Film: Do Revenge
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
With its epic soundtrack, an excellent wardrobe, and an unforgettable plot, 'Do Revenge' epitomize an average high school senior year while subtly serving us feminist swagger. Packed with muted yet sassy jabs at woke culture and privilege, director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson maintains its integrity as a chick-flick by delivering the classic makeover montage, coupled with several trauma-dumping monologues and a succession of hair-whipping turns.
Transforming the Popular-Mean-Alpha girl and Alt-Gay-Beta girl tropes, Robinson doesn't play on the girl-against-girl mentality, allowing Drea (Camilla Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke) to display equally their capacity to be genuine psychopaths. It stitches a plot similar to Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers on A Train' into a Heathers-Esque dark, high-school dramedy (sans the gruesomeness).
So if you enjoyed Do Revenge, Heathers, Strangers on a Train, or just generally enjoy the whole kidding/not kidding, someone-did-something-wrong vibe, check out the list of books below.
People Like Us by Dana Mele
Mallory Towers meets Mean Girls meets Pretty Little Liars (Niche, I know).
The Ivies by Alexa Donne
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder meets Heathers.
Get Even (Don’t Get Mad) by Gretchen McNeil (there’s also a TV show)
it's just very, very, very good. think do revenge but as a well-written series.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus (there's also a TV show)
The Breakfast Club meets a true crime podcast.
They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Clair
Imagine a slushy flavored with Final Destination, Pretty Little Liars, and Scream Queens.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Summer I Turned Pretty, but dark.