Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: New Girl by Paige Harbison

Title: New Girl
Author: Paige Harbison
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin Teen (Jan. 31, 2011)
Source: ARC Net Galley
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
My Rating; 4 Stars

Goodreads Description:
 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.

My Review:
This book kind of has some mixed reviews, it seems it is one of those that you either really like or you just don't care for at all. I happen to fall into the first category, I really enjoyed this book.

I loved all the mystery and intrigue in it. Not knowing exactly what happened to Becca. Was she alive?

Was she dead? A ghost?

Was it an accident? Did she run away or was it murder?

I loved that the book alternated between the present with Callie and the past with Becca. It really put into perspective who Becca was and that what some people thought and saw wasn't really what was going on in her life, that she wasn't what she seemed, that no one was what they seemed. Nothing was how it appeared. That there was so much more between the lines.

People only saw what they wanted to with both Becca and Callie and really, isn't that how it is a lot in the real world? Don't we sometimes judge a book by its cover before ever opening it up and even reading the synopsis? 

Harbison did a beautiful job on weaving a tale of sorrow, lust and love. Heartache and longing. Of second guessing and deceit. 

It was beautifully done and I can't wait to read more from her!

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