As part of the blog tour for Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, I was provided with an except to share with you guys, which you can find at the bottom of this post.
Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.
Hannah’s Twitter/Instagram: @tldaaollf
About Foul is Fair
Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.
Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, 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 Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. 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.
I want to start out with trigger warnings. The author has been kind enough to provide an entire page of trigger warnings, so I will simply direct you there if you are wanting to know (https://www.hannahcapin.com/foulisfair); however, the story does center around sexual assault and rape culture.
Hannah’s writing hand me hooked from the moment I opened up this book! It was everything I was looking for in trying not to hit a slump.
Foul Is Fair reads with such a dark and gritty feeling. Jade, from the moment we meet her, has such a feeling of emotional disconnect – before we end knew what happened to her – but that somehow made me feel even more connected to her. I found Jade to be a strong character. I loved how she interacted with the other characters, the St. Andrew’s crowd and her friends, who she constantly refers to as her coven (love!). However, with Jade’s emotional disconnect, I never really felt the love of her friends. Everyone felt like they were kept at an arm’s length, even when she was getting their help.
The other characters all had their part to play, but besides Jade, never felt consequential. What I mean by this is that it almost felt like Jade could have replaced these characters with anyone else. No one took center stage at any point in the story or really ever shared it – it was Jade’s story through and through. It’s why I have no real feelings towards any of the other characters one way or another. This could have been Hannah’s point – it was Jade’s story and everyone else was there to support her in whatever way she wanted them to.
Now as for the topic of the story. It’s is triggering, but still needs to be talked about. What happened to Jade is horrible, but does happen. I liked how Hannah took the topic of rape and explored what every victim would love to do! It is fantastical in the sense that it is unrealistic that anyone could manage such a revenge plot. But isn’t that the point of fantasy.
I don’t know how she manages it, but Hannah manages to make everything so dark and gripping that I never wanted to put the book down. I’m still reeling after finishing the book only a few short days ago and I’m not even fully sure of my feelings. What I do know is that this tackles rape culture in a fantastical, yet somehow respectful way. I have seen others compare it to Heathers, and yes I feel like it has similar tones to it (although it has been many years since I have watched Heathers).
Overall, I would gave this book 4 stars and I’m glad I got to read this when I did. Thank you Hannah and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy.
“Fierce, vicious, and electric. If books had teeth, Foul Is Fair would have fangs. Capin’s language glitters dark and her writing cuts deep. Revenge is a dish best served by this deliciously unapologetic coven.” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To
“Capin’s writing will seduce you with its beauty and then, when you least suspect it, slice you to the bone—just like Foul is Fair’s captivating, vicious, entirely unforgettable heroine, Jade.” – Layne Fargo, author of Temper and co-host of Unlikeable Female Characters Podcast
“Vicious and beautifully brutal, Foul is Fair gives a sword to every girl who has ever been a victim and makes them a warrior. This book is pulls no punches and will make anyone think twice before uttering the phrase ‘just a girl’. An unapologetic feminist battle-cry that leaves you breathless and thirsting for vengeance.” – Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me
“Foul is Fair delivers the story of a girl who snatches control back from a world that stole it away, through whatever means necessary. Hannah Capin deftly combines stunningly lyrical prose with the raw power of engulfing fury, sending a message written in blood. In a world where too many are forced into silence, this book roars back.” – S. Gonzales, author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated
Below you will find the excerpt for Foul is Fair. If you are unable to see the images properly, you can find the PDF link at the end of the blog.