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The Girl with the Wrong Name

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Ever since “The Night In Question” left her with a hideous scar and no memory of what happened, Theo Lane has been hiding. An aspiring filmmaker, she uses a hidden button cam to keep the world at bay. She spends the entire summer in a Manhattan café, secretly documenting random “subjects.”

Once school starts, Theo finds her best friend has morphed into a flirtatious, short-
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Soho Teen
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Readers looking for a thrill ride of a book should absolutely put The Girl with the Wrong Name on their radars. It is an intense psychological thriller that has an aspiring filmmaker as its protagonist. Also, the plot is so unpredictable, it leaves the reader in a constant state of wonder.

Barnabas Miller has created an amazing whirlwind of book that is full of suspense! Lately, I have been really into this genre, which is probably why I enjoyed this book so much. I
Paula M
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very weak opening and disappointing ending. No, it did not helped my book slump at all. Full review to follow!
See this review and more on my blog, Lilybloombooks

Take an unreliable narrator. Mix it with an unpredictable plot, mystery, suspense and what do you get? The Girl with the Wrong Name.

Psychological thrillers have been one of my favorite genres for some time now and this one was one of THE BEST that I have read. I am usually pretty good (around 85%) at figuring out what is going on/whodunnit/what is real type of THINGS and I could not figure this book out to save my life. And I can't even talk abo
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a high, pulse-pounding story this was. I knew there would be twists and turns, but I assumed all the wrong things and this story completely wow'd me.

I didn't anticipate the end or even that final twist but I loved it - every minute. So glad I grabbed this pretty cover and gave the story a try. I loved it
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: B-

Seventeen-year-old budding documentarian Theo Lane secretly films strangers and obsesses over NYT wedding announcements. She can't remember how she got the scar on her face 2 1/2 months a free The Night In Question. She meets Lost Boy Andy Reese, who's searching for Sarah, a chance encounter with whom he's fallen in love.

Confused yet? THE GIRL WITH THE WRONG NAME had me wondering what the heck was happening and the reliability of narrator Theo. We aren't privy to why she's in therapy, b
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok

So I can't really decide what I think of this book. It was all too muddy and confusing. Although the book did certainly keep me guessing in its second half (as you could see from my various status updates along the way), and it was full of things I didn't expect, I wouldn't say it was particularly a SHOCK VALUE type of book. It absolutely was unexpected and had elements I've not seen before, but it still had a lot of those fall-back tropes ((view spoiler)
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a page turner! The story gets weirder and weirder with each chapter. Who is Sarah? Who is Andy? What is with that scar on Theo's face?

This is the story of Theo, who's avoiding high school because she was in some sort of accident that disfigured her face. She meets Andy from Texas in a coffee shop and he's searching for a girl named Sarah he met a few days ago who disappeared.

The problem is who IS Andy exactly? Things start to get totally bizarre as they start looking for Sarah.

The onl
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love psychological thrillers and this book didn't disappoint me. Theo is the main character, a female, who meets Andy while she is secretly filming him. He happens to be waiting for Sarah, who is his would be soul mate, if he can find her. So Theo takes up arms with him and they go on a search to find Sarah.

Sarah is this mysterious girl that Andy just can't get his mind off and she becomes practically a part of Theo's every thought, too. The two of them go on some pretty scary adventures to fi
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (Edelweiss ) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Juvenile Fiction /Thriller /Suspense
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

17-year old Theodore (Thee/Theo) Lane doesn't remember the so called "Night in Question." She believes something awful happened to her but doesn't remember what. Every time she looks in the mirror, she claims she has a 4 inch scar on her face. One could sa
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ya, favorites
The Girl with the wrong name is dark & twist filled. Some of the twist you think you've figured out only to be hit with a different twist. I thought I would like this book but instead I love it. The year is still young but this book is my favorite book I've read so far. ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Confusing. Much language.
I would not recommend this book, and I probably won't be reading anything else by this author. :P

When this started off exactly like some Julia Roberts wedding movie, I NEVER would have guessed how psychologically twisty the story would get.

Like, literally, imagine a twist tie that has been twisted not one or two or even three times like a normal story or a loaf of bread. No, this twist tie has been twisted and turned and flipped and knotted right down to the very end of its little wire tips and then you realize, wait, that isn't a twist tie at all-- it's a freaking necktie in an
Haley Isabella  BellaTheBibliophile
This book really amazed me. I received this book as a Christmas gift last year and the blurb seemed pretty interesting but I didn't feel the urge to pick this book up (I have a huge collection of books I still need to get around to) but I'm glad I finally did. This book was full of plot twists and I do mean full. Every time I got used to one plot twist, another one quickly took over. For a little while I was pretty confused on where this story was heading but everything started to make sense/fa ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I really enjoyed this book!

I love Theo and her personality and her obsession with the wedding announcements in the newspaper. I love Max and Lou and I just really enjoyed this book.

It was fun trying to figure out who Sarah was and the relationship of everyone in the story. I did not see the ending coming and it was a surprise to me that the story went in that direction. But I think it was great anyway. I actually really like how everything came together in the end. All the pieces were put into
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this book was amazing! It totally hooked you and kept you excited about the next page. I couldn't put this one down!! This is a must-read!
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-library
Not what I expected at all
Michele Lanfant
This book was an interesting book with some unique aspects. On page 258, Max and Theo(a girl) exchange a conversation. "What's so funny?"... "Just Lou and her whole 'married' thing. She's freakin' hilarious." "I know." I roll my eyes. "Like that will ever happen." Max and Theo secretly like each other but they aren't going up to say that they like each other. Lou thinks that they are perfect for each other. When Theo says "Like that will ever happen," she is doubting the future. It isn't great t ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story. Lots of fun, humor, weirdness, at least at first, then, oh oh, not so much fun, then, holy shit, scary. Wondering what's going on, what's going to happen, never quite sure till the very end. Twists and truths and more twists and more truths.

Finished it in two days. Couldn't put it down.

Great main character. Lots of heart, lots of pain, lots of confusion, trying to figure things out.

And nice writing style, good, easy flow. Thank you so much for that.

And, yes, interesting from the ver
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: incomplete
This one started off not to my liking when Theo declared that she looks like a serial killer because of a 4" long scar on her cheek. I found that very insulting to people with scars, and it was stupid. Most serial killers don't look any certain way.

The format of the book was unique, but I couldn't connect with it. I got tired of Theo talking to herself.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book floored me. I cannot believe everything that happened! Honestly one of the best books I have read in a really long time! I would recommend this to anyone!
Hilary Martin
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
It got better about halfway through but I skimmed through most of it.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. Intense read. Not a predictable story at all. I was unsure as to where the story was heading until the last 20 pages.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow!
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The synopsis doesn't even begin to serve justice to this book. It has great twists AND explains everything. There's some sexual harassment in it, so trigger warning for that.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Girl with the Wrong Name is about a young, 17-year-old girl named Theodore Lane, working to become a filmmaker, who runs into a "Lost Boy" at a New York cafe. When she begins to see this boy in the cafe regularly, she becomes curious about his story. She finds out he is on a mission to find a girl he had met and is convinced he loves. She makes it her mission to help him find this girl, who he says is named "Sarah", and in doing so, discovers events of her past she did not know about, and sh ...more
Medeia Sharif
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Theo has a scar on her face that she covers with her hair, concealer, and hoodies. She woke up with an alarming slash on her face during “the night in question.” The description of this scar in the beginning of the novel was intriguing, because I definitely wanted to know how she was injured.

As an aspiring filmmaker, Theo walks around New York City with a hidden camera. She becomes fascinated with a boy named Andy, whom she’s been watching for a while. After she bumps into him and finally strik
Josebel Molina
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much I don't even know why, well I do know why it's just that this book is so Ugh!!

This book has a lot of twists and turns that have you second guessing everithing.

The story starts simple; just a girl obsessed with a boy and making him her subject for her film. The only thing is that the boy doesn't know that. He thinks she is going to help him find the girl his been waiting on the last 4 days. Well she does help him, but when she does she never expect what she going to fin
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Theo Lane loves documentaries. Her new obsession is the boy that visits her favorite cafe every day on the same time. The boy in question is Andy Reese and he’s waiting for Sarah, a girl he met a few days ago. Theo breaks her own rule and interferes with Andy’s story. Together they start looking for Sarah. The more they learn, the deeper they get into trouble.

I didn’t think I would like this book, but I read it in one day. The story was original, unpredictable and well written. Even when you thi
Lucy Saint-smith
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This an engaging YA thriller that I liked, but felt lacked believability in places. Theo Lane is a self-conscious teen who enjoys making documentaries. She has been spending her summer secretly filming couples at their weddings in Battery Park, New York, when she sees a good-looking boy at the same time and place every day. Inevitably they end up talking, and Theo joins this boy Andy on his search for a missing girl. What has happened to this girl, and is Andy everything he seems?
Theo is an goo
Rachel Reeves
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I had to take a few days to think about this one before posting a review. I spent quite a bit of the book being very confused. The book just jumps right into the action of the story without much build-up, and the story is a wild ride. This book is a psychological thriller with a very unreliable narrator and very unpredictable storyline, which is rare for YA. I didn't know what to believe through
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Barnabas Miller has written many books for children and young adults. He also composes and produces music for film and network television. He lives in New York City with his wife, Heidi; their cat, Ted; and their dog, Zooey.

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