Revenge Cake is a love story between the main characters Logan and Leilani that is anything but perfect. Told in alternating viewpoints of the main characters, the reader is given both the past and present to compare. Logan is a serial dater and hops from one girlfriend to another, checking out of the relationship before it is completely dismantled and finding another girl to date. He falls in love easily which his best friend Armaan makes fun of him for throughout the book. Leilani is an intelligent girl who has an addictive AND vindictive personality. As she tries to control her anxiety and panic attacks she starts to overmedicate with Ativan that she is prescribed by her doctor. This, combined with drinking alcohol makes for a dangerous cocktail and turns Leilani into a different person; a person who flirts with other guys in front of Logan and who is a sloppy mess.
I was first drawn to Revenge Cake by its cover and title. I love the watercolor picture of the cake and the title gives the book an air of vindictive sweetness. At the beginning of the book, Leilani and her best friend, Brenna, make a cake for Logan for closure of his relationship with his last girlfriend, Brittani. Brenna is Armaan’s girlfriend and this is how Logan meets Leilani and falls in love with her. They call the cake “Closure Cake”.
The book deals with several underlying issues that the characters are dealing with. The main one, the one that may be most important, is that of mental health. As written in the author’s note to the reader at the end of the book, the author herself has struggled with anxiety and panic disorder and was able to integrate the seriousness of these into the plot of her book through the character of Leilani. There are many people who will be able to relate to Leilani’s character. The other issue in the book is codependency. Logan’s character felt so lonely at times that this turned him into a very desperate character. Despite having a supportive best friend and a twin sister he is very close to, I felt that Logan’s childhood and the way his mother treated him created this need for love that he couldn’t seem to fulfill in his relationships.
I really enjoyed reading Revenge Cake and recommend it to fans of romance, heartbreak, and beautiful endings.
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