Review by Akossiwa K. on Instagram.
I received a copy of this book from the @Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
(Viking ~ February 6, 2018)
Peter’s financial anxiety after his father lost his job turned him into a brilliant and ruthless entrepreneur who took in shy and socially awkward Rachel as an unpaid intern. Unfortunately, Peter’s drive to make profit at all costs ended up costing him his intern who in turn realized she was treated way too poorly and set out to get revenge on her former employer.
The range of emotions this book put me through left me mentally exhausted by the time I was done reading it. I could smell Peter’s selfishness and greediness from page one and had to wait patiently for Rachel to become the unsuspecting victim, the sheep on which Wolf-Peter was about to feast. I was anxious and upset. When Rachel started on her revenge plan it felt great until things got out of hand and the avalanche of humiliation and embarrassment swept over me.
Going into this book I expected something along the lines of Lemonade Wars but I got more than I bargained for. Everything about the events in the book felt starkly real. I forgot I was reading a middle grade book. There was more to Peter’s drive to make money and there was more to Rachel’s desire to not be invisible anymore. 📮📚
Life is messy and the author did an incredible job muddying the lines between good and bad, wrong and right.