15 May 2012

Blog tour: New girl - Review

New girl by Paige Harbison
Available now.

What's it about?
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.
My review
I'm not familiar with the story of Rebecca so won't be able to make any comparisons in this review but I did really enjoy New girl. I had already read Paige Harbison's debut novel, Here lies Bridget, last year and really liked it so I was looking forward to this one, whilst I'd say her first book is my favourite that's only because some parts of this one felt a little bit rushed over, otherwise I have no complaints.
The storyline was fun but at the same time it had it's dark moments and some very emotional ones to, I really liked the character of 'New girl' she really stuck it out when things got tough for her and of course I was dying to know her name all the way through!
Harbison has a really easy-to-read writing style that make her books a breeze to get through and has me really anticipating her next releases.
Her characters are well developed and relatable and pull me into the book so that I don't want to put it down at night.
I really can't wait to see what the author comes up with next as she's becoming a favourite author for me.

My thoughts on the cover
I LOVE this cover! Not just because of the colours and those cool socks! But how it relates to the book as in 'New girl' finds herself walking in someone elses shoes as she's constantly compared to Becca.

Favourite quotes
'What was it about this girl Becca? Everything I'd heard about her made it seem like she was some kind of goddess who enchanted people just by being around them. I mean, I understand that it's really awful to have a peer be missing and possibly dead...but it's like she was friends with everyone. It was like she'd been perfect.'

'Before I could talk myself out of it, his lips were on mine. My mind went blank. My body went numb. I faded into him, letting my bag fall to the floor. I didn't care if someone walked in. I didn't care if anyone saw.'

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