The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

by Lauren Kate

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595142658
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/12/2009
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Kate (www.laurenkatebooks.net) is the author of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and the internationally bestselling Fallen novels, which include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Fallen and Torment. Her books have been translated into 30 languages and have been featured on Jeopardy! She lives in Laurel Canyon, California.

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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 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.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is a retelling of MacBeth. Natalie is obsessed with becoming the next Palmetto Princess. She is part of the popular/mean girl clique in her school. She has the perfect style, friends and dreamy boyfriend and becoming Palmetto Princess is just the next thing for her to conquer - and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants..Quite frankly, I read ithis book in a couple of hours flat. I'm not sure what it was since this book is dark, none of the characters were likeable. And by unlikeable I mean they were just "mean" people. They all did bad things to their friends, to each other... Yet somehow I was compelled by Natalie's story. Maybe it was that I had an inkling of hope that she would somehow make it out a better person in the end. Ladies and gentlemen, I reference you back to the first line in this review... obviously it never ends well in Shakespeare's tragedies, as we all know.This is Ms. Kate's debut novel which was recently re-released with a new cover - which by the way is much nicer than its predecessor. Her writing style is simple, yet succint. I liked that. I also really liked that, although at first glance, the surface seemed to just be another "mean girls" tale, instead it ended up being a dark and rich story that will prove that actions, even the most insignificant ones, do have consequences.In conclusion, I found The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove to be a very engaging read.
ugafangirl23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hated it. I have read Fallen and loved it...so I was very excited to read this when I got it. I read it in about 4 hours. It was loaded with sex, drugs and drinking...which I enjoy reading about, but that was the only good thing about this book.I kept waiting for a dark and twisted turn of events, but nothing happened.I am very glad to be done with it.
missyreadsreviews on LibraryThing 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.
flamingo1325 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a nice twist on the typical unintentional death now cover it up kind of story. Set in a small southern town where there is a right and wrong side of the tracks- filthy rich verse trailer trash, this novel focuses on the rich side of things and I found it to be a somewhat refreshing take on your typical high school drama. It was in there but it wasn't too overbearing, likely because it is the rich snobby kind. What they stress over and why is different and I did enjoy it.There are several surprising events and turns, many of them coming at just the right moments to keep the reader from getting too bored or distant from the story.The book is written from Natalie's perspective and I feel her character was developed nicely. She starts out seemingly shallow, stuck up and arrogant but her background, her motivations, and her desires are revealed in a way that, looking back, is logical but helps move the story along and pull the reader through the story's events right with Natalie. She starts out as a well to do member of the rich society- and everything that comes with it from obsessing over things like winning a crown to her appearance and who her boyfriend is- but becomes something much more by the end.Mike and Natalie's relationship was another good aspect of this book- now seniors, they have been together for 3 years, completely happy until one event starts to tear them apart. The length of time they had been together is, of course, unique for any high school, but especially this hypersexual, rumor driven one. I really enjoyed how Mike played a big role but he was also somewhat if a minor character in terms of how he was in the story- it was a refreshing blend for me.Although the book did start out a little slow, really, don't the majority of books? The stage for everything was set nicely, and many characters were introduced right from the start and it all lead up to what I felt to be a really great, heart felt ending. The final closing lines were perfect in my opinion- I really did enjoy how the book seemed to end but then the reader got an even deeper look into Natalie's background- something that had been hinted at the entire story and finally, there it was. I actually enjoyed the way it split off from how the book was seemingly going to end, jumping back several years for a flashback, before returning to the epilogue. It was a unique writing style that I did enjoy.Overall, I give this book 4 stars. There were some moments where it was shallow for me but of course it had to be in this story. The writing is good- not amazing and it didn't captivate and wow me, but the story as a whole did draw me in. Everything was set up very well and followed a great path.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
High school senior Natalie Hargrove has worked hard to get from trailer trash to a ruling member of Palmetto High School. The culmination of her work should be the much coveted Palmetto Princess crown, alongside her longtime boyfriend, Mike, who should be a shoo-in for Prince. However, one person may stand in her way of couples glory and domination: her least favorite person, Justin Balmer, who is a reminder of all that Natalie has tried to get away from.After a wild party, Natalie and Mike devise a prank to give Justin a little of what he deserves¿except that the prank turns out horribly wrong. Now, Natalie must scramble to cover up their tracks and lay the blame on someone else as everyone she trusts begins slipping away from her. Can Natalie use her considerable scheming prowess to save her reputation and future, or has she crossed the line this time?THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE is an unapologetically guilty-pleasure read that will make your insides squirm with half-pleasure, half-horror. With a wonderful voice, tantalizing characters, and a steady plot, this book seems tailor-made for teen girls looking for a fast and furious read.Natalie reminds me of many unapologetically bitchy and manipulative queens of high school society. Her voice is spot-on and full of judgment against those who cross her path as well as the constant fear that she will be exposed as a fraud. She is the girl you love to hate, and yet can¿t read enough about. Though definitely callous at times, Natalie is also simultaneously the desperate, lost girl struggling to gain footing on a suspicious land. Her actions may be despicable, but she is also wonderfully justified in doing what she did, which is a remarkable achievement on Lauren Kate¿s part.Indeed, I found almost all of the characters fascinating with their complicatedly bad sides. Here, there are no perfect characters, and it¿s almost like watching a CW drama, the way you can¿t look away from these train wrecks of characters. (On a side note, I believe I also have a bit of a bad-boy crush on Justin.) Nobody really changes much throughout the story, but they are interesting enough that you just might overlook that and focus on the drama itself.The story slowly unfurls Natalie¿s past, as well as what happened between her and Justin. It can be an infuriating process, the way hints are dropped sporadically, unhelpfully. However¿and it may be my slightly masochistic side saying this¿I found the ending satisfying, in all its shock and, yes, even unexpected sweetness.THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE may not be for everyone, but if you¿re willing to overlook the fact that all of these characters and the entire situation itself are far from admirable, you¿re in for an enjoyable ride.
brainlair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Natalie has come a long way to get to senior year in Palmetto. She's changed her looks and taken on a new background. Now all she has to do is win Palmetto Princess and she'll finally feel accepted. She has the perfect boyfriend and the best connections. There's only one person who can mess things up for her and that's Natalie herself.Betrayal starts out strong - I love Natalie's snarky voice. She's on the top and she knows it. She makes the rounds of the school, touching base with all the right groups ensuring that she and Mike will be Princess and Prince this year. We meet Justin (JB) while Natalie's on her rounds and we get the first hint that Natalie is not what we think.As the story goes on though it morphs into more of the rich, high school soap antics type book we know so well. The way Natalie decides to callously cover up her mistake just bored me. The more I found out about her the less interested I was in her story.I also felt there were too many pieces thrown in that weren't necessary to the story - Natalie's dad, Double D threatening Natalie, the whorish ways of the sophomore girls... I thought the ending was a copout also. What ever happened to Baxter and OP? Since a man can't change are we to assume Natalie couldn't change either?For me, this book will only be purchased by request, so I give it 1 copy. I usually have a few students or teachers in mind when making a purchase and I couldn't think of any that might want to read this. But, I admit, these types of books are not my faves.
Kaybowes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very much a popular subject and handling -- a lot of sex, drugs, drinking, etc. Natalie has pulled herself up from the "wrong side of the tracks" only to have the possibility of losing it all, because of the death of a "friend" in which she and her boyfriend Mike played a hand.
HarlequinTwilight on LibraryThing 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 is 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¿.All in all, I say read it. It¿s good, quick, and a nice escape for a couple of hours. Another plus that I don¿t think I¿ve mentioned is the fact that it has a totally sexy, dangerous cover, which fits well with what¿s written on the pages within.
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 was.so 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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