The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

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by Lauren Kate
     
 

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Charleston beauty Natalie Hargrove has been dreaming for years of being crowned senior class prom queen. When her ex threatens to ruin her flawless plan, Natalie sets into motion a chain of events meant to regain control. But she's made one fatal mistake . . .

Published shortly before Lauren Kate's international bestseller Fallen, The Betrayal ofSee more details below

Overview

Charleston beauty Natalie Hargrove has been dreaming for years of being crowned senior class prom queen. When her ex threatens to ruin her flawless plan, Natalie sets into motion a chain of events meant to regain control. But she's made one fatal mistake . . .

Published shortly before Lauren Kate's international bestseller Fallen, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is her memorable debut - reissued now for the first time with a dazzling new cover look! A contemporary story based on the enduring classic Macbeth, this grounded, realistic novel has what it takes to backlist forever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In debut novelist Kate's racy gothic tale, set in the town of Palmetto, S.C., high school senior Natalie—a ruthless, sharp-tongued queen bee who has worked hard to bury her roots on the wrong side of town—dreams of being elected to her school's Palmetto Court alongside her boyfriend, Mike. But the night of the bawdy annual Mardi Gras party, the couple ties drunk party-boy J.B. to a tree as a prank, to sabotage his chances at beating Mike to becoming Palmetto Prince. When J.B. is found dead, an investigation ensues, and Natalie ropes Mike into scheming to preserve her fairy tale plans. Natalie's acid perspective drives Kate's deliciously twisted story. “I've always known girls from the South could get a bad rap for being kind of saccharine, but Palmetto should have taken out a patent on its own brand of artificiality,” she muses. “These girls could change their attitudes more quickly than their clothes and never look worse for the wear.” It's a philosophy that Natalie exemplifies perfectly, but by book's end, Kate demonstrates that there's more to Natalie than meets the eye. Ages 14–up. (Nov.)
Booklist
Lots of adjectives can be applied to this debut effort-mean, smutty, decadent-and all of them should be taken as compliments.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Just who is Natalie Hargrove? She is the girl other girls want to hate yet at the same time envy her status. Talk about a snotty, rich, beautiful high-school girl thinking she is the greatest individual on earth. She sets the standards of what is important in school, looks, and behavior; of course, this is only what she believes the standards should be. Being successful at this, there was just one more goal for her to achieve and that was to become the next Palmetto Princess. Of course, it would not be perfect unless her boyfriend Mike King was the Palmetto Prince. When Natalie realizes that Mike is very close to losing to Justin, a boy she detests, she comes up with a scheme to ruin Justin's reputation. Unfortunately, the result is disastrous. Information is provided throughout the book to "explain" why Natalie is the way she is; however, I just did not buy it. I felt the beginning of the book was boring and had to push myself to read it. I will say the ending did provide an unexpected twist. There are sex, drugs, and just plain nastiness throughout the book, and I think this could have been toned down. Much of the book was predictable, and the author included too much information that seemed to be more of a way to make the book longer than was necessary. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
VOYA - Kristin Anderson
High school senior Natalie is the queen bee of her class and is looking forward to becoming the Palmetto Princess, a highly coveted title among her peers. Her background is very different from that of her ultra-wealthy boyfriend, Mike, although she hides it well. She desperately wants Mike to be voted Palmetto Prince and works hard to campaign for him. Unfortunately her nemesis, Justin, is also a contender. When Natalie and Mike play a prank on Justin to ensure he will not become Prince, things go horribly wrong. Natalie and Mike scramble to hide their involvement, and things deteriorate rapidly. Set in South Carolina, this depiction of the lives of the wealthy feels authentic. Less genuine is Natalie's ability to infiltrate a society for which she does not have the family credentials to be a part, particularly because her mother is not adept at fitting in. Character motivations are often unclear, and the author occasionally goes a little heavy on the adjectives. Natalie and Mike's relationship revolves around sex (including under-the-table foot hijinks in the presence of his parents). Teen partying and language is in keeping with what one would expect from this genre. Oddly missing is the repetitive mention of fashion brand names and involved descriptions of clothing, which does appear to be part of the hook of the Gossip Girl series and its ilk. This book will be enjoyed by teens who appreciate titles with irredeemably "mean girl" characters. Reviewer: Kristin Anderson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101546178
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
306,406
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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