Beware That Girl by Teresa TotenBeware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Beware That Girl

byTeresa Toten

Hardcover | May 31, 2016

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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?
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 Ga...
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Title:Beware That GirlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.4 × 6.3 × 1.2 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385678363

ISBN - 13:9780385678360

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book highly recommend Teresa Toten really captures the world of Have and Have Nots. The struggle is real. This thrilling novel is a page turner and intense. She spins us around and intrigues us with world of the elite vs the rest of us showing us life isn't really how it all seems and to literally never judge a book by it cover. It's a powerful psychological thriller is captivating and a MUST read. I highly recommend this book. #ReadTheNorth
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent. We could see the struggles of one particular character, and their mischievous thoughts, but I felt like it did not really connect well together.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I felt like I went into this for a Gone Girl-like read, not Gossip Girl. Welcome to my review of the newest psychological thriller I have picked up in my psych-thriller craving-obsession period of time. Yes, seriously. Compared to all of the recent grand thriller-mysteries I have picked up in the latest span of time, Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten, an author who is highly praised about after her novel, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, this wasn't the greatest, only because I found that there was no point. No plot. There was no plot, honestly. Read the summary, for starters. This is a catty book about two catty characters who are best friends, but they know that they shouldn't be. It's all about competition. But when you look at this book from a real perspective, you'll find that this is honest-to-God relatable, because all we see around us these days is competition. Businesses trying to beat others with new innovations, people trying to get better grades than others, people trying to have more riches than the other. I have dealt with competition all of my life, but I didn't want to. It's like people implant competition on others who don't even want nothing to do with them frequently. Anyways, excuse me for my rant. This is really similar to books like Private by Kate Brian or Gossip Girl, from my viewpoint. There is so much dark drama occurring, but note that: DRAMA. Damn, I shouldn't even say "dark." I agree with all of the lower rating reviewers out there, because this book promised us something else. The only part where a "thriller" or "mystery" kind of situation pops up is in the ending, the last few pages where Olivia and Kate actually get the guts to do something scandalous. IT'S FAKE, THE SUMMARY IS FAKE. What secrets are here, honestly? Olivia, the rich kid out of the two, who lives in an Upper East Side posh condo with her single father and maid, Anka, has this weird secret, but it's not something that is worth going crazy over because guess what? We readers know the secret because we have to deal with reading Olivia's perspective—so what's the point, then? Where is the "Hitchcockian pace" as mentioned in the synopsis? This was a slow-moving story that was just about betrayal and scandal. Kate and Olivia had a cute relationship at times, yes, but it only had to do with Olivia's riches. They would share clothes, and that was the main part because they actually spent so many chapters going off with Mark and doing things that I cannot even explain at the moment. Kate and Olivia were good characters (not having the worst attitudes possible) but they were gross when you thought about it. I can't really understand the attraction between Olivia and Mark, but whatever. They were just characters who were influenced by older men and not trusting anyone. I certainly have never read anything similar to this, but I don't know if that's a good thing. "I didn't have top choices. Just Yale. Nothing else mattered. My life would begin when I got to Yale, and everything would make sense. I'd kept my eye on the prize all these years above and beyond anything else, beyond all the horseshit. And then I blinked. I should have gone with my gut. I was done" (138). Beware That Girl had a setting and mood to me that just screamed out "eerie." I mean, it turned out pretty weird in the end when we're looking at the twist that was supposed to scare the heck out of everyone. I just imagined grey skies for the whole book in the city that I love. I expected so much more to come from this, overall, but there were these tweaks that really made me interested, especially Kate's dedication to Yale and her future life. Nothing else mattered to her, and that was great. We really see Kate's struggles throughout the story. Now I would call her development the best out of her and Olivia. Kate is a scholarship student at Waverly, the ultra-preppy private school she and Olivia attend, and we see her character working hard throughout the story to make things happen. She skips out on a trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico with Olivia, and would rather work and prepare for her future. Things get really chaotic in the end when she's basically forced to do something that wasn't supposed to happen—something she got saved from.
Date published: 2016-12-19

Editorial Reviews

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 & Quire, Starred"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