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Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Merit Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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Sarah
2.5 stars

This was an okay story, but it dragged so bad! I’m not sure if this was just me, because the story didn’t interest me or what, but it felt a heck of a lot longer than 256 pages!

I did feel quite sorry for Ariel, because she’d already been through a lot, so having assassins out to kill her really was the icing on the cake, but I also felt sorry for her friend Sera because she’d had to make a hard decision out of love for her friend, and it had left her very unpopular.

The storyline in this
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Rose
Initial reaction: Whoa, this turned out to be quite the engaging read, and I'm surprised how quick it transpired in both the narrative flow and for events. This is probably one of the better stories of its kind in YA that I've picked up in a while, though it does have some stumbles in the mix. I hope I can expand upon the work more in my full review, but overall, I really appreciated the read.

Full review:

"The Girl in the Wall" pleasantly surprised me in its collective narrative. I did not expect
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A Book Vacation
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It has just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, romance, and action… it’s right up my alley and I’d love to see it turned into a movie! Sera’s predicament is painful—her ex-best friend, Ariel, has skewered Sera’s reputation and yet Sera must still attend Ariel’s birthday party, a fate worse than death, or so it seems. I can’t imagine being in Sera’s shoes, especially when the reader learns the trivial reason that Ariel defriended Sera in the first place. Teens can be so ...more
Dajana J.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never expected this book to be this good. The Girl in the Wall is an action-packed novel that will make your heartbeats go crazy while craving to read more and more. I started this book on a meh day, to be honest and all I needed was an easy book to read and take my head of things. But this novel wasn't just that. I was so captivated by this story that I spent hours completely lost in it trying to bring myself to stop (because I had to study for an exam) but well, I couldn't. There were so ...more
Emma
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it is refreshing to read a book that turns out to be completely different to what you were expecting. I was expecting this to be a fluffy easy-read book, but I found it to be an engaging thriller that made my eyes well up at points.

So to set the scene we have Sera, who is a fairly recent social outcast, and Ariel who is the one that exiled Sera from having any social standing at school or within the powerful group of friends. Sera has been made to go to Ariel's fabulous birthday party
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♥ Sarah
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have mixed feelings about this book...

On one hand, I really liked the dual narratives. Both Sera and Ariel had distinctive voices, and I really liked their back-story. Their friendship was also a prominent factor embedded in the overall plot, which I found refreshing. I love stories about solid, life-long, sisterly, forever kind of friendships.

Further, the story was in a nutshell: suspenseful, engaging, and dramatic. I also liked the small bit of romance thrown in. It felt refreshing, to read
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Paula Ratcliffe
I loved this book we first meet Sera who's having a hard time when here ex-bestfriend Ariel is having a birthday party and her father is forcing her to go. The relationship between Ariel and Sera was damaged about a year ago when something traumatic happened to Ariel in Mexico and Sera being a best friend did what she thought was right out of love for Ariel. Unfortunatly Ariel doesn't see it that way and has turned Sera into an outcast at their school.

As the birthday party and concert are
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Abbie
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I felt sorry for the characters in this, as what they were going through was really scary, but I didn't love them.

This was an okay read, but I did feel bored at times, as some parts of the story was dragged out a bit too much.
Viviane Crystal
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sera made a difficult choice to save a life by telling the truth. Now she’s paying for it day after day after day. Her peers at school are treating her like “pariah of the year.” Now her family is insisting she attend the birthday party of her ex-friend, Ariel. It’s all very uncomfortable until rock star Hudson Winters (real name Hunter Winters) begins to croon a song Sera loves. The mesmerizing effect of his singing is cut short by the burst of gunfire and then the hell begins!
Two people are
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Wisteriouswoman
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I bothered to finish this book.
It could have been a great story considering the premise. I was totally confused by which girl was which every time I switched chapters. Ariel is basically a rich bitch and doesn't deserve much empathy.

The two romances don't make a bit of sense. Everyone must be just totally smelly and gross after being taken hostage and when people are stressed and have their life threaten they often pee in their pants.

And people die. It is horrible but I
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Michelle
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for this book. Although the title and premise seemed really promising, I was disappointed in how the book played out.

The book consisted mainly of each person's thoughts and not alot of dialog.

The writing was good, it's just I was completely bored with the book.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Sarah Brockman
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Kellie Maddox-Ward
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya-na
Did you ever see the awesomely epic early 90’s movie “Toy Soldiers?” With Sean Astin and Louis Gossett Jr.?
You know where a group of black ops/mercenaries come into a boarding school and hold them all hostages? But the boys fight back and use all their trouble making ways to escape?
Well as soon as I saw the synopsis for this book that’s immediately what I thought of!

I was fist pumping thinking it was going to be amazeballs… YA, black ops, some of my favourite things to read about in one book?!
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Jenny - Book Sojourner
I didn't know what to expect from this book. I was just looking forward to something a bit different from what I'd been reading. What The Girl in the Wall turned out to be was a book that far exceeded my expectations. This book gripped me from the beginning and I finished it in a day.

The Girl in the Wall alternates between Sera's and Ariel's POV. I really liked this approach because we know from the beginning that Sera and Ariel used to be best friends until a little over 9 months ago when
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Dayla
Article first published as Book Review: The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab on Blogcritics.

Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received an advanced copy for review

Unforgiving and raw, The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab offers readers an uncensored view into what a hostage situation might look like from a young adult’s point of view. This suspenseful young adult novel uses the importance of friendship as the anchor to the story, and successfully captures a
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Paula  from Reading Lark
Reviewed on readinglark.blogspot.com

Yep, that's right- this book earned 5 birdies. And here's why. I've been in a bit of a reading slump. I have two books that I'd been waiting for for a while sitting here, started, but not holding my attention. I have a stack of books that I know will be wonderful once I can focus on them, but I've had trouble doing just that. Until I picked this book up Sunday, determined to read it for this review today.

Once I got started, I spent hours telling myself, "Just
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Caro [The Book Rogue]
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caro by: Renae McKenzie
I'm not sure where to start on this one. It had so many aspects to it, it was an awesome rush. It was intoxicating, I swear my heart stopped at one point or another. I read it through in one day, absolutely unable to put it down. And that says something when it's coming from me!

I think I'm going to start with the story, which was incredibly tense and twisted. The time frame was only a few hours, contained in only 250 pages, but it felt like a lifetime.
The hostage situation was a first for me. I
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Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
3.5Stars

Sera and Ariel were once best friends till Ariel betrayed Sera and turned the whole school against her. Sera’s father however treats this as a ‘small tiff between friends’ and forces her to go to Ariel’s birthday bash – ‘the’ party in town. With Hudson Winters band performing and whole school invited, Sera has something to look forward to and something to dread about. But as she has absolutely no say in it, she arrives at the party hoping to just get it over with. Soon things spin out of
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Megan (The Book Babe)
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It pains me to say this after reading this non-stop action book, but I don't get the ending. It was a bit too abrupt, and I just wish that more things would've panned out. I thought that Ariel gave up a little too much for me to identify all that well with her--I loved the book until the end. Some people died, and it was all so...undramatic.

I just wish that the person who died hadn't--I mean, I know that it's for a higher purpose
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Cheryl
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Ariel’s birthday party or I should say birthday bash. The bash is going to be huge with guest singer, Hudson Winter.

Ariel used to be Sera’s best friend until she turned the whole school against Sera. Sera’s father convinces Sera to attend Ariel’s bash. All of the partygoers get a big surprise when a group of mercenaries take over the house and hold Sera and her classmates’ hostiles. Ariel goes into hiding in the hidden stairwell. The mercenaries demand Ariel or they will shoot everyone
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Pam
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
GoodReads Synopsis: Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can ...more
Wendy Hines
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sera is dreading the evening – attending the birthday party of her former best friend, Ariel. Her father is demanding she go, as he and Ariel’s father are business partners. Ariel hasn't spoken to Sera in months, and in doing so, most of her friends and classmates give Sera the cold shoulder. She doesn't feel she did anything wrong, but Ariel believes she did and now hates her.

The girls and their friends all come from wealthy families, so famous rock star singer Hudson Winters has been hired to
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Lelia Taylor
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
One of the dreaded tropes of young adult fiction is femjep, female in jeopardy. This goes way back, to the days of “The Perils of Pauline” nearly a hundred years ago and earlier. At times, it seems as though many writers of young adult fiction can’t come up with a story without it, and that has led to a craving for those tales that feature girls with a brain, girls that can actually take care of themselves most of the time. It’s an even greater pleasure when an author is able to craft a story ...more
P.M.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sera is dreading the weekend birthday party of her former BFF Ariel. Since she reported Ariel's cutting episodes, Ariel has been on a mission to pay Sera back by making her a pariah. Sera's parents insist that she attend the party which starts out badly and quickly goes from badly to worse. Armed agents take over the party and kill Ariel's father and new BFF Bianca. During the melee, Ariel escapes into the tunnels inside the mansion. Sera quickly guesses where Ariel is and wonders if she will ...more
Pretty in Fiction
The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab is a heart pounding thriller that will leave you breathless. It's about two ex-friends who are trapped together in a house taken over by terrorists, during one of the girl's birthday party. They must depend on their knowledge of the house and each other to get themselves out alive.

I really enjoyed reading from the dual points of view of both Ariel and Sera. They both had enough personality that I was able to easily switch between chapters without
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Karen
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ariel and Sera had a BFF break-up to find themselves crusaders in a hostage situation less than a year later. The girls share a secret; tunnels running throughout the Barett home. That’s how Ariel escaped, and Sera is the only one who knows where she is. Together, they need to find a way to put the last nine months (of hatred and pain) behind them and put together a plan. Sera needs to break through the barrier of the clique that only sees her as a traitor and Ariel has to quickly piece together ...more
Nic
I dunno. This book had an interesting - if violent - premise: a bunch of teens at a rich girl's birthday party are taken hostage by gunmen, and the birthday girl escapes into secret tunnels in the walls of her mansion and sneaks around trying to help her friends as the gunmen get more desperate and the body count climbs. Sadly, I just didn't emotionally buy into either of our point-of-view characters - or anyone in the story, really.

I want to say they seemed too distant and matter-of-fact, but
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♡B♡
I wasn't sure what was going to happen but wanted something that sounded different.
This one was a suspense read. It was interesting.

There is a hostage situation and they are holding a bunch of kids...you don't find out till later in the book as to what exactly the reason is as to what is going on.

What killed me was...how can someone have a phone that isn't even out on the market yet but you can't call 911 on it without knowing the passcode? ALL phones give that option. And they said they cut
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Dlora
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out like a typical Young Adult novel with Sera being shunned and bullied in school when her popular best friend turns the whole school against her, and since this is an elite prep school for rich kids, the student body is small enough that that really can be the case. Sera's dad insists that she attends Ariel's weekend birthday party, not getting it that their disagreement isn't just a little tiff that will blow over. However, the birthday party turns into a hostage situation ...more
Jesp
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I'm so glad I read this book. I'm a huge, HUGE Daphne Grab fan. I *loved* "Alive and Well in Prague, New York" (get it if you haven't read it already). So, I was really pleased to pick up this book. It's such a smartly written book. It's also it's a really taut and gripping thriller with rich and complex characters (two of whom co-narrate the book, which is a really clever way to tell the story). I was only actually slowing down as I read the book, savoring each page. I was only sad when I
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Daphne Benedis-Grab is the author of four middle grade books and two books for teens. She lives and writes in New York City.