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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ARC Review: New Girl by Paige Harbison

Released: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
*Book was provided by publisher for honest review*
They call me 'New Girl'...
Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.
Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.
Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend…but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.
And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.

What I thought

I'm not surprised I really liked this one. The description pulled me in and I knew I had to read it. I haven't read the book it was based on, so I have no point of reference for that part of the story, but I was pulled in and intrigued with the story and the characters.

What I didn't expect was to get a story from both girl's point of view. Normally, in a story like this, I prefer just the one point of view. But the way the author has written the story, it adds to the mystery instead of takes away, which I really loved. The more I read the more I really wanted to know what the heck was going on.

I liked the darkness. I don't find many YA books, that aren't dystopian, that seem to be on the dark side. It has a gothic feel that even the reader can get chills from. It wasn't over the top and it didn't feel like something that could never happen. Which makes for a very good story.

I'd suggest more mature YA audiences for this one, but it is definitely worth waiting for and picking up!

My Rating

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P.E. said...

Ooh, gothic and it gives chills? I must read this book! I've seen the cover a lot but I never really read about the book until I read your review. It sounds interesting. I usually like multiple perspectives so I have high hopes for New Girl. Thanks for the review!

Candace said...

I've read mostly negative reviews for this one and I don't really think the characters would do it for me. But it's nice to read the review of someone who enjoyed it and the gothic feel would definitely appeal to me. So glad you really enjoyed it!

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