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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

Title: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
Author: Lauren Kate
Pages: 235
Genre: YA/ Teen
Source:  Purchased
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. 

My Rating:

10 comments:

Carina said...

I really love the new cover and while I haven't read too many reviews for it, I've been thinking about getting a copy nonetheless. Thanks a lot for sharing your opinion with us - I'm glad you liked it and you definitely made me want to pick it up even more. Sometimes it's quite refreshing to read about the "bad guys" / "mean girls". ;)

Carina
Fictional Distraction

~The Book Pixie said...
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~The Book Pixie said...

I read and reviewed this book quite some time back but I really liked it and agree with practically everything you said. The new cover is more aesthetically pleasing but I still feel like the old one really fit the book well. Though I guess this one does too, just in a different way as it shows the more scared and vulnerable side of Natalie while the other shows the manipulative bi-otch version of Natalie. lol. Great review.

~Briana

Bookish Brunette said...

I've had this book on my TBR FOREVER!!!!! Gah! I need to get to it!

Nick said...

I haven't heard of this book, but I might check it out.
Thanks for the really good review.

Nick

Amanda @ Letters Inside Out said...

This cover is SO much prettier than mine! I read it awhile back when I first came across Kate's other books and really enjoyed it!

Happy to see it getting some blog attention. :)

Amanda @ Letters Inside Out

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I'm definitely intrigued because of the connection to MacBeth but I try not to knowingly read books with unlikeable characters. It is not as enjoyable to me as others.

Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

Macbeth might be my favorite story from Shakespeare, so I'm definitely going to give this one a try :) Thanks for the review; it's actually the first one I read about this book ^^

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