is put into positions where she feels her loyalty is being tested and she has to prove herself. After a sleepover, which involved an incident between Mel and Ava, begins an endless charade. One particularly nasty incident, broke Ava's spirit. Ava wants retribution, which becomes an obsession.This was an interesting, quick read. I received an ARC from NetGalley via Harlequin-MIRA in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Asha
    January 1, 1970
    The Spite Game is the first time I’ve read a book by Anna Snoekstra. This book follows Ava who tries to befriend a trio of popular girls in high school, but soon realizes they aren’t her friends and that they bullied her. As she grows up, she decides to take revenge on each of them. Overall, this thriller reminded me of a sad want-to-be twisted and messed up version of “Mean Girls”. I couldn’t get into it. All the characters were way too weird and unlikable to me. I think that the transitions fr The Spite Game is the first time I’ve read a book by Anna Snoekstra. This book follows Ava who tries to befriend a trio of popular girls in high school, but soon realizes they aren’t her friends and that they bullied her. As she grows up, she decides to take revenge on each of them. Overall, this thriller reminded me of a sad want-to-be twisted and messed up version of “Mean Girls”. I couldn’t get into it. All the characters were way too weird and unlikable to me. I think that the transitions from past to present could be smoother. The current ARC makes it confusing where you need to reread the previous paragraph to get an idea of the timing. There were also egregious spelling and grammar mistakes which I hope they fix when they release book. I would recommend skipping this book as there are other great thrillers to read. The book releases on Tue 10/30.Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harlequin in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
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  • Shane Harcombe
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. Well. Not sure what I have just read. This was not so much a whodunit as a whatexactlydidshedo? I felt compelled to keep reading, but found the denouement a big let down. I was expecting another significant part of the backstory to be revealed, which never was.From the blurb, I guess I was expecting a Mean Girls situation and some clever revenge plots. This was a lot darker and sadder. I felt sorry for Ava, but also can't stand her.I guess this has something to say about the potential 2.5 stars. Well. Not sure what I have just read. This was not so much a whodunit as a whatexactlydidshedo? I felt compelled to keep reading, but found the denouement a big let down. I was expecting another significant part of the backstory to be revealed, which never was.From the blurb, I guess I was expecting a Mean Girls situation and some clever revenge plots. This was a lot darker and sadder. I felt sorry for Ava, but also can't stand her.I guess this has something to say about the potential long term impact of bullying. Not so much what Ava does as the way she feels about herself. She believes she is incapable of being loved, is unloveable because of who she is deep down. She then sabotages any chance of happiness that may come her way.Ok a completely different note, the novel certainly has a particular time and place. I can't decide if that is a good thing, or if it will make it feel dated quickly.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    The Spite Game is Mean Girls all grown up. Mel, Cass, and Saavani are the “it” girls in high school. Ava is an outsider who longs to be part of their crowd. After a pivotal event in high school, Ava is determined to ruin the “it” girls lives, one by one. That is until the game of revenge goes too far. I wanted to love this book but I just didn’t. It was as cliche as they come. None of the characters were likable and the book skips around without any indication whether they were in the past or pr The Spite Game is Mean Girls all grown up. Mel, Cass, and Saavani are the “it” girls in high school. Ava is an outsider who longs to be part of their crowd. After a pivotal event in high school, Ava is determined to ruin the “it” girls lives, one by one. That is until the game of revenge goes too far. I wanted to love this book but I just didn’t. It was as cliche as they come. None of the characters were likable and the book skips around without any indication whether they were in the past or present. I had to re-read multiple sections because it was so hard to follow. My favorite character was Evan and I wished there was more of him in the book. I also dislike that the plot twists lack development. There were multiple times I had to ask if this was even believable or made sense. I’m confused by this book and would not recommend reading it, unless it undergoes major revision and development.
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewIn high school Ava wants nothing more than to be part of the popular group of girls. Even though she sees how cruel they are, it doesn't diminish her desire to be best friends with Mel, Saanvi and Cass. Then one night at a party the torture goes too far and Ava can't recover from it. Years after they graduated she is still plotting revenge, determined to make each one of them pay.This was one of those books that yo *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewIn high school Ava wants nothing more than to be part of the popular group of girls. Even though she sees how cruel they are, it doesn't diminish her desire to be best friends with Mel, Saanvi and Cass. Then one night at a party the torture goes too far and Ava can't recover from it. Years after they graduated she is still plotting revenge, determined to make each one of them pay.This was one of those books that you can't put down, but at the same time leaves you feeling like you need a long hot shower to feel clean again. I kept wishing Ava would just let it all go and allow herself to be happy, but at the same time I had to keep reading to find out what lengths she would go to in order to exact her revenge. If you are a fan of thrillers, I would recommend you check this one out.
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  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot remember the last time I read an opening paragraph that grabbed me as hard as this one did. It set an incredibly high standard of visceral honesty that the book stayed faithful to until the end. This novel is a great glimpse into the mind of a woman hell bent on revenge for severe bullying. It explores the danger of isolation, the universal need for connection, and how a failure to build a life of your own can lead to serious dysfunction. I also enjoyed the subversive ending. I tore thr I cannot remember the last time I read an opening paragraph that grabbed me as hard as this one did. It set an incredibly high standard of visceral honesty that the book stayed faithful to until the end. This novel is a great glimpse into the mind of a woman hell bent on revenge for severe bullying. It explores the danger of isolation, the universal need for connection, and how a failure to build a life of your own can lead to serious dysfunction. I also enjoyed the subversive ending. I tore through the book and I've just sent samples of the rest of her work to my Kindle. Very excited to have found such a talented, unique, and articulate voice. *I received this advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.The book goes to the past and then to the present and back and forth. It is slow and a little boring. I kept reading it because I wanted to know what Ava did to the last person. You do find out at the very end. Even though Ava was bullied in school I still never felt sorry for her. I felt sorry for Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.The book goes to the past and then to the present and back and forth. It is slow and a little boring. I kept reading it because I wanted to know what Ava did to the last person. You do find out at the very end. Even though Ava was bullied in school I still never felt sorry for her. I felt sorry for one thing that happened to her but after that she kind of walked into it all.I received this from Net Galley for an honest review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This book's description spoke to me since I was tormented & tortured all through my school years. There were times I wanted to do exactly what Ava does in this book, but like Ava you learn how useless & how it just brings you down to the bullies level. Personally, this book just showed Ava to be the bigger bully & it was disappointing to me. The story just didn't flow like I thought it should. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book. I understand the depths of bullies & the traum This book's description spoke to me since I was tormented & tortured all through my school years. There were times I wanted to do exactly what Ava does in this book, but like Ava you learn how useless & how it just brings you down to the bullies level. Personally, this book just showed Ava to be the bigger bully & it was disappointing to me. The story just didn't flow like I thought it should. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book. I understand the depths of bullies & the traumatic feelings they cause. This books could have done a lot better on how to overcome and be above the bullies then it did. I was very unhappy with how the author decided to handle the bully issue.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Not really sure how I feel about this one. The plot was a bit far fetched. Some mean girls pull a pretty gross stunt that doesn't even make it out of the room it happened in and then call you names for a few months and you go on a 10 year long stalking/revenge fest culminating in *spoiler**** the murder of one of the people, ironically, the only one who wasn't even in the room? The author was talented enough to keep the story moving, but I wouldn't read this one more than once and if I met this Not really sure how I feel about this one. The plot was a bit far fetched. Some mean girls pull a pretty gross stunt that doesn't even make it out of the room it happened in and then call you names for a few months and you go on a 10 year long stalking/revenge fest culminating in *spoiler**** the murder of one of the people, ironically, the only one who wasn't even in the room? The author was talented enough to keep the story moving, but I wouldn't read this one more than once and if I met this girl in real life would recommend my therapist to her in a heart beat. Move on girl, move on.
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  • AnnMarie
    January 1, 1970
    The Spite Game is Mean Girls all grown up without Lindsay Lohan’s prom speech when she gives pieces of the tiara to people. Ava was desperate to join the cool girls in high school until they embarrassed her one night at a party. Years later - she gets her revenge. Snoekstra’s writing kept me wanting to know what’s going to happen next the entire time.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when the victim of high school bullies gets her revenge when they are all adults? The Spite Game will answer that question. What amazed me about this story was that Ava kept giving the mean girls another chance at being nice to her, at being her friend, and each time they screwed her over. It's also interesting the lengths Ava would go to as an adult to exact revenge. It's too bad she couldn't just move on though.
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  • Carole
    January 1, 1970
    A very absorbing and well-written account of a severely bullied girl whose life is changed by the abuse... but who seeks to do something about it. I felt that it fell apart a bit at the ending, but overall it was gripping and very well done.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from a giveaway. This was an interesting suspense novel because you know who did it but you have to find out what it is that she did exactly. Ava is crazy but I enjoyed following her story.
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