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Minute Review: Beware That Girl (Teresa Toten)

Beware That Girl
The Haves. The Have-Not

Kate O’Brian 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. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder 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, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. 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. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?



In one word, Beware That Girl can be summed up as crazy. As you read, you can't decide if you like Kate or not. She's sneaky, two-faced, a bit selfish. But then she seems to change, right? Enter Olivia. Olivia is needy, damaged, and overly eager to have a friend. She spoils Kate, which again makes you not like Kate. Then you start to feel sorry for Olivia. Enter Mark. You know something is up with him pretty early on. Now you are pulling for both girls, hoping they don't get stuck in his web. But one of them does, and it has serious consequences for both girls. 

Now you're like OMGoodness, and you want them both to have a happy ending. Probably one more than the other because she finally seems to have made an emotional breakthrough. and then.... and then... the ending leaves you with bug eyes. Now you're left thinking wtfizzle just happened, and oh this poor child. She's screwed. For life. 

There you go. That's how nuts Beware That Girl is. The plot is pretty mellow and even paced. Nothing really psychological thriller about it until you reach the end. Then it jumps up into Single White Female/ Fatal Attraction territory. I'd say the twist in the end is what makes this one worth reading. You see the hints along the way, but just like with We Were Liars, you don't really understand how everything fits together until you're slapped in the face with it.   

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