- Publisher: Harlequin
- Format: Paperback | 314 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 249g
- Publication date: 31 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills, Ont.
- ISBN 10: 0373210426
- ISBN 13: 9780373210428
- Edition: 1
- Edition statement: Original.
- Sales rank: 330,328
"Welcome to Manderley Academy" I hadn't wanted to go, but my parents were so excited.... So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water. But mine's not the name on everyone's lips. Oh, no. It's Becca Normandy they can't stop talking about. Perfect, beautiful Becca. She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley--the spot that I got. And everyone acts like it's my fault that infallible, beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by "not" perfect, completely fallible, unknown Me. Then, there's the name on "my" lips--Max Holloway. Becca's ex. The one boy I should avoid, but can't. Thing is, it seems like he wants me, too. But the memory of Becca is always between us. And as much as I'm starting to like it at Manderley, I can't help but think she's out there, somewhere, watching me take her place. Waiting to take it back.
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By Carey Tran 30 Dec 2013
If you're a fan of mystery, like me, then you will totally LOVE this book! I really thought i would be diving into a book that would drag on forever. But this book proved me wrong.
At first, i didn't know what to think of the two perspectives, changing from the present to the past. However, as more lies and secrets were revealed, it made it seem more relevant. At times, I would forget about what happened before and i'd be a little confused, but it made me feel involved, knowing a secret that the 'new girl' and the others didn't know about. It was pretty thrilling.
Becca's story reminded me of One Tree Hill for some reason LOL. Maybe it was the partying. I didn't like Becca, and I still don't like her.
Dana was.. a puzzle. I couldn't quite figure whether i should like her or not. And she was just plain creepy.
I'm a BIG fan of romance and love development, and I wished the story had a little bit more romance to it. There wasn't a lot of chemistry between characters. The only characters i felt confident about were Cam and Blake.
I LOVED how oblivious i was to the fact that when i reached the middle of the book, i realised i didn't even know the name of the 'new girl'. I love it. I don't know why, it was the mystery of it all. It made me wonder 'just who is this girl' 'WHAT IF HER NAME IS BECCA?!'
OKAY NOW ONTO THE BOYS! WE ALL LOVE THE BOYS! Johnny was my favourite. It seemed like he had more emotions than Max. Max seemed like a stoner. Sure, he was hot. That was all the author could say about him. I needed more. The little things, like the way he smiled or furrowed his brow, I don't know! It would've been nice to dig deep with him. I loved Johnny because he had so much more character in him, and he was the bridge to this story, the mystery. Man, when you find out about the secret...
All in all, i loved it. The story didn't drag on, drama, mystery and suspense hung in the air, and it just kept going. I couldn't put the book down. I just had to finish it. AND, IT'S ONLY ONE NOVEL! Thank goodness. No sequels or anything like that. Just an all in one mystery-thrilling-drama novel. AWESOME!
By MissPageTurner 27 Nov 2013
This year a new girl is attending Manderley Academy. And she took Becca's place. Becca who was friends with everybody. Becca who was perfect. Becca who is gone now.
There are chapters alternating between our new girl and Becca’s point of view.
Set at boarding school, I was looking forward to a lively setting with a bunch of fun and individual characters. But the characters weren’t as I imagined them to be. Our protagonist who is known as the new girl at Manderley is welcomed by prejudiced and withdrawn people who have to constantly compare her to Becca. And I found myself growing irritated by the permanent references to the perfect girl who disappeared one year ago. So our new girl doesn’t really have a chance to be herself, people started defining her before she even arrived.
The love stories of Becca and the new girl aren't ordinary and solely romantic, they are bringing lots and lots of drama, intrigues and lies to the story. Becca is very different from the new girl who is only interested in one boy, Max. His and new girl’s relationship was one of my favourite parts of the story. Although Becca went missing over one year ago the story is mostly about her relationships and friends that the new girl picked up. It’s interesting to see how both girls started their lives at boarding school differently and how they define their relationships.
4/5 **** NEW GIRL - A cleverly constructed, lulling psychological drama.
The uncertainty about Becca Normandy's whereabouts, the strange behaviour of other students towards our protagonist and otherworldly occurrences play with the reader's imagination. This whole story is very mysterious and scary and I caught myself developing the wildest theories about who the new girl really was and what it was about her connection to Becca.
By theEPICrat 20 Feb 2012
What is with the growing popularity of books that go bump in the night? new girl follows this dark vein as we follow New Girl into a new school where the queen bee Becca rules with an iron fist despite the fact that she has vanished into thin air. Paige Harbison expertly builds the tension slowly but surely as it dances around the question of Becca's current whereabouts - not to mention, New Girl's actual name. If I had to describe new girl using other books, I would probably say it is a chimera of here lies bridget, choker, and all those "new girl at boarding school and rooms with the weird girl" stories. All the jealousies, heartaches, and spine tinglies will help to suck readers into new girl as the story behind Becca's disappearance resurfaces and threatens to pull New Girl into dangerous waters.
By Suzanne Finnegan 30 Dec 2011
I received this book for review from Netgalley.
This book was absolutely fantastic. I was up till 4.30am reading it, I could not put it down until I had finished.
The "New Girl" at Manderly Academy is taking the place of Becca Normandy, a pretty and popular girl who went missing at the end of the previous year. Her dorm room is full of pictures of Becca and her belongings are still in the room. Her room mate Dana, insists that Becca will be back and that the "New Girl" cannot take her place. Everyone she talks to talks about Becca and she feels everyone is comparing them and that she is coming up short. She hears them all talking about her all the time. But there a few students who are nice to her, and one of them is Max, Becca's ex-boyfriend, who according to everyone, was SO in love with Becca.
This story was amazing. It was told from the point of view of the "New Girl" and also Becca. It was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were all well written, the "New Girl" was really likeable and it was great to see her grow as a person and get a new perspective on life after high school. I really liked Max too. I love a good romance and I enjoyed the way the author ended this.