Monday, January 16, 2012

Review of New Girl by Paige Harbison

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.
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** This book was provided to us by the publisher, and we were in no way paid for our review.
The review was done simply because we support and believe in the author's works
I have never read a book like New Girl before...While I did think that New Girl was a unique read, despite it being a re-make of a novel called Rebecca which I have yet to read, I found it original since it focused a lot on topics that most authors are more apprehensive to write about like teen sex, drinking and drug use.

While reading New Girl I was unsure of how I felt towards the novel.  It was hard to decide my emotions because despite most of the characters annoying me with the way they treated our main character (whose name we don't find out until the end), the annoying part was how most of the Manderley students would treat the MC like garbage because she was the new girl and all of them compared her to Becca or told her that she was acting far too much like Becca who the MC has never met.

At plenty of time during the novel I wanted to put it away and fume about how some character would treat the MC (who I will continue calling MC since she has no name and if I tell you it would be a spoiler), I just couldn't exactly stop. Something about Harbison's writing had me coming back just to read a little bit more and as I continued reading I immersed myself into a world of two different new girls. One of them being Becca and the other being our MC. Though I was annoyed with Becca throughout the story because of how heartless she appeared to be, when I reached the end of the novel I hardly felt sorry for her.

As for Max, he was annoying at first being the boy who was supposedly in love with Becca and was part of what made them both the golden couple, blah, blah, blah- he started to be the absolute charmer at the end. The way he treated the MC and slowly their relationship began to grow- I found myself falling for him the same way that the MC was.

The only real problem I had with the novel was the constant partying, but if you're into that kind of thing as well as a bit of mystery, private school drama, and a new girl struggling to get through senior year then I'm sure you would love New Girl.


kimba88 said... Best Blogger Tips

Good review, not sure this is my cup of coffee :)

Andrea @ Cozy Up said... Best Blogger Tips

I like your review, I don't know if I'd be able to get through this knowing that you don't get to find out the main character's name until the end, it would bug me. But the premise does sound interesting, and it does kind of make me a little intrigued because there is a reason that her name isn't told until the end and I kind of feel like I want to read this just to find that out. Thanks for the review! :)


Mandi Kaye said... Best Blogger Tips

I finished this a few hours ago, and your review puts into words exactly how I felt about it. I was struggling to write my own review because it's so strange to me to like the writing while hating the characters.

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