I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Beware That Girl on May 31, 2016
This powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the mega-wealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.
The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian 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. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.
As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder 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, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. 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. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?
After officially finishing Beware That Girl, I think I’d have to explain it as Gossip Girl with a dark twist. Honestly, that’s what made it incredibly amazing! The story follows two girls in NYC, Kate and Olivia. Kate is the scholarship girl who has been working 20 hours on the weekends just to pay her rent so that she can keep attending Waverly School. Olivia, on the other hand, is extremely rich and lives in a huge mansion. Kate works hard to befriend Olivia, and before she knows it, she’s living in Olivia’s huge house. Besides their pasts, the two have a future in common because they both want to attend Yale.
I absolutely loved that this book had two different perspectives, because I’m a sucker for those. I love following the story through different eyes because it really reveals so much. Though Kate and Olivia were both main characters, I preferred Kate. She worked harder for what she wanted while Olivia was already rich.
This book seemed so bright and cheery in the beginning and read just like a contemporary for quite a bit. However, little creepy tidbits kept getting added in and before you know it, the novel was kind of like a thriller and got pretty suspenseful. I honestly loved that so much! I had almost forgotten that I wasn’t reading a contemporary because of how subtle some of the creepiness was in the beginning. I know for sure that I’m going to be checking out more by Teresa Toten in the future!