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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,359 ratings  ·  476 reviews
Welcome to Manderley Academy

I 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by HarlequinTeen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
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 contempo
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 ...more
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 forgettable and doesn’t
I really struggled with how to rate and review "New Girl", mainly...because 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-
(3.5 stars) Some Spoilers

I 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? Yes...and 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 characte
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).

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
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
"Would they wait for me to dance and entertain them, or would they expect me to walk right across the stage and back out of sight?"

New Girl by Paige Harbison

This is a campus novel and a modern retelling of the Gothic tale "Rebecca". I was mixed on this one. There were certain things I liked about it. There was absolutely that atmosphere of Gothic Doom permeating through the book. And it is compulsively readable. Plus I loved "Rebecca" and I like both Gothic and campus novels. So this was a pret
Sierra Abrams
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.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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 warnings. I neve ...more
Dani C
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
***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
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
"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 -
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good thriller! This one was so captivating. I love a good scary boarding school story. The missing girl, Becca, who initially seemed so shallow, became convincingly troubling. And a clever side note? It took me until nearly the end of the book to realise that you never learn the main character’s name - it’s a perfect and subtle way to underline the fact that in this story, even though it’s about our main character, Becca’s name is the one on everyone’s lip ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
So, I haven't read a Teen Harlequin book, since I was a teenager (too many years to mention here!), so I picked up this book based on the fact that it is a retelling of Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and retellings intrigue me -- although, I have to admit that I never read DuMaurier's classic Gothic story. I would have loved this book as a teen, but as an adult, I found the writing a bit uneven (especially with the odd shifts in point of view at the end). However, I also found myself engaged with t ...more
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. ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, drama, mystery, own, arc, ebook, netgalley
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
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rose by: NetGalley, Harlequin
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
"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 Girl

I'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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

New Girl was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for HarlequinTeen.

NOTE: 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 purposes

New Girl was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for HarlequinTeen.

'New Girl' has been accepted into Manderley Academy, a private boarding school in New
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, 2012
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 retelling o
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
I feel for Becca as I do for Bridget (in Here Lies Bridget.) There’s nothing more to them 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 bad ...more
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Original review from Little Book Owl

New Girl is a dark, chilling read that drags you in to the story and keeps you guessing the entire way through. What happened to Becca?

I thought it was really interesting how the point of view changed every few chapters between the 'New Girl', where she told her story of moving to Manderley in first person, and then Rebecca, whose story was told in third person, but from the year prior. It created a greater contrast between the two characters and their per
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
New Girl is a brilliantly creepy modern day adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, the story alternates between "New Girl" (I loved how we don't get to find out her name until right at the end) and Becca the popular girl who has gone missing and who's place at Manderley Academy new girl has taken, and the two boys caught in the middle.

Confession time- I haven't read the original Rebecca so I have no idea how New Girl measures up but all I can say is I was completely creeped out by it! The s
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