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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  4,335 ratings  ·  593 reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2010 by Corgi Books (first published October 28th 2009)
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Who remembers that little 1974 video adaptation of The Happy Prince? Well, of course I don't remember the original release, but I saw it when I was little. I thought it was so awesome, just like everyone else, but then...but then...

Then I read the original short written by Oscar Wilde. Let me prelude this by saying that I love Oscar Wilde; he's one of my favorite authors and people. There. I said it.

Now, there's a sneaky little bit of Hide Your Gays going on in the OVA. The swallow is voiced by
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
Sita Sargeant
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.


So I convinced my mum to buy a few books for me. This was one of them. I
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Jo for Book Chick City.

This is a modern retelling of Macbeth, with Natalie Hargrove obsessed with being crowned the next Palmetto Princess. She has always been popular, and works hard to maintain her position as 'Queen Bee' in school. Her handsome boyfriend, Mike is not very interested in becoming Palmetto Prince, but to Natalie he must, and she'll take care of anyone who stands in his or her way.

This sounded like a really interesting premise to a book, and I was excited to read it.
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..


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


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

Jan 18, 2012 Katya rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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.
Kelly Lawrence
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Ella Cardenas
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
Jan 14, 2011 Samantha rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
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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
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
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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Cecilee Linke
Jul 03, 2011 Cecilee Linke rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
I hadn't ever heard of this book until I saw it for only $6 at a local bookstore. The cover looked interesting as well as the plot synopsis on the back of the book, and I decided to give it a try.

The story was better than I thought it would be. Yes it's still high school drama, but the main characters were intriguing and well-developed and the story sucked me in a few chapters into the story. The basic plot is this: Natalie Hargrove is the Queen Bee of the very wealthy Palmetto High School in Ch
If you've been reading much Young Adult fiction lately, you'll be familiar with love triangles. You might even be sick of them. But "The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove", a standalone contemporary novel by "Fallen" series author Lauren Kate, deals with that problem in an unusual way - the secondary love interest, green-eyed Justin, is dead. Not zombie-dead or vampire-dead. In-the-ground, exit-stage-left dead. This doesn't stop him haunting every corner of the book, completely outshining Natalie's o ...more
Rachel McCarthy
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Natalie Hargrove is hungry for power. Growing up on the wrong side of town is hard. With no father Natalie’s mother went from man to man getting what she needed to make a good life for her daughter. The current man, The Duke and his daughter Dala are an embarrassment to the future Palmetto Princess. After years of plotting Natalie won’t let anything drag her back down. At the annual Mardi Grass party everything begins to crumble. The perfect reputation she’s worked for is falling. I’ve never rea ...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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