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New Girl by Paige Harbison

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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.

Goodreads Summary

Have you ever been accused of trying to replace someone?  Callie has left her Florida home for a boarding school in New Hampshire her senior year of high school.  Since the day she arrived at Manderley Academy, girls have been accusing her of trying to replace a student who disappeared the year before.  Rebecca, Becca, Normandy had been the “it girl” of the school.  She dated the hottest guy, was beautiful, and could be friend anyone.  Unfortunately, Becca was not a very nice person.  She was manipulative, cruel, and sough the spotlight at any cost.  Could someone have forced Becca to disappear?  The two girls are foils of each other.  Callie has nothing to do with Becca, but Callie cannot escape Becca’s shadow, no one will let her.  When Callie is approached by Becca’s ex-boyfriend, Callie’s life at Manderley goes from bad to worse. 

    Switching between Callie and Becca’s points of view makes the story much more interesting and allows the reader a look into Becca’s mind, explaining her motivation for the things she did.  This book is a good mystery and would be perfect for an audience of teen girls.  I give four and a half out of five stars because the book could be a little slow in places; Callie was a fantastic character though.

4 1/2 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*
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  1. Addie R. said...:

    Glad you liked it. I've been hearing mixed reviews fro this one, so I'm not sure what to expect.