Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA/ Teen
Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school's Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn't share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie's nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to play a prank on Justin--one that goes terribly wrong. [via GoodReads]
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is a retelling of MacBeth. Natalie is obsessed with becoming the next Palmetto Princess. She is part of the popular/mean girl clique in her school. She has the perfect style, friends and dreamy boyfriend and becoming Palmetto Princess is just the next thing for her to conquer - and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants..
Quite frankly, I read ithis book in a couple of hours flat. I'm not sure what it was since this book is dark, none of the characters were likeable. And by unlikeable I mean they were just "mean" people. They all did bad things to their friends, to each other... Yet somehow I was compelled by Natalie's story. Maybe it was that I had an inkling of hope that she would somehow make it out a better person in the end. Ladies and gentlemen, I reference you back to the first line in this review... obviously it never ends well in Shakespeare's tragedies, as we all know.
This is Ms. Kate's debut novel which was recently re-released with a new cover - which by the way is much nicer than its predecessor. Her writing style is simple, yet succint. I liked that. I also really liked that, although at first glance, the surface seemed to just be another "mean girls" tale, instead it ended up being a dark and rich story that will prove that actions, even the most insignificant ones, do have consequences.
In conclusion, I found The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove to be a very engaging read.