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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

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All it takes is one fatal mistake . . .

High-school beauty Natalie Hargrove has spent years plotting to become prom queen. She's got just what it takes: popularity, glamour and ruthless ambition. When someone threatens to overturn her perfect plan, Natalie needs to take control. But a critical error plunges her into a sea of secrets, shame and scandal. Because it turns out
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2010 by Corgi Books (first published October 28th 2009)
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Gemma
Mar 11, 2011 Gemma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do not respect Lauren Kate as an author.

She is a chameleon type, mimicing whatever style seems to be selling. With Fallen, her writing was bland, as were the characters and premise, all wrapped up with a pretty cover. Just like all the other Twilight knockoffs.

This one was clearly written before she realized that rewriting Twilight was where the money is. It has that "I wanna be trendy" feel to it, like the Alphas series, or Private. The main character, Natalie, was... a firm character, unlik
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Sita
Oct 10, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it
I got this ages ago when I was at the coast with my Mum (and her friend) and my two younger sisters (and their two friends) My friend who was supposed to come had bailed on me (she was sick) so I was in for a week of spending time with 4 kids under the age of 11. It was a painful experience. We were in Big W and I was bored, as a normal person would be. We were looking for something and my mum kept finding stuff she liked.

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So I convinced my mum to buy a few books for me. This was one of them. I
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Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
I was drawn to this book because I liked the Fallen series and Lauren Kate's style of writing.

I started this book optimistically...

The style of writing and mean, popular girl protagonist was full of promise that had me intrigued.

But about a quarter of the way through I began to realize things just weren't going anywhere..

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Then after a whole lot more shit that made me struggle through this book...

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I have one conclusion that describes everything in this book from the plot to the protagonist..


ANNOYE
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Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
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 a
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Katya
Jan 18, 2012 Katya rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a new experience
"The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove" is Lauren Kate's debut novel (prior to Fallen by about... a month, if Goodreads is anything to go by). I took it out of the library because... well, honestly, I don't know why I took it out.

Sorry. I lie. I'm in my exam period and I needed something to counterbalance all the academic texts I was reading.

Given how much I liked her other books, you might imagine what expectations I had when I went into this one. Well, dear readers, my reaction at the beginning, th
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Raya
Aug 06, 2011 Raya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How did I come about to read this book? Being on Kaua'i facing 2 flights and a 3 hr. lay over prompted a last minute purchase in poorly stocked Walmart, that's how.

The beautiful cover of this book lured me, the story sounded ok and the fact that there was nothing else I wanted to read lead me to purchasing this book.

First of all, this book is trashy - not too many swear words but so much teen sex, drug and alcohol abuse. Very imoral. I WOULD NEVER let my kids read a book like this. Books like
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Kristie
Jan 06, 2010 Kristie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Christina
Jan 14, 2011 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Fallen and Torment but this book really left a bad taste. Once I got about halfway through I skimmed to the end, and it ended just as badly as I thought it would.
Sandra
Jun 19, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a seriously twisted story. Natalie Hargrove is the most popular girl at her school and is practically a shoe-in for Palmetto Princess (aka prom queen). As she and her longtime boyfriend Mike prepare to become high school royalty, something goes terribly, terribly wrong and Natalie flounders to fix it.

Natalie is a deplorable character; she's selfish to the core, but that's what drew me into the story. When something goes wrong of Natalie, she doesn't fess up and move on, she tries to fix
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Alicia
Sep 10, 2011 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is, in a word, awful. Literally the only redeeming feature for me was the beautiful cover - I want that dress so badly!

Firstly, Natalie was utterly unlikeable by anyone's standards and gets right on your nerves from the very first page, even when you learn of her background, which I assume is supposed to make you sympathetic towards her but fails utterly in that respect. Natalie is utterly selfish, manipulative, unbelievably vain and ruthlessly ambitious, but w
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Lissa
Jul 02, 2012 Lissa added it
Shelves: 2012
My review is split in to five sections: Writing, Plot, Worldbuilding, Characters, and X-Factor. Each section comprises of either half or one star, except X-Factor which can utilise two whole stars.

For anyone who is confused as to why I would read a book by an author I didn’t particularly trust and whose other books I’d hated with a loathing passion – suck on my 4 star rating! You can NEVER know if you’ll enjoy a book before reading it.

Writing .5
The writing overall was pretty decent. I can’t help
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Mari Yeung
Si è ripreso un po' sul finale, ma non basta.
Non posso amare un libro del genere. Nat è di una antipatia non quantificabile, e il finale mi ha lasciata molto soddisfatta (view spoiler). Se questo non è un segnale...
Gli altri personaggi sono tutti molto piatti, e le vicende inverosimili. Non capisco che genere di libro sia, visto che sono presenti anche veggenti hippy, profezie, fantasmi e quant'altro.
La saga Fa
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Ashlie
Jan 28, 2011 Ashlie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm one of those readers that, if I really like an author, feels the need to get my hands on anything and everything they're written. Enter Lauren Kate. I fell in love with Daniel & Luce's story when I read Torment & Fallen a few months ago. When I meet Lauren for an interview tomorrow, I can't go in there without having done my homework. :)

Natalie was annoying, yet relatable. No, I never played a trick on someone where it got them hurt or killed, and I was never as provocative or manip
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Bex
Apr 21, 2011 Bex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Natalie Hargrove wasn't always Queen bee at Palmetto high. At one point in time she was on the wrong side of the tracks in this small Southern town. When her father went away and her mom moved them over the tracks and into a new life, Natalie took control. She had everything, the perfect boyfriend, the power, and a past she tries so hard to forget. Now Natalie and her boyfriend running for Palmetto Prince and Princess and there is only one person standing in their way to the top. At a Mardi Gras ...more
Andrea Mev
Jul 02, 2013 Andrea Mev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs
I've heard so many bad things about this book. But I loved it. I read something like "When the book back to the past in the final chapter is like wanting to make you feel sad for Nat and understand her" I didn't see it like that. I love the last chapter because it doesn't make me feel sad about anything, it just make me see farther, make me see how much stuff can be behind the scene of every single story. I didn't see or expected a Nat cruel and all bad girl, I could see a lost little girl who g ...more
Kelly Lawrence
Jul 05, 2013 Kelly Lawrence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh god.. this book. I don't even know where I should begin.
My Aunt got this book after she had read Fallen, another book by Lauren Kate. She wasn't really a fan of Fallen but decided to give this book a chance as it was completely different and a one-off book, not a series.

I don't think I liked anything about this book apart from finishing the last page and closing the book forever. If you have a strong dislike for the main character then you'll have a hard time enjoying the book; I couldn't sta
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Henri Neto
Jul 17, 2015 Henri Neto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arrebatado. Por mais incrível que pareça (e acreditem em mim, estou realmente surpreso com isto), é este o sentimento que consigo canalizar e externar ao finalizar a minha leitura de "A Traição de Natalie Hargrove". Este foi o primeiro livro escrito e publicado por Lauren Kate, e quem me conhece sabe que não sou um fã de sua saga mais famosa (muito pelo contrário). Entretanto, algo me impeliu a dar uma segunda chance para a autora... Foi como um ímpeto. Mesmo que, no momento em que fiz a solicit ...more
Kavita Ramesh
Sep 18, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A definite NO! The characters are one-dimensional, grasping, and not in the least bit appealing. I am not sure if the author meant it to be this way, but if I can't feel for (even one of) the characters, the book is no longer enjoyable for me.
Lettie
Feb 16, 2011 Lettie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-reviews
I picked this book up as I was eager to sample Lauren Kate's writing but didn't want to dive into Fallen. The story centres around Natalie Hargrove and her need to be crowned Palmetto Princess- the whole story takes place in such a relatively short time for so much to happen. Natalie sees it as the defining moment of her transformation from Cawdor trailer park to Palmetto Queen Bee. Her boyfriend Mike King doesn't take it as seriously and it is paramount that they be crowned together as the alte ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka "Harlequin Twilight" for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Ella Cardenas
THIS BOOK DESERVES 0 STARS.
I usually don't write reviews of the books I've read but I'll make this one an exemption. Damn, this book is such a drag! I was actually forcing myself to turn each page and get it over with. It was just such a disappointing read. Let me write a few reasons as to why this book was just a waste of my time.

1. Flat characters!! Natalie, I get it, is a manipulating, selfish and cunning bitch but she was just that. There was no personality and she cares for the most trivia
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Samantha
Jan 14, 2011 Samantha rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: American upper class teenagers
I absolutely loved the fallen series so when I heard this was recently published I went and bought it straight away without ever reading the back cover.

Another beautiful front cover on this book, really helps you when picturing Natalie.

Very 'Americanized' for most of the book, talk of juniors, softmores and seniors and being from the uk I don't understand many of these terms.
Most of the book was basically about Natalie being a social climber really (Which for most of use is hard to relate to whe
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TheMadHatter
Jan 09, 2015 TheMadHatter rated it liked it
2014 READING BINGO CHALLENGE: "A Book at the bottom of your to read pile". (9 days late :-P).

I bought this book from a second hand book store a few years ago. It was at a time when "Fallen" had just been released. I rarely buy books (thank-you library!), but I bought Fallen purely because of the Gothic cover which I loved. When I saw this book by the same author in the second hand book store, I thought I would like this as well so I bought it, even if this cover was pretty average (yes...I know.
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Gaby
Jun 28, 2014 Gaby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't hate this book, but there were a lot of things that bothered me. The storyline felt like the script to a "Cruel Intentions" teen psychological drama knock off. The first 2/3 of the story I liked well enough, but the forced cryptic nature mixed with the predictability makes the last bit drag on. Not to mention the entire plot line is pushed by miscommunication, stupidity, and a heavy dose of the stereotypical "rich kids do whatever they want" sort of thing. It's not a character driven bo ...more
Potassium ~ Tonight she cries, evanescent to indifferent eyes, tonight she screams to the sky, waiting on rain to come, to wash away... ~
I wouldn't even give this book a star! I did not enjoy this book one bit! I had to push myself to finish reading - if it wasn't for a pov I had to give....I wouldn't have bothered!

This book to me was messy and I honestly didn't see a point to the story. It was basically a book of sexual lusts in my eyes!

Okay so even if it wasn't for the distaste of all the sexual talk...first off the characters weren't in depth..which I think stopped the build of the connection with them....and without connecti
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Valery Tikappa
Feb 11, 2016 Valery Tikappa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
POSSIBILI SPOILER


Per me è un NO enorme quanto un grattacielo.
L'idea poteva anche essere buona ma il modo in cui è stata sviluppata è così superficiale, senza senso, confusionario che ho odiato questo libro.
Nat e Mike stanno insieme e, sostanzialmente, lei è così superficiale e frivola che lo scopo massimo della sua vita è diventare reginetta del ballo della scuola.
Per farlo, però, vuole a tutti i costi avere al suo fianco il suo ragazzo, Mike, povera vittima delle sue macchinazioni.
In ogni caso,
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Amanda
Oct 16, 2014 Amanda marked it as how-about-no  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Whoaaa that is one long neck.
« Dani »
Jan 13, 2011 « Dani » rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Hargrove is an ambitious, beatiful and popular teenage girl who is determined to win her position as Palmatto Princess, alongside her handsome boyfriend Mike King. Though when it looks like another nominee may ruin her plans she devises a little plan to humiliate him. But when the prank goes devestatingly wrong, Natalie begins to find herself trapped in a world of lies, guilt & shame, and the final thing that defeats Natalie is not loss of control, though, fate..

This is the 3rd book
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Kelly Hager
This has been compared to Heathers and Cruel Intentions, but more than anything else, it reminded me of Macbeth. (Looking at the author's website, it looks like that's intentional.)

Natalie Hargrove wants nothing more than to be named to the Palmetto Court with her boyfriend, Mike. (It's basically prom king and queen but a much bigger deal.) She's got no real competition on the girls' end, but Mike could potentially lose to a guy named Justin who, incidentally, Natalie HATES. So she and Mike play
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Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
I must say the book started out a little slow, I wasn't really connecting with Natalie on a deeper level, she just seemed like a one trick pony. She only seemed to care about her reputation and winning the title of Princess with her boyfriend Mike on her side. I really liked Mike though, he wasn't as self-centered as Natalie, however he was sort of a punk. He would do anything to make Natalie happy, even cover up her mistakes, which I won't give away! Her character kind of reminded me of Sarah M ...more
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Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York.
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Fallen.
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“how hard you worked for what you wanted. how cruelly fate betrayed you in the end.” 71 likes
“Hubo un tiempo cuando imaginabas que podías ser quien te propusieras. Que podías conseguir que el chico adecuado te amara y te rescatara de tu destino. Que podías engañar a todos y olvidarte de tu pasado.

Cuánto te esforzaste por conseguir todo lo que querías.

Con qué crueldad el destino, al final, te traicionó.”
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