Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, 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. 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.
Macbeth for the #MeToo era, this book was utterly thrilling and wonderful to read. It is written with magical dream-like surrealism that connects you to the mind frame that our main character Elle is in. The style of writing is one that I am having trouble describing but suits not only the tone of the source material but also softens the brutal things that happen within the pages.
I loved so much about this, like the fact that it tells the whole story from “Lady Macbeth’s” perspective as such and has her colluding and friends with the three witches. Mads who is Elle’s badass best friend and second in command is also a trans girl which I loved! The way it was dealt with and spoken about was absolutely the best, I loved Elle for her utter devotion to Mads. Summer and Jenny are really fascinating as well, and absolutely amazing support characters.
I just have to say Elle is absolutely not a good person in this, she plots, plans and initiates the murders of multiple boys. Yet I found myself absolutely cheering for her at every point in this book. She has a reason for wanting them dead, they are all despicable people. This book is rough and gritty and violent all of which suit the source material completely.
This is somehow both an easy read (I read it in 24 hours) and a very difficult read. Not only does the whole book center around Elle’s trauma post gang rape, but it also has a very gruff tone. The misogynistic tone it is written in is very authentic yet hard to read at times.
I loved this tale of a girl fighting back and getting revenge, and in an utterly brutal way! Boys who think they are untouchable, be warned, something wicked this way comes indeed!