Monday, January 30, 2012

REVIEW: NEW GIRL by Paige Harbison

Synopsis (Marketing copy from Netgalley):
A contemporary young-adult retelling inspired by the classic 1938 romantic suspense bestseller Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
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.

Product Details:
Title- New Girl
Author- Paige Harbison
Format- E-galley
Publisher- Harlequin
Imprint- HarlequinTEEN
Release date- January 31, 2012
Source- Netgalley (for review)

New Girl captured my attention from the very first page. A haunting mystery centered on a very unhappy girl trying so desperately to be someone else that it swallows her whole and the strong new girl who fights the tide of obsession to stay true to herself. Everyone at Manderly Academy is obsessed Becca Normandy, a legend at Manderly. The mystery behind her disappearance floats around every corner, and Callie is just trying to stay afloat amidst the idolization of a girl who isn’t even there. The author did an amazing job making Callie disappear herself. What I mean is I couldn’t have told her name until the very end of the book. She literally became “new girl” in the story. The entire story she is fighting for her identity, to be known as more than “new girl.” And the story chronicles her life in the shadow of the infamous Becca. I really enjoyed the way the book alternated between Callie’s first person POV and Becca’s third person POV. I could actually visualize how Callie’s year at Manderly followed in Becca’s footsteps. This created and built upon the eeriness of the situation and really developed an interesting atmosphere that kept me hooked to every word. The characters and their flaws were realistic and believable and even heartbreaking at times. The author made me care about each of them. I expected Becca to pop up everywhere and nowhere all at the same time. Overall, definitely a success, and I would certainly read it again! Pick this one up quick, you won’t be sorry.
Buy links:
Amazon paperback
Amazon E-book
Barnes and Noble paperback/Nook book

Connect with the Author:

1 comment:

  1. What a great review. I've thought about watching the series on television.