Review: New Girl
Jan • 9 • 2012
Title: New Girl
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Paige Harbison
Release Date: January 31, 2012
“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.”
After reading the first page, I was astounded with the rude awakening the new girl Manderly gets. Not only did the author have me hooked but I always enjoy a book with mean people in it. Cause I know in the end, the redemption of what the characters goes through will come out to shine.
What I enjoyed most about this book is the great plot line. Filled with a heavy overload of prejudiced, Manderly is taking the place of a girl who is love by all and missing. The way the girls treated the new girls made me want to go into the book and kick their little butts! These girls were mean, but gave the story so much action. Manderly took no crap from anyone and she held her head high better than anyone I ever known.
The way the plot unfolded with the missing girl is a great story told. The point of view switches back and forth between the new girl and the old new girl Becca gave the story a great filling that I couldn’t get enough of. I thought the similarities between the girls was astounding. Not to mention the boy trouble just doused it up a notch for me!
There wasn’t really a love interest in the story but one that is surely starting at the ending of the story. Once everything is said and put to rest, Manderly is able to move on with her life. She created strong friendships with good loyalty. I like that in the end, even though Becca and Manderly seem alike, they are truly not the same.
This book is written so good that I could not get my eyes off of it. I was able to read it fast cause it had all the elements that I like in a book. A mystery disappearance, a new girl, mean girls, and friends harboring a deep secret that just yearns for the truth.
I give it 4 BITES!