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When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line… Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic anymore. She deter When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line… Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic anymore. She determines that her only hope for college admission is to win the election for student body president. Unfortunately, with her razor wit and acid tongue she's bettersuited to dishing out insults than winning votes. When she brashly bets her classmate Logan that she can go two weeks without uttering a single insult, Samantha immediately realizes that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. And when her current boyfriend dumps her, less than three weeks before the prom, it couldn't be a worse time to be forced to keep her opinions to herself. Finding a new boyfriend will be a challenge now that Logan shadows her every move, hoping to catch her slipping back into her old ways. Samantha is determined to win the election and find a dream date for the prom, no matter what it takes. After all . . . all's fair in love and war (and high school!).


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When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line… Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic anymore. She deter When your chance for getting into college and your date for the prom are all on the line… Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. She's head cheerleader and has all the right friends and a steady stream of boyfriends. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don't appear to be so automatic anymore. She determines that her only hope for college admission is to win the election for student body president. Unfortunately, with her razor wit and acid tongue she's bettersuited to dishing out insults than winning votes. When she brashly bets her classmate Logan that she can go two weeks without uttering a single insult, Samantha immediately realizes that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. And when her current boyfriend dumps her, less than three weeks before the prom, it couldn't be a worse time to be forced to keep her opinions to herself. Finding a new boyfriend will be a challenge now that Logan shadows her every move, hoping to catch her slipping back into her old ways. Samantha is determined to win the election and find a dream date for the prom, no matter what it takes. After all . . . all's fair in love and war (and high school!).

30 review for All's Fair in Love, War, and High School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

    Very cute! Janette Rallison writes great books for pre-teen/teen girls. They are clean, but yet funny, witty, and good enough to keep an old person like me interested. I can really relate to a lot of the characters in her books, either from my high school years, or my kids' friends now. This one made me laugh a lot. Plus, her books always seem to have a moral to the story and the characters learn from their dilemmas. It's great to read books about teenagers that are normal and not dark, foul-mout Very cute! Janette Rallison writes great books for pre-teen/teen girls. They are clean, but yet funny, witty, and good enough to keep an old person like me interested. I can really relate to a lot of the characters in her books, either from my high school years, or my kids' friends now. This one made me laugh a lot. Plus, her books always seem to have a moral to the story and the characters learn from their dilemmas. It's great to read books about teenagers that are normal and not dark, foul-mouthed, depressed or being stalked by a supposedly teenage guy from another century. (No, I'm not thinking of Twilight.) My daughter and I love to talk about our favorite parts of Janette Rallison's books after reading them, and that makes them great in another way. My daughter thought it was weird that the leading male of the book had the same name as her brother, but I thought it was cool.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zoe and the Edge

    Samantha has got some serious issues. She has a massive inferior complex. At first I wasn't looking forward to the cliché mean-girl-turns-nice scenario. But Ms. Rallison pulled off Samantha's personality makeover well. I started getting interested with the bet and Samantha's forced cheeriness had me laughing. I also liked that her catty friends struggled with her new kindness. I cringed through Samantha's crush on Josh from Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards. Because Josh is obviously destined Samantha has got some serious issues. She has a massive inferior complex. At first I wasn't looking forward to the cliché mean-girl-turns-nice scenario. But Ms. Rallison pulled off Samantha's personality makeover well. I started getting interested with the bet and Samantha's forced cheeriness had me laughing. I also liked that her catty friends struggled with her new kindness. I cringed through Samantha's crush on Josh from Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards. Because Josh is obviously destined to be with Cassidy. And speaking of Cassidy, Samantha's one-sided feud with her continues. This book's a little different from the other Rallison books I've read due to the heroine not being nice, smart, or a stellar daughter. The romance was a slightly more mild which was kind of annoying because I didn't know what the hero was thinking. He just turned around at the end. So that was a bit abrupt.

  3. 5 out of 5

    mich

    2.5 stars This was cute, but kinda forgettable (I read it a couple weeks ago and I already don't remember much about it other than I thought it was cute and a little dumb). This was my first read from this author though, and I liked her sense of humor -- it made me pick up a bunch of her other books (there's kinda a lot, which I didn't realize. Hadn't really heard of her before even though I apparently already had a couple of her books downloaded on my kindle LOL) 2.5 stars This was cute, but kinda forgettable (I read it a couple weeks ago and I already don't remember much about it other than I thought it was cute and a little dumb). This was my first read from this author though, and I liked her sense of humor -- it made me pick up a bunch of her other books (there's kinda a lot, which I didn't realize. Hadn't really heard of her before even though I apparently already had a couple of her books downloaded on my kindle LOL)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

    This YA romance is almost slapstick funny, yet I really got into it. Sixteen year old Samantha is a popular cheerleader who seems like she has it all, but when she receives her SAT scores, she realizes college might not be in her reach unless she changes. She decides to run for student body class president to have something better on her resume, and when her friend/enemy/coworker, Logan, challenges her to go two weeks without insulting anyone, she thinks—Piece of cake. But it’s harder than it se This YA romance is almost slapstick funny, yet I really got into it. Sixteen year old Samantha is a popular cheerleader who seems like she has it all, but when she receives her SAT scores, she realizes college might not be in her reach unless she changes. She decides to run for student body class president to have something better on her resume, and when her friend/enemy/coworker, Logan, challenges her to go two weeks without insulting anyone, she thinks—Piece of cake. But it’s harder than it seems when she is naturally so snarky and self-centered. I loved the character arc in this story. Sam is a normal girl with normal problems—and she tends to be quite egocentric, but she learns (the hard way) that life is better when you’re nicer and reach out to others. Sweet, witty, silly, and heart-growing story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    ANOTHER RALLISON BOOK! Man, I feel really old reading this. BUT its a great short book that you can read maybe on the subways or bus. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison is a book about a cheerleader trying to improve on her intellectual side because she was worried about her future. Samantha is this stuck up cheerleader that insults almost everyone she sees. She has a friend name Logan, and they have this awkward relationship between each other because they dated before. ANOTHER RALLISON BOOK! Man, I feel really old reading this. BUT its a great short book that you can read maybe on the subways or bus. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison is a book about a cheerleader trying to improve on her intellectual side because she was worried about her future. Samantha is this stuck up cheerleader that insults almost everyone she sees. She has a friend name Logan, and they have this awkward relationship between each other because they dated before. But still, they talk, but only because they work at the same place. The story begins when Logan wanted Samantha to help him hook up with his friends sister. But the only way to do it is to hook Samantha up with his friend. Samantha just got dumped by Branden and is not really, in her lovey dovey mood. So Logan made a bet with her, which stated that Samantha cannot insult anyone for 2 weeks. During that 2 weeks, Samantha realized how mean she'd been to other people. And also, she decided to run for school president but worries that people might not like her to vote for her. She came across some catfights, conflicts and love thingabobs. But then, she came back to her senses and realize who was really important to her, and who are those who weren't. This book made me realize how insulting people sometimes can really hurt someone eventhough it might seems like a joke to you. I sometimes call people names, i dont really mean it, but maybe to them it meant something, and that something might be BIG. I will try my best to be nicer. But overall this book is great.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teya Teya

    I had a hard time trying to rate this book. It was annoying, frustrating, and stop high school ish, however, the end was so sweet and romantic it boosted the points up. I also wanted to read the third book but realized this one was the second book and I better read it in order just in case.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Renee Denston

    This book has changed the way i look at bullying. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School is one of my favorite books. It is very inspirational and i would recommend this book to young girls in middle school or high school. It helped me realize how hurtful insults can be and I have changed because of it. I hope it will help you change and let you know what a difference it can make to be nice to some one. Samantha Taylor is a 16 year old girl who just found out she failed her SATs. She is captai This book has changed the way i look at bullying. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School is one of my favorite books. It is very inspirational and i would recommend this book to young girls in middle school or high school. It helped me realize how hurtful insults can be and I have changed because of it. I hope it will help you change and let you know what a difference it can make to be nice to some one. Samantha Taylor is a 16 year old girl who just found out she failed her SATs. She is captain of the cheerleaders, has a lot of friends, and can get any guy she wants. She figures she can't get into college unless she runs for student body president. One problem, though, is that she bet her classmate Logan that she wouldn't insult anyone for two weeks. Her boyfirend just dumped her three weeks before prom and now it will be harder than ever to stay away from insults. Especially with Logan breathing down her back and watching her every move. Sam is willing to do anything to get a date to prom, win student body president, and win her bet with Logan.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    The plot is quite cute. Cheerleader heroine, smart and funny hero and how they constantly quarrel with each other. It's great to read a typical teenage romantic comedy novel without all the dramatic pasts and troubles of the protagonists. I like the book because of the fast moving story line and the quirky incidents in Samantha's life. Logan is just too cute and really lights up the story. I would have loved to have more of their interactions throughout the book. However, I didn't like her charact The plot is quite cute. Cheerleader heroine, smart and funny hero and how they constantly quarrel with each other. It's great to read a typical teenage romantic comedy novel without all the dramatic pasts and troubles of the protagonists. I like the book because of the fast moving story line and the quirky incidents in Samantha's life. Logan is just too cute and really lights up the story. I would have loved to have more of their interactions throughout the book. However, I didn't like her character as having introduced to her in a negative way in 'Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards'. The fact that she is still hung up on Josh was a spoiler. Josh and Cassidy are obviously meant to be together and their story was one of the best ones I ever read. The fact that they had broken up was a turn- off. Do they get back together?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a wonderful combination of drama, politics, comedy, and romance. Somehow, it played everyone one of those characteristics just right. None of them were overwelming. Samantha is a conceided cheerleader who learns just how important her future is. With the mixture of the presidential campaign, prom night coming up, and a bet she made with a friend she finds completely annoying, everything is spinning a little to fast for her. With nothing left to do, she faces it head on. However, in This book was a wonderful combination of drama, politics, comedy, and romance. Somehow, it played everyone one of those characteristics just right. None of them were overwelming. Samantha is a conceided cheerleader who learns just how important her future is. With the mixture of the presidential campaign, prom night coming up, and a bet she made with a friend she finds completely annoying, everything is spinning a little to fast for her. With nothing left to do, she faces it head on. However, in the end she experiences a change of heart and realizes her most annoying friend ever, might just be her perfect match. All and all it was a great storie. It taught me never to judge a book by its cover.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This was another fun high school story. Samantha really goes through a nice transformation in the book. She starts out as your stereotypical cheerleader, over critical of people and transforms into a nice caring girl. I thought the bet between her and Logan was fun, and how he decided he needed to spend a lot of extra time around her to make sure she didn’t slip up. Another fun Rallison novel, she has a knack for writing believable teenagers and their high school experiences.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan needs more books, not really

    Light, fluff piece. Good for a fast, summer read. This book was similar to the previous Rallison book I read in that the least likely boy is really the most likely boy for the girl. While I enjoyed this book I think I won't look for other titles right away. I have no way of knowing if this writing formula is present in all her books or not. But, down the line I will pick up another for sure! Light, fluff piece. Good for a fast, summer read. This book was similar to the previous Rallison book I read in that the least likely boy is really the most likely boy for the girl. While I enjoyed this book I think I won't look for other titles right away. I have no way of knowing if this writing formula is present in all her books or not. But, down the line I will pick up another for sure!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary Tambascio

    The writing of this book is okay. The story of this book predictable and cliche but that is not a bad thing. It is simple, kinda cute, and entertaining. This book does have a good moral and portrays it very well. The characters are very relatable. This is book to be read when you need something to occupy yourself for a short time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tristi

    Janette Rallison writes young adult fiction that is fun, quirky, and yet remarkably clean. I find her one of the best YA authors currently on the market for knowing how to entertain without relying on the tired old tricks of sex, drugs, and language.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    It was good. Made me laugh.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dina Orban

    I don't think I've read a book by Janette Rallison, without laughing until I cryed or my stomach hurt. I don't know why I expected differently. What can I say? The woman is a genius. Samantha Taylor.Head cheerleader, great friend, great personality. Right? Wrong! Logan Hansen, ex-boyfriend, annoying, grease dirty handed... His opinion of Samantha is very different from what she thinks of herself. After getting low grades on her SAT, Samantha is depressed enough to tell Logan her problems. He off I don't think I've read a book by Janette Rallison, without laughing until I cryed or my stomach hurt. I don't know why I expected differently. What can I say? The woman is a genius. Samantha Taylor.Head cheerleader, great friend, great personality. Right? Wrong! Logan Hansen, ex-boyfriend, annoying, grease dirty handed... His opinion of Samantha is very different from what she thinks of herself. After getting low grades on her SAT, Samantha is depressed enough to tell Logan her problems. He offers her the solution she wouldn't have thought at. Become president of the school's student body. The only problem, from Logan's pov is Samantha's habit of insulting and criticizing everyone. After yet another love story gone wrong, and a disaster involving Brad, his car and her cat, Samantha makes a bet with Logan. If she wins, he'll take her to the most expensive restaurant in town. If he wins she'll go on a date with Doug so that Logan can get his cousin Veronica's phone number. How hard can it be not to say anything mean or insulting to anyone, when that's what you did trough all high school? Samantha's about to find out. Trough betrayals (or not?), sabotage, posters, tears, little sisters, enormous Goliaths, neighborhood fairs and disapproving best friends, Samantha will find her true self. And a new love interest. Just not the one she expected. Read it. It's worth the time. 😊

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juniper Shore

    Janette Rallison reliably turns out YA books that are funny and squeaky clean, and this one is no exception. The usual formula runs something like "girl with minor character flaw needs to conceal said flaw for some ridiculous reason, and in the process learns a valuable life lesson." None of these books offer much depth, but they're superbly written, lighthearted and quick to read. In the beginning of All's Fair, Samantha is a stereotypical mean girl: glamorous and admired, but not particularly l Janette Rallison reliably turns out YA books that are funny and squeaky clean, and this one is no exception. The usual formula runs something like "girl with minor character flaw needs to conceal said flaw for some ridiculous reason, and in the process learns a valuable life lesson." None of these books offer much depth, but they're superbly written, lighthearted and quick to read. In the beginning of All's Fair, Samantha is a stereotypical mean girl: glamorous and admired, but not particularly loved. One of her coworkers, with whom she has a love/hate relationship, bets her that she can't be nice to everyone for two straight weeks. Coupled with her campaign for class president, this makes a tough challenge. Sam's narrative voice is great, with plenty of witty observations about the situations she finds herself in. A few scenes had me laughing out loud. It's hard to picture Sam as a genuine mean girl--she's too self-aware and genuinely pleasant to seem believable--but that's a flaw I can overlook. The only significant fly in the ointment is the plot, which is entirely predictable. No matter. Read this book for a fun pick-me-up, not for profound insights.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Boling

    I really, really like Janette Ralliston books. The first one I read was Deep Blue Eyes and other Lies, which I gather has been edited and republished as Deep Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards. This is the sequel. I picked it up at a second hand book store because it was Janette Ralliston, and I’d noticed it and it’s sequel (which I also found) on lists of books by the author. Little did I know it was a sequel to that other novel, which I had read many, many years ago. Part way in, the character I really, really like Janette Ralliston books. The first one I read was Deep Blue Eyes and other Lies, which I gather has been edited and republished as Deep Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards. This is the sequel. I picked it up at a second hand book store because it was Janette Ralliston, and I’d noticed it and it’s sequel (which I also found) on lists of books by the author. Little did I know it was a sequel to that other novel, which I had read many, many years ago. Part way in, the characters started to sound too familiar, so I checked. It was perfectly wonderful to dive back into the story. A few things changed in the edit, but it was easy to catch up. I really enjoyed that this book is from the perspective of an antagonist from the first book. Also I really liked the approach to the main character.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Jensen

    This book is hilarious--comedy and a bit of reality for teens. This does not attempt to take on world issues, abuse, divorce, or anything terribly serious--just every day problems at school. Samantha is a cheerleader in high school and has bombed her SAT tests. In addition, her boyfriend dumps her right before prom. She decides to run for class president. She makes a bet with a co-worker Logan that she can go two weeks without saying anything bad about anyone. None of these are serious issues an This book is hilarious--comedy and a bit of reality for teens. This does not attempt to take on world issues, abuse, divorce, or anything terribly serious--just every day problems at school. Samantha is a cheerleader in high school and has bombed her SAT tests. In addition, her boyfriend dumps her right before prom. She decides to run for class president. She makes a bet with a co-worker Logan that she can go two weeks without saying anything bad about anyone. None of these are serious issues and the book never takes itself too seriously either. I appreciated that. At times, some of the teen lit I read recently is heavily focused on angst--and I do understand why, but it was nice to read something that I understood (I was a cheerleader), had enough reality, and that made me laugh. Samantha doesn't always behave kindly or honestly and she feels both hurt and stupid when gossip and jealousy strike. I guess it made me remember high school, when even good days, could feel hard and the future could seem scary. The moral is a bit about learning how destructive gossip can be. No drugs, no sex, very clean, very funny. It has a happy ending, where she ends up with a good guy, but I liked the challenge about not saying anything negative. It made me stop and think if I could do this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Viktoria Van der bilt

    Ah, what a cute book. Definitely an improvement from the first one. Although both were written with substance and humor, this one was more engaging for me because it had the romance element more prominently that the first book. (Yes, I’m hopeless like that.) However, I will have to admit that my favorite thing about this one is the character’s development, that is, Samantha’s growth. I think I will have to try that two-week being-critical detox, too, when I go back to work. PS: I think Josh is an a Ah, what a cute book. Definitely an improvement from the first one. Although both were written with substance and humor, this one was more engaging for me because it had the romance element more prominently that the first book. (Yes, I’m hopeless like that.) However, I will have to admit that my favorite thing about this one is the character’s development, that is, Samantha’s growth. I think I will have to try that two-week being-critical detox, too, when I go back to work. PS: I think Josh is an asshole after all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lenni Jones

    Actual Rating: 3.5 I didn’t absolutely hate this book like i did with “Fame, Glory, and Other Things on my To-Do List,” but I also wasn’t all that impressed. I think it has to do with the fact that the main character wasn’t very enjoyable. The only thing I really enjoyed about this book was the playful banter that went on between Logan and Samantha. I think Logan is the only reason I liked this book, actually. That’s literally all I have to say, so happy reading!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Akilah

    Janette Rallison's books remain delightful as always. My favorite thing about this one is that Samantha is kind of a jerk, but she's completely oblivious to it and still manages to be likable/someone to root for. It's nice to see her change because it feels believable. In fact, she kind of reminded me of Cher from Clueless (HIGH PRAISE, THAT). Janette Rallison's books remain delightful as always. My favorite thing about this one is that Samantha is kind of a jerk, but she's completely oblivious to it and still manages to be likable/someone to root for. It's nice to see her change because it feels believable. In fact, she kind of reminded me of Cher from Clueless (HIGH PRAISE, THAT).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    I'm not usually a fan of high school drama/romances, but All's Fair in Love, War, and High School featured a savvy heroine (despite her SAT score), and plenty of wit. It made me root for the pretty cheerleader ... and that's saying something. I'm not usually a fan of high school drama/romances, but All's Fair in Love, War, and High School featured a savvy heroine (despite her SAT score), and plenty of wit. It made me root for the pretty cheerleader ... and that's saying something.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    With a kid in high school now, I’m on the look out for reasonable teen fiction (a challenge to find). This isn’t necessarily high quality literature, but it’s also not objectionable, so that’s probably a win.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Greenwood

    Loved this! Mean girl cheerleader led to reform by the guy she is totally not interested in. Completely not interested.. Hilarity, wittiness, and a cute romance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    heather steigler

    Glad I am out of school Very quick read. Definitely reminded me of high school. Really liked the characters and the writing. Proves not all YA books need vampires.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Janette Rallison is such a fun author. The dialogue is snappy, and the characters are believable. It's really hard to go wrong with a Janette Rallison book. Janette Rallison is such a fun author. The dialogue is snappy, and the characters are believable. It's really hard to go wrong with a Janette Rallison book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay L.

    This book was awesome! If you like books with drama and cliques.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I started to read this I really didn’t like Samantha. I also didn’t like that Josh and Cassidy broke up. But it all turned out all right in the end. Another funny novel by Rallison.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Horne

    Sadly, I did not finish this one. Rallison is one of my favorite authors so I'm not sure if it was my mood or the crazy environment I tried to read in, but this one just didn't hold my attention. Sadly, I did not finish this one. Rallison is one of my favorite authors so I'm not sure if it was my mood or the crazy environment I tried to read in, but this one just didn't hold my attention.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rossana Snee

    I've liked all of Janet Rallison's books, and this was no exception. It was a fun, quick read, full of humor and romance. I ordered her next book right away to take with me on vacation! I've liked all of Janet Rallison's books, and this was no exception. It was a fun, quick read, full of humor and romance. I ordered her next book right away to take with me on vacation!

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