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Beware That Girl

by Teresa Toten

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thrillers & suspense, friendship, sexual abuse)
list price: $21.99
also available: Paperback
published: 2016
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beach read material

This fictional YA novel shares the tale of Kate O'Brian and Olivia Sumner, the unlikely of friends. One hails from the elite, the other does not. Both have their hearts set on Yale, with strong determination and drive to succeed. Both have life secrets, both want these to remain in the past.

The duo is soon intrigued by Mark Redkin, the new head of fundraising at their private school. He is charismatic and mysterious with his own aspirations to win over the hearts of staff and students. Trepidation looms, there is more than meets the eye.

I yearn for fantastic psychological thrillers that can keep me racing through to the end, this one just didn't make the cut. Although it was a quick read, the suspense factor was simply not there for me. I was left disappointed, more so as it had potential but did not live up to expectations.

A little beach read perhaps? 3 generous stars for this one.

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  • Short-listed, CrimeFest Awards - Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (12-16)
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From Governor General award-winner Teresa Toten comes a powerful and twisted psychological thriller that will rightly draw comparisons to We Were Liars and Gone Girl. Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.
The Haves. The Have Nots. Kate O'Brien appears to be a Have Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she's had to snake her way out of--some more sinister than others. But she's determined to change that. She's book smart. She's street-smart. And she's also a masterful liar.
     As the scholarship student at the elite Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ranks and land a spot at Yale. She's already found her "people" among the senior class "it" girls--specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she's always needed, the sister she never had.
     When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration as head of fundraising, he immediately charms his way into the faculty and students' lives--especially Olivia's, although she doesn't share what's going on. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can't reveal and can't afford to ignore. Mark has his own plan for a bright future and never doubts that he can pull it off. How close can Kate and Olivia get with Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

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Contributor notes

TERESA TOTEN is the award-winning author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, which won the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. She is also the author of the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as The Game, The Onlyhouse and, with Eric Walters, The Taming. She has been nominated for the OLA White Pine Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, among numerous other prizes. Although she was born in Zagreb, Croatia, Teresa left for Canada on that very same day. She lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Review

Listed, 5 Best Kids' Books of the Year (2016), Quill & Quire

"Combines a Gossip Girl milieu with the unsettled psychological terrain of Gone Girl."--Publishers Weekly
"Has all the makings of a crossover hit. It's smart, dark, entertaining, and unpredictable."--Quill & QuireStarred
"A sharp narative whose twists will demand an instant reread. Beware That Girl is a terrifying chess game, and Toten is the ultimate player."--National Reading Campaign (Canada)
"A tense teen thriller."--Kirkus
"The author skillfully reveals gritty and tantalizing details in meager bites, keeping readers captivated. A must-have for teen fans of psychological thrillers such as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl."--SLJ 
Praise for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B:

"Toten masterfully portrays the turbulent emotions and deep-seated fears of someone suffering from mental illness. . . . Ultimately, the book draws the reader in with its emotional intensity and sophistication. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of life, loss, love, brokenness and the purest form of bravery: giving in and asking for help." --Quill & Quire 

"Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples. A definite next read for teens who loved John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will." --School Library Journal, starred review

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