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3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
When 16-year-old Abigail's mother dies in Scotland--leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and aone-way ticket to America--she feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother gave her away when she was a baby, leaving her to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in Cali ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Soho Teen
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Jun 04, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
Have you ever read a book and by the end realized with utmost conviction that you just had media déjà vu?

For me, reading DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald brought on these completely realized feelings that I had lived this book elsewhere, and it only took a few seconds for me to realize why. DEVIANT is the literary replica of the 1990s teen thriller Disturbing Behavior.

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If you have not seen this movie, please, don’t google it and find out what Disturbing Behavior is abou
Deviant I received this audio book for review from AudioGo through Audiobook Jukebox This audio was narrated by Kirsten Potter. Her performance was believable and enjoyable although the Scottish accent was sometimes a bit much. Since the main character was from Scotland, the accent was fitting though, I just didn't care for it. Otherwise, this was an adequate narration. Deviant was an interesting story with some unusual twists. Initially, I was able to really identify with the main character, Ab ...more
Keilani Ludlow
May 15, 2013 Keilani Ludlow rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Wow and dang. This was a Goodreads giveaway, and I received and advanced edition. The problem with this is that it will be FOREVER before I get to read the follow-up!

I like the story. It took me a while to figure out where it was going, especially in this hugely popular market of the supernatural power genre. I kept waiting for superpowers to show up and that's not it.

The main character, Abigail, is great. She's been through some hard times and it's left her a little rough around the edges. Howe
Book Review & Giveaway: There was something about the book cover for Deviant that drew me in. I kept seeing it and it kept haunting me, so when I got the opportunity to get a copy I jumped on it. Helen FitzGerald is an international bestselling author of both adult thrillers and YA fiction, with her novel Dead Lovely currently in film production. As a prior UK parole officer and social worker, who better to write a YA novel titled Deviant? I don’t know what I was expecting with a title like ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. I started it on Monday and finished it earlier today. I loved this book! I thought that the plot was great and as I read it I really felt a connection to the characters. There was a few unexpected twists that kept me reading late into the night. I can hardly wait for the next book!
Jun 22, 2013 Jenn rated it it was ok
This kinda felt like the author decided halfway through to start writing a different book than the one she started. And then didn't have enough time to finish it properly.
Sep 17, 2016 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and it makes me want to overthrow the government
Mikka Gottstein
Anmerkung: Der Klappentext ist nicht ganz korrekt, was Abigails Leben betrifft. Abigails Mutter gab ihre Tochter schon im zarten Alter von 3 Wochen in die Obhut einer Freundin, bevor sie verschwand. Und so wuchs Abigail glücklich in einer Art Hippie-Kommune auf, in einem Wohnwagen mit der gutmütigen, liebevollen Nieve - bis Nieve schließlich an Krebs starb, als Abi 9 Jahre alt war. Danach wuchs das Mädchen in Heimen und Institutionen auf (nicht bei Pflegeeltern).

Das lieblose Leben mit abgestumpf
Epic Girl
Aug 28, 2013 Epic Girl rated it really liked it
Shelves: deviant
So, Deviant was a hard-hitting novel, and it was actually pretty good. :)

Alright, so let's see.. I don't review much, so you won't get much from my profile, but I really like mystery. Do you? Okay, then, that's either a "yes" or a "no". If "yes", you'll probably like this book! Yay! If not, you still probably will! Now, let's move on to the actual review which is what you came here for. Bear in mind.. I am far from professional, though, let that be said! :]

***SPOILER ALERT..Throughout.. Maybe j
Feb 05, 2014 Kasandra rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a free copy from a goodreads giveaway. I this book is not really good but it's not really bad. And it's better than just okay.. It was a simple read and was a very quick read. There really wasn't any big complicated story even though there's this pseudo-build up. Just taking it from the surface it's not that bad I didn't feel like I wasted my time. But if you read my review and you are picky about these things then you may want to skip this book.

The story as you can gather from the descri
Jan 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
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Jul 04, 2013 Jessie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I'll like to say that I'm not a big YA contemporary reader, however, I liked to think I'm a good judge on picking books of this genre to read, and I'm glad that I was right about this one for the most part. With my very forgetful nature, I knew I wanted to read this book, however, I couldn't quite remember what it was about. All I could remember was that it was about a girl whose mother (who had abandoned her) had died and she travels to America. And, that it involved some underground movement a ...more
May 18, 2013 Bri rated it really liked it

Deviant by Helen Fitzgerald is a book that takes you on a journey with Abigail Thom. This book is a great read, Ms. Fitzgerald is able to take you into the moment and keep you reading until the end.

Abigail has been living in the state (Glasgow) care since she was nine when Nieve (her mom’s best friend) died, today she was brought to the office and told her birth mother had died the previous evening at a local hospital and the nurse had a letter for her. Abigail was curious--her mother was so clo
Jul 29, 2013 Be rated it liked it
Abigail is a cynical, stubborn Scottish girl who's slowly starting to figure out her identity. Since the age of 9, Abigail has been living in a place for "Unloved Nobodies" until the day when she finds out that her mother has died and that she has a family in the U.S. Upon arriving in the States, Abigail begins to figure out that her new family has a fair share of secrets.

The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me, but the plot became a lot more interesting. Abigail's relationship with Beck
Jun 09, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Source: Received an ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I found out about this tour, I was excited to participate because Deviant sounded like a very unique story. I love the publisher's synopsis above because I think it does a great job at capturing the many interesting bits of this story: Abigail's upbringing in Scotland, her movement through foster homes, her newfound relatives, her sister's death, the plot aimed at controlling teen behavior. It sounded like a very far-re
Feb 03, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of suspenseful mystery books.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: My sister.
Shelves: library-books
My sister read this book and she basically forced me to read it too. I read the back and thought it looked interesting enough that I should give it a try. I have kinda mixed feelings about it. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either. I thought the plot was interesting, but it was kinda long and it got boring quickly. Also I know it's a suspenseful book, but there was not a lot of love. I knew it was sad because Becky died and Abi likes Stick, but there wasn't a lot of romanic feelings bet ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
When we first meet Abigail, she is the sullen, moody, irritable teenager that she appears to be. We all either have known a teen like that or we were a teen like that, right?
While this story started out a bit slower than I would usually like, and this book was perhaps a bit outside of my comfort zone, I really did enjoy reading it. The second half of the story was a total roller coaster ride and you never knew what you were going to find around each corner.

Abigail was so used to abandonment tha
Beth Hewitt
Apr 05, 2013 Beth Hewitt rated it really liked it
Well, this really isn't the type of book I would pick up and read. To be honest, I thought it was a vampire story when I first read the description. Guess I should have given it more than a glance. It is a teen book about interpersonal relationship, friendship, and betrayal. With that said, this is the type of book you have to get through the first half to get to the good stuff. The author spends a great deal of time building up the characters and on more than one occasion lost me in the story. ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Samanthalangeleh rated it it was amazing
At first, I thought that Deviant, By Helen Fitzgerald, would be just another teen romance novel, but that is far from the case.
Abigail Thom, the main character, is a 16 year old girl from scotland that has been in and out of foster homes since she was 6. When her birth mother, that she never knew, dies due to cancer, she is sent airplane tickets to go to L.A., California. Her father, Graham, lives there and he wants her to come to L.A. to live with him, her 18 year old sister Becky, and his ne
Oct 08, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
This Young Adult novel certainly holds a lot of surprises! Abigail Thom is a young girl in the care system in Scotland. She receives sudden notice that her birth mother has died - and left something to the girl she abandoned in a commune at only a few weeks old. Abigail is even more shocked to learn that she has an older sister and a father living in LA 0 and that she is to go meet them.

What opens as an engaging YA family drama, soon shifts into something more. It becomes a fast-paced thriller a
Mar 20, 2014 Casey rated it it was ok
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Read Program.

I was unsure what to think of this book. I started out thinking it was simply a young girl getting to know her new family and her new surroundings but it quickly changed into something attempting to be more sinister. The pace of the book almost seemed rushed as though the author had an idea they quickly wanted to push through. The concept of the book is good, it just needs to be more developed in my opinion. The characters are most
May 15, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Deviant was a refreshing read. I've been reading a lot of young adult books lately, and this was one of the most well written ya books I've read. To begin with, it's written in Third Person Limited, which establishes the main character as separate from the author.

The story does take a bit to get going, but it's well worth the wait. The last third of the book flies by. The story is well thought out with intriguing rising action and a fast paced heart racing climax. The book ends in a bit of cliff
May 10, 2013 Peg rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaways. I was intrigued by the title and the fact that the main character was Scottish. I was not aware that this was part one of a multiple book series as I don't usually read those, but having said that, I am glad that I did read this book because it was one of the best books I have read lately. The characters were very well drawn, the writing was smooth and easy, the plot was not predictable and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Beth Gordon
Aug 11, 2013 Beth Gordon rated it liked it
Scottish teen Abigail has been in an orphanage type place since she was 9 years old. Her biological mother dies at the beginning of the book, and Abigail inherits a letter and money from her mother. Then she is on an adventure to the USA to meet her biological father and sister. There she starts to unravel secrets about a worldwide plot.

Some intrigue, a little far-fetched (perhaps that's why I'm not enamored with science fiction ordinarily) although I tried not to let my bias affect my rating.
Mar 23, 2013 Jessy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book is about a girl named Abigail, who grows up without her parents. She spends her life in different care homes for children. At the age of sixteen, her mother dies and leaves a note behind, letting her know that she has a sister and a father in the United States. After meeting her new family things change for the worse. There is a plot to control teenagers that misbehave and Abigail finds herself in the middle.

This book was enjoyable, but somewhat predictable. I liked the main character
Jul 27, 2014 Eli rated it liked it
This book almost has a split down the middle. The first half is about a street kid from Scotland finding her long lost family. The second half is about a mystery that involves the government, secrets and death. It almost feels like two different books, but that doesn’t detract from the story as much as you might think. Abigail is a smart kid who focuses on survival, but doesn’t completely alienate herself from the world around her. The struggles that she goes through are real and difficult, and ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
I'm really disappointed because I think this could have been a good book if the author had stuck to the mystery premise. I was excited to see how Becky and Abigail's relationship would develop, and to solve the mystery of why Abigail hadn't been able to spend her childhood with her mother if she'd been right there in Glasgow the whole time. But then Fitzgerald threw in a completely yawn-worthy "evil adults trying to control the minds of kids" twist, and my interest was lost. If you're interested ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.This book wasn't a type that I usually enjoy, nor am interested in, but I actually really liked it. It started out really slow, the whole plot dragged on a little too much for me. Once it got into the original concept I really enjoyed it! The beginning went to slow for me, and the ending went to fast. Everything happened a little fast for my liking at the end and I was not a huge fan of how it ended, but overall it was a really interesti ...more
Aug 23, 2013 Aleap rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I typically don't read outside the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, so when I do, I like the story to be gripping; this delivered. Although there is a slight realistic sci-fi element to this the further it goes along, it is first and foremost a thriller and Abigail, the main character, is one tough cookie.

At times, the mystery wasn't as hard to figure out as the characters found it to be but then again, the reader has the luxury of seeing things from a distance. There were also a few moments I had
Feb 22, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was entertaining and interesting, but it wasn't gripping. A large portion of this book is spent "setting the scene" - there was a lot a background, a short build up, a brief climax, and a quick resolution, with a slight cliffhanger. There were lots of twists but they weren't particularly clever, in fact a few were predictable. There were a few unanswered questions that I'm sure will be addressed in the next installment. Overall, it's a decent book.

I was provided an "Advan
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Helen FitzGerald is the second youngest of thirteen children. She grew up in the small town of Kilmore, Victoria, Australia, and studied English and History at the University of Melbourne. Via India and London, Helen came to Glasgow University where she completed a Diploma and Masters in Social Work. She works part time as a criminal justice social worker in Glasgow. She's married to screenwriter ...more
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