New Girl

New Girl

Paige Harbison / Nov 27, 2020

New Girl Welcome to Manderley AcademyI hadn t wanted to go but my parents were so excited So here I am the new girl at Manderley a true fish out of water But mine s not the name on everyone s lips Oh no It

  • Title: New Girl
  • Author: Paige Harbison
  • ISBN: 9780373210428
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to Manderley AcademyI hadn t wanted to go, but my parents were so excited So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water But mine s not the name on everyone s lips Oh, no.It s Becca Normandy they can t stop talking about Perfect, beautiful Becca She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley the spot that I gotWelcome to Manderley AcademyI hadn t wanted to go, but my parents were so excited So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water But mine s not the name on everyone s lips Oh, no.It s Becca Normandy they can t stop talking about Perfect, beautiful Becca She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley the spot that I got And everyone acts like it s my fault that infallible, beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by not perfect, completely fallible, unknown Me.Then, there s the name on my lips Max Holloway Becca s ex The one boy I should avoid, but can t Thing is, it seems like he wants me, too But the memory of Becca is always between us And as much as I m starting to like it at Manderley, I can t help but think she s out there, somewhere, watching me take her place.Waiting to take it back.

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    1. This book is a retelling of Rebecca, which was my first favorite book. I read it when I was 13; it was my first foray into an "adult romance," and the dark, gothic feel of it set the standards, as well as opened up a whole genre of literature my young teenaged self had never experienced. The rest, you could say, is history.Therefore, you can understand why Rebecca holds a most dear spot in my heart. I've read the "sequels," I've read the rewritings, and honestly, retellings don't even have to be [...]

    2. Rarely has a book has left me as confused and conflicted as New Girl. When I started the first chapter, I was very, very sure I was going to hate it, but I just couldn't. This book was like the little girl in the nursery rhyme when it was good, it was very, very good, but when it was bad it was horrid.Let's start with the good bits. I think New Girl might quite possibly be my favourite retelling this year. Paige Harbison got it just right - the story can stand alone as a well-plotted contemporar [...]

    3. so i'm not a prude or anything, but the amount of gratuitous teen sex in this book is RIDICULOUS. by page 100 one of the MC's had sex about seven times or something. with two different dudes! and she's been in school for about, uh, three days, methinks. i mean, seriously, dude. holy. shit. i gave up on the book because of it, but ended up going back to it to skim it till the end to see what happens. and i was left quite disappointed. not necessarily because of how the story ended, but with the b [...]

    4. New Girl tells us the story of both Becca and "New Girl" simultaneously. "New Girl" - who I only realized past the half way mark has no name yet - is living in Becca's shadow. Arriving at boarding school after Becca's disappearance makes the others feel like she's replacing their friend; their friend who came in with a bang and completely changed the school's atmosphere.Dual POV has become a favorite of mine. I love seeing both sides of the coin, getting to know the characters at a deeper level. [...]

    5. A modern retelling of Rebecca (one of my all-time favorites) about a bunch of whiny, privileged teenagers with apparently too much time on their hands? Yes, please! OK, so this book was melodramatic. I'm talkin' insanely melodramatic. Where Rebecca worked, however, New Girl falls short. While Maxim de Winter was charming, yet mysterious, Max Holloway is just a dick. Who can occasionally be sweet. An occasionally sweet dick, but a dick nonetheless. Rebecca's protagonist, while young, also has a c [...]

    6. This one did not work for me. Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca is one of my all-time favourite books, and the elements I feel that made it such a powerful book are wholly missing from Harbison’s adaptation. While Rebecca’s lingering presence was chillingly palpable in DuMaurier’s novel, her New Girl counterpart – Becca – has all the menace of a Bratz doll. (Creepy, but not in the way you’d think). Similarly, the supporting character fall flat in this retelling: Max is entirely forgettabl [...]

    7. I really struggled with how to rate and review "New Girl", mainlye I was trying to figure out what there was to like about it.Okay, that's too mean.The thing is, I didn't actually struggle with reading it. Although the GR feed says that I read it for 12 days, I actually read it in about two. The biggest asset here is Harbison's writing: it's fluid and constantly engaging, despite never being fantastic. However, it's engaging (I can't quite go as far as to say compelling), and very well-paced. Bu [...]

    8. (3.5 stars) Some SpoilersI had such a hard time trying to figure out my feeling for this one, which is strange since I usually know before I even finish a book. I can't guarantee that I'm gonna make sense and I'm sure other reviewers will say this much better, but here it goes anywho's.Did I like this? Yesd no. I guess this is what I would call a guilty pleasure since to tell you the truth I wouldn't normally enjoy books like this. I am a very easily annoyed reader when it comes to characters pe [...]

    9. Trigger warnings: ALL OF THEM EVER. In the order in which they appeared in the book: ableist slurs, all of the slut shaming ever, cheating, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, manipulative relationships/gaslighting, mental health, assault, rape, rape involving knock out drugs, (view spoiler)[death, drowning (hide spoiler)].So this is a young adult retelling of Rebecca, one of my favourite 20th century classics. Rebecca was one of TWO books I took with me on a three week school trip to France in 1998 (the [...]

    10. Two stars: A modern update of the classic Rebecca, that fails to impress.Summer is coming to a close for our protagonist "New Girl". Days of lying in a bikini, soaking up the sun's warm rays on Florida's sun drenched beaches will soon be replaced by the halls of high school. New Girl is looking forward to her senior year, filled with friends and memories. Little does she know her parents are about to surprise her, with an acceptance letter into the prestigious, boarding school, Manderley. Attend [...]

    11. New Girl was one of those books that you'd either love it or hate it.I am so torn between loving and hating it.It was sort of an old-school crime movie that would keep you guessing who killed who.If I could rename this book I would probably name it "Deception, Lies and more Lies".Reading it also reminded me a bit of Pretty Little Liars.New Girl would keep you thinking up until the last few chapters of the book.You'd wonder what really happened to the missing girl and why people were so aloof tow [...]

    12. It's hard to review retellings.No, not parodies. I made my feelings about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies known a long time ago. Retellings are harder to tackle, especially when they're different from their source material, because you don't know whether to measure them by their own right or whether you should look at the original book and see how it holds up.The story follows the "new girl" (whose name we find in the last pages) who moves from Florida to a prestigious boarding school in New Ham [...]

    13. Paige Harbison's book Here Lies Bridget was one of the best books I read in 2011 so of course I was dying to get my hands on New Girl and incredibly eager to start reading it. I can safely say that I am now a huge fan of Harbison and can't wait to see what she can give us next! New Girl completely lived up to my expectations and it was a thrilling read.New Girl follows the life of a girl whose name we aren't give at the beginning. I thought this might make me less able to connect with the charac [...]

    14. UGH. I can't believe this book. The sexual content made me want to barf and there was way too much language and the ending totally left me unsatisfied and irritated. I hated Max, "new girl" was just super flat, and I suppose I strongly disliked everyone else as well.Too bad. Tooooo bad. At least there's still the amazing original "Rebecca" story, untainted by stupid high school girls and getting drunk and having sex to break someone's heart.Don't waste your time.

    15. It was a little hard to get into, but by the time Becca’s narration came I was interested. Becca’s POV caught me by surprise – I wasn’t expecting it and I was completely prepared to not like it… but Becca was fascinating to read about – that level of sociopathy (did I just made up a new word) could only result in something tragic – much like the badly behaving teenagers in horror films always get killed – you know, the ones who dirnk and have sex. Teen horror flicks are morality [...]

    16. Wow. Just wow. What a book to start off my summer break with!New Girl is definitely not like anything I've ever read before. I know that it is a kind of modern retelling of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, but A) I haven't read Rebecca, so this is lost on me, and B) this is a YA contemporary retelling and has an entirely unique style.I was immediately drawn into the story. Paige's written style is so relaxed and fluent, yet so descriptive and emotive that the book is a really easy one to get lost in [...]

    17. I can't think of a single reason to like this book and I'm surprised I finished it. The characters were flat and vapid; I found myself loathing every single one of them. The most interesting character, Dana, was so incredibly unstable, she was annoying and whiny. The new girl, whose name we don't learn until the very end of the book, felt so inconsequential that I actually don't remember her name now. I like strong characters, or at least characters who grow through a novel, but the new girl jus [...]

    18. New Girl is a retelling of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, set in a stodgy New Hampshire boarding school. The New Girl, whose name you won't find out until the very end ala Rebecca, is given a surprise by her parents and sent to school for her Senior year. Although that part of the plot was a bit far fetched, you just have to go with it. Used to the warmth of the Florida coast, New Hampshire is the rude awakening you would expect, but when the New Girl meets her roommate things start to get creepy. [...]

    19. ***Might be mildly spoilerish but doesn't give away ending or important parts of story***Teens have a hard enough time trying to figure out who they are as they go through their years between 12 and 17 or 18. But imagine being called "New Girl" all through the school year, because that's who you are and no one tries to get to know you. They're too busy trying to tell you who you'll never be. You'll never be the effervescent Becca, the other new girl, last year's new girl who is missing. She is a [...]

    20. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."Sound familiar? It would if you've read Du Maurier's 'Rebecca'. And if you have, you'll love this one!I finished reading 'New Girl' hours ago and I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about it. It is the kind of book that leaves you feeling confused and disconcerted but fascinated and amazed at the same time. To begin with, this is the story of a girl (you don't know her name till the end) who's a new student at a prestigious boarding school - [...]

    21. This book kind of has some mixed reviews, it seems it is one of those that you either really like or you just don't care for at all. I happen to fall into the first category, I really enjoyed this book.I loved all the mystery and intrigue in it. Not knowing exactly what happened to Becca. Was she alive?Was she dead? A ghost?Was it an accident? Did she run away or was it murder?I loved that the book alternated between the present with Callie and the past with Becca. It really put into perspective [...]

    22. Hlavná hrdinka? A ktorá?Príbeh sa delí na dve dejové línie, ktoré sa striedajú. Začíname pohľadom do súčasnosti. „Tá nová“ prichádza do Manderlyovej akadémie bez veľkého nadšenia a netuší čo má očakávať. No taký posledný rok, aký má pred sebou, rozhodne nečakala. Tieto úseky sú písané v prvej osobe.Druhá dejová línia je spred roka, keď na tú istú akadémiu prvý krát prichádza Becca Normandyová. Dievča, o ktorom od začiatku vieme, že zmizlo a n [...]

    23. 2.5 stars. I was going to give this 2 but I couldn't stop reading it and the ending was beautiful and very lyrically, something I love.

    24. I finished this book in a day. 25 hours. So a day in a half. Regardless my point is that I could not put it down until I read every last word. Paige Harbison's writing style demands your attention, her characters crave to be analyzed and the mystery of Becca Normandy will keep you glued to the pages. This is definitely one of my favorite reads of this year. New Girl seems to play tribute to the novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and even though I have never read Rebecca, I did go over the summar [...]

    25. Paige Harbison's "New Girl" is a modernized retelling of DuMaurier's "Rebecca" - taking place in a high school setting where the primary protagonist is a high school senior who ends up transferring to Manderley Academy, taking the spot of a missing girl named Becca. And not only does the "new girl" appear to resemble Becca, everyone seems insistent on thinking that she's trying to take Becca's place.Reading "New Girl" in its entirety felt a bit like my experience watching the readaptation of "Th [...]

    26. Cover:I've always loved covers set in underwater. I absolutely adore the model in the cover and how the picture is taken underwater with the girl's hair and dress floating! So gorgeous!Story:What if you are the new girl in a school and you are actually a 'replacement' of someone who has gone missing?New Girl is a story of teenage private school life as a new girl tries to adapt with her new school and new surrounding. What she never knew was that she became a replacement of the girl who went mis [...]

    27. "Before I could talk myself out of it, his lips were on mine. My mind went blank. My body went numb. I faded into him, letting my bag fall to the floor. I didn't care if someone walked in. I didn't care if anyone saw." -New GirlI'm not even sure on where to start with this review. This book was incredible. Although I haven't read the original Rebecca, I am familiar with the story having watched the movie a few years ago, so I'm not sure if I can make an comparisons. What I can say is that Paige [...]

    28. My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsNew Girl was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for HarlequinTeenTE: This book is adapted and a tribute to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier in which the main character's name was never revealed. Although we do find out New Girl's name toward the end of the book, I will be leaving it out of my review for spoiler purposesNew Girl was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for HarlequinTeen.'New Girl' has been accepted into Manderley Academy, a private boarding school in New Ha [...]

    29. I feel for Becca as I do for Bridget (in Here Lies Bridget.) There’s nothing more tothem her other than the fact that she’s a horrible person. And it was never more evident that when she was with Max. All her plotting and manipulating, showed just how little she regard she had for others. Add the fact that there was little remorse fro her in what she was doing. And while she showed strength and purpose, her actions simply went beyond the line of what I could stomach. My point? That she’s a [...]

    30. It’s hard to write a good retelling of a classic. One that is both simultaneously true to its roots and original, without sounding strained. Well, New Girl by Paige Harbinson was pretty darn good. I really enjoyed this retelling of the classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Rebecca has always been one of my favorite ghost stories. It’s haunting and eloquent at the same time. Anyone that has ever read this novel knows what I’m talking about. Needless to say, when I saw that there was a retel [...]

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