🚺 Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten.
Source: review copy courtesy of Hotkey Books – thank you!
🚺 BLURB: Kate O’Brien has always been known as the scholarship kid, running away from a terrible past and overcoming obstacles, some more sinister than others. She’s determined to make a better life for herself. She deserves it. And at the elite Waverly school, Kate is willing to do whatever it takes to climb the social ladder and land her spot at Yale.
There’s one girl in particular who catches Kate’s eye. Olivia Michelle Sumner, all born blonde and rich and just messed up enough for Kate to latch on to. As for Olivia, she’s a damaged girl, looking to be mended. She finds something promising in Kate. A study buddy. A best friend. A sister she never had. But even a vulnerable girl like Olivia has her own dark past to contend with. When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he manages to woo the whole student body, paying particular attention to Olivia – an affair she very much wants to keep to herself, especially from Kate. And as a man who knows just how to get what he wants, Kate realises that Mark poses a huge threat, in more ways than she is willing to admit.
🚺 MY REVIEW: So I just finished this book with a scrunched up smirk on my face. You know the one? The one that means it was more than good. That it was sly and vindictive and the bitch in you can’t get enough? Yeah, well that one. Although I must add that there was definitely a little bit of applaud/congratulation nodding for Teresa Toten thrown in for good measures too because to be honest with you it was more than I expected it to be. Right from the off you think you possibly see where it’s all going and you hold on to your own instincts thinking you’re amazingly smart only to be laughed at maliciously when the truth all comes spiralling out. You’ve got to give kudos to the author for that haven’t you? Totally shows how great of a writer they are when they can do that. So Teresa, good on you girl 👍🏻
Beware That Girl is clever, twisted, dark and dangerous. It’s secretive, frustrating, obsessive, disillusioned and utterly captivating. It’s original and feisty and to be fair does upset you at times as there is a dark, sensitive and in-depth underlining to the plot throughout the read that will definitely shock you. Which has been written with respect and care which I appreciate when faced with what can be a uncomfortable part of a book. We’re not heartless are we, but we do love a sob story don’t we?
So teaming all that up with a small but thriving cast of diverse and excellent characters gives us an intimate and bizarre family structure like no other.
Overall this is one fantastic read!
A book that leaves you dangling by a thread over the wealthy New York skyline waiting for you to drop deep fast and hard to your death. Fabulous!
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🚺 BOOK DETAILS:
Title: Beware That Girl.
Author: Teresa Toten.
Genre: YA & Teens/Psychological Thriller.
Length: 336 Pages.
Publisher: Hot Key Books.
Publication Date: 12/01/2017
🚺 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Teresa Toten is the author of Beware That Girl; The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, winner of the Governor General s Literary Award in Canada; The Game; The Onlyhouse; and, with Eric Walters, The Taming. She is also the author of the acclaimed Blondes series. Teresa lives in Toronto.