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 of

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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 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.

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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.)
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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Penguin Publishing Group
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8.02(w) x 5.56(h) x 0.70(d)
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
I'm one of those people that, once I discover an author that has a great book, I like to read what ever else they have available. I had read Fallen a while back, and looked up on Lauren's website to see if she had any other books available. When I saw The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and read the blurb ... I hesitated. I'm not a huge fan of the "popular" people, or people that do harmful things to get ahead in life - it's never been my thing. So, I guess it was a blessing in disguise when I won an ARC of The Betrayal... through a blogger contest. I have to admit, I enjoyed the book than what I thought I would. Lauren Kate made sure that we got glimpses into Natalie's past to show why she acts the way that she does, and I think that helped to make Natalie a more real character that you could actually relate to and empathize. In the end, I still thought Natalie's actions were horrible and definitely something that could have been avoided all together. But, then again, I guess we wouldn't have had a great YA book to read if that would have happened. Overall, the plot was good. The characters were very real, though I have to say the only one I actually liked was Mike. The writing was wonderful, as it was in Fallen and the ending was kind of expected, but I was still surprised even when I fancied the idea of the ending before I actually read it. Lauren Kate is a wonderful author and I look forward to reading more books by her in the future.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
As a Lauren Kate Fan I had to read this book and can only say: I loved it.
southrnbella More than 1 year ago
As a child Natalie grew up with her dysfunctional family living in Cawdor's trailer park. All Natalie ever wanted was to live on the rich side of the cove and be a Palmetto princess. Fast forward to high school it seems Natalie is finally getting what she wants. The perfect all American boyfriend, Mike King, who just can't seem to keep his hands off of Natalie. Her mothers engagement to the next money bag of the month and she is a shoe in for Palmetto princess. But when one of the running princes, Justin Balmer, seems to remember a incident from Natalie and his past that could come back to ruin her. As Natalie plans a prank on J.B. she never knew things would end up so deadly and now relies on Mike to help her cover up the truth. Will the school find out she was behind it or will she fool them all and be crowned the next Palmetto Princess? live2lovebooks.blogspot.
luna_loves_books More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting book, it was okay, and the ending was different was expecting that ti happen. If you want a quick read you should read this book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
There are a few things that Natalie Hargrove wants out of her time at Palmetto High School, but the big one is becoming Palmetto Princess and her boyfriend, Mike, to be Palmetto Prince. And Natalie Hargrove will do anything she has to do to make sure this happens. When Natalie finds that Mike is at major risk of losing the battle for the crown to the one person Natalie hates, Justin Balmer, we find out just what she will do to make sure that her dreams come true. But what's the cost of fame within the high school setting? And what's that cost when the person she's battling is the one person who has the power to take her down? Now, when I got this book I hadn't actually read the synopsis about it. All I knew was that it was Lauren Kate's debut novel, I loved the cover, and I wanted to read it before I read FALLEN (out now). But I'm glad. I was totally shocked and surprised at the twists and turns in THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE - and I loved it! It was a shocking and fun ride to take with Natalie, and let's just say the ending shocked me even more. This is a very Cruel Intentions (1999 Reese Witherspoon/Ryan Phillippe/Sarah Michelle Gellar movie that was totally awesome, which ironically contained a character with the last name Hargrove) kind of story, and that made it even more enjoyable. The main thing I fault this novel for is that it seemed like some of the characters were just around to move the story along, and then once their job was done you didn't really see them again, or they just got a side mention. But this being a quick read, I can understand why it was like that, so I don't hold that too much against it. It seems like with all the talk surrounding FALLEN that THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE has been lost in the shuffle, or will be, but I hope that doesn't happen. I really enjoyed Natalie, Mike, the Bambies, and even JB, and the journey they took me on, and I think other people will, too. It's a story of blackmail, desire, darkness, and deeds that are so dark it would make Nyx shiver. Natalie messed with the Fates - and you just don't mess with the Fates!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read all of luaren kates books and never got tired of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was a good fast read about good people making bad choices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ending will blow you away A must read!
TheReaderSophia More than 1 year ago
this book was a little confusing at times but otherwise good
kgirl1721 More than 1 year ago
''I loved this book, it was genius!'' This book was twisted and unexpected it's pretty much about a selfish teenage girl who makes one huge mistake this is the best Lauren Kate book!
crowntiara15 More than 1 year ago
The story was a little rocky in the beginning, another book about self absorbed teenagers. However, once the story gets to its conflict, it becomes hard to put the book down. The book is another shock after another. You wont believe how the story ends. I definitely recommend this book to teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt realize how good of a book it was at first but when i started reading it it was impossible to put down. I was reading it just about all day every day. I just wish tht there was a second one. I loved the way sheended it but i also wanted it to have a happy ending. I can tell you that im a big reader and have read hundreds of books but this one p really stood out! Even if you dont read alot it will be something tht youre definitely interested in. But there is alot of drama that makes it interesting so i guess drama in this case is a good thing even thouh i dont like drama! So do yourself a favor and try reading his marvelous book. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE times a million. And most books start out boring but his one was interesting from page one until the end. LOVE IT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I couldnt stop reading and when the ending came I shocked that I srarted crying and the part when it says some say life flashesn,before your eyes just before you die. For me it was just one moment. Same watee different fall. It made it even more sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how she ends it. showing that you don't always get what you wish for and that the future has a multitude of possibilities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not read this book, however, I do not think it is very appropriate for someone my age- 11. The reviews from CHILDREN'S LITERATURE and VOYA both say that this book consists mainly of xes (backwards). Although I do not think I would like this book, I loved Lauren Kate's Fallen Series. They were AMAZING!! Would anyone recommend the Teardrops book by Lauren kate?
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Nothing like reading about a bunch of rich and spoiled teenagers. It took so long to get to the point that I just wasn't the tiniest bit interested anymore.
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
The main character is Natalie Hargrove and seems that she has more than a few skeletons in her cupboard to deal with in this shocking tale. All her life she has wanted to leave her trailer park past behind her and the ultimate expression of that would be getting crowned as Miss Palmetto at her high school and being on top of the social strata. But a stupid prank one night after a party has tragic consequences and she and her boyfriend are sent into a twisted world, mainly driven by Natalie and her fears. In a Macbeth twist, she starts to believe she is seeing a ghost of the boy she left that night of the party, and pretty much melts down at the biggest party of the school year. The ending is not what I was expecting and is kinda sad, but the point that Ms. kate was trying to make I think is that Natalie might have been trying to get away from her past, but no matter what you might do, the past still is a factor in your present, even if you really don't want it to be. Natalie tried her best to put it all behind her...just like she said, "I had tried to make a fresh start when I crossed over to Palmetto, but I guess some pasts are just too powerful." Maybe Natalie isn't the best character, but in her mind, she is trying to hold onto the one thing that she thinks can make her life better...the Palmetto Princess title. But in the end its not enough to keep her from slipping completely away. If you love a psychological thriller with some good dialog and a plot that keeps you holding on till the end, pick this up!!