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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  3,153 ratings  ·  618 reviews
This powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the mega-wealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Doubleday Canada
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Emily May
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Olivia Michelle Sumner: if that doesn’t spell money, I don’t know what does. She was head-to-toe Barneys and Bloomies, preppy with a price. The rest of the girls gave her a wide berth even as they squealed, “Welcome back, Olivia!"

Beware That Girl suffers from a serious case of false marketing.

This book caught my eye at the Los Angeles Festival of Books. The press releases and fliers stood, calling to me, from under the Random House booth. The title said "dark thriller" and "dangerous girls".
When I saw this was being marketed as “Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars” I knew I needed to read this book. I was hoping for something along the lines of Dangerous Girls by: Abigail Haas or anything by Stephanie Kuehn. What I got was more like a thriller version of Gossip Girl. (which now that I say it does sound cool in it’s own way, but it didn’t work out like that).

Kate O’Brian has always done what it takes to get what she wants. She’s manipulative, smart, and always has her eyes on the
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I'll start this off by saying I'm not generally a fan of thrillers. I didn't like Gone Girl nor did I like Girl on the Train. So I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this but I was sent it by Penguin Random House (thank you to them!!!), so I wanted to give it a go. But wow did I hate this. This story was uninspired and unoriginal. It brought nothing new to the vast array of thrillers that already exist. And it used abuse almost as a plot device which I was super not okay with. Unfortunately, this ...more
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Female antiheroes have been around for a while but Gillian Flynn made them popular - if you look at the blurb for this book, you'll see that it's compared to both WE WERE LIARS and GONE GIRL - and now this trend is extending to YA. Normally comparisons like this make me cringe because they tend to be wildly inaccurate, but in this case there is some foundation for the GONE GIRL comparison. The protagonist of BEWARE THAT GIRL is calculati
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, 2016-books, ya
My new mantra is going to be: if the book is marketed "For fans of Gone Girl," then I'm going to run the other way. Because even though I loved Gone Girl, any book that claims to be like it is decidedly not.

"Beware That Girl" is marketed as a "psychological thriller." I cannot tell you how many times I fell asleep while reading this. It took me an inordinate amount of time to finish this book compared to others I read. "Thriller" it is not.

I realize that this book is supposed to be YA, so I did
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult

There are varying reviews on this one. I’m not sure which side I fall on as I didn’t hate it, I liked it in some parts more than others..
The writing seemed to lack emotional depth and at times robotic.

It’s a typical YA angst which made it a fulfilling read.

The writing was strong but the plot was part way there.

I really enjoyed the lead up to the end and the potential climax......
But I was left unfulfilled.

This of course is my own reading experience and may not be yours.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

----Benjamin Franklin

Teresa Toten, a Canadian author, pens an intriguing young adult thriller about two teenage high school girls in her new book, Beware That Girl that narrates the story of a manipulative high school girl with a painful past who weaves her way through the social ladder just to reach Yale with her good nature, fake poshness and charm, thereby using a pill-survivor, moody rich girl, but their bond of friendship changes once th
Lucy Valeski
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Beware That Girl
Teresa Toten
Penguin Random House
May 31, 2016
336 pages.

I received an ARC of this book at BookCon 2016.

While I was reading Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten, I absolutely hated it. I thought I hated the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. When I finished Beware That Girl, I realized that I did not completely dislike it. By the end I liked most of the characters and I liked Kate and Olivia’s relationship. I didn’t even hate the plot. A couple of hours later, I couldn’t
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this book, it was very different from what I expected after reading the introduction on the jacket. First of all the plot was all over the place , the characters were weak both in the story and in their attitudes. The introduction of Mark as a character had the promise of adding a little bit of seriousness to the book, but in the end he ended up as pathetic as the rest of the book. Instead of a serious book about personality disorders, this book ended up feeling li ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Clawing her way out of a horrible background and upbringing Kate O’Brien has tried to make a place for herself among the elite to fast track her journey to Yale by befriending the mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. Both girls have their secrets to keep as they navigate their way through senior year at the Waverly School.

When Mark Redkin joins the staff at Waverly he charms his way into the lives of the students and staff. Olivia is especially taken with Mark and becomes a bit too clo
Liz Barnsley
**3.5 stars**

Beware That Girl was divisive just for me. I loved some parts of it completely, some others drove me to distraction. I was either "OOH" or "Grrrr" depending which part I was reading and what the plot was doing.

The basic premise was superb - two girls, both with secrets, come together and form a friendship that is based on control. Who is controlling who however is unclear and those were the parts that held me enthralled. Within the construction of the novel I liked the multiple way
Joseph Cognard
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train. This is about the fourth book I have read since it that had a very similar writing style. All four have only reinforced how much I liked, The Girl on the Train.
Beware That Girl was like a cross of The Girl on the Train and the TV show Gossip Girl. I only know of Gossip Girl from having teenage daughters. Was not a huge fan of the few bits that I saw of the show nor the many hours I spent with this book.
Oh well till next time remember it's not who you read
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

ONE WORD: creepy (not scary creepy, psychologically creepy)

Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered weak and weary

BEWARE THAT GIRL evokes the same chills I experience whenever I hear the first lines of Poe's The Raven. Although the stories are in no way similar, Teresa Toten's latest YA novel is that creepy good.

Two damaged girls, the wealthy Olivia, returning for her senior year after an extended psychIatric hospitalization and scholarship student Kate, a self professed liar (and po
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3.5 Stars

I was very excited when I was approved for Beware That Girl on NetGalley as I love Teresa Toten and the psychological thriller genre. I started this book with really high hopes, which is probably why I ended up a little disappointed. This book is told in alternating perspectives and contains a super smart main character, which I loved, but the plot was uneventful in certain parts, which bored me.

Beware That Girl is a psychological thriller that is very uni
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for these kinds of books, I'll admit it. I am always interested in thrillers of any kind, and psychological ones are particularly easy to find so I end up reading those the most. Honestly, most of the time you can see all of it coming from a mile away. The same is true for romance novels to be sure, but I have much more fun on the the progression with thrillers than I do with romances. Simply a question of taste.

With this, I think it'll have a lot of traction of YA readers--especial
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. I would describe it as YA thriller, which is a very rare combination, but somehow Teresa Toten made it work. In this story we follow Katie, an extremely smart (and manipulative) orphan, that manages to get a spot at an elite upper east side private school.

In this school, she meets Olivia. She sees this new friend as her ticket out of the horrible storage unit she's currently living in. They get close and when Olivia asks her to move in with her it looks like Kate is f
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Beware That Girl had an eerie vibe from the start, but I'm completely in shock over how dark this book ended up being. Since dark is kinda my thing it should come as no surprise that I loved all the twisted goodness!

Okay so this is dark and I will admit I felt squeamish during certain parts. The description lets you know that Mark Redkin is an obstacle and a bad one at that. What I wasn't prepared for was how involved Mark would be with Olivia and how toxic their relationship ended up being. Lik
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2016
Secrets can weigh you down. They crawl around your guts, demanding exposure to light and air. When they don't get it, they burrow in and change you.

Perhaps I was just unusually dense whilst I was reading this, but this book didn't to anything for me. I mean, the characters were great and interesting and you were rooting for them the whole time, but the actual plot was pretty flat and uninspired. The build up to the climax was fantastic. It was slow but I felt like this just added to
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a good build in Beware That Girl.Even though I wasn’t particularly enjoying myself, I absolutely had to keep reading. I know saying ‘I couldn’t put this book down’ has lost the weight of its meaning from overuse, but this was seriously one of those cases where, if I’d put the book down, I would be thinking about it literally until I could pick it up again.

It uses the device of the flash-forward beginning, which I always find exciting, but what I wasn’t expecting was to not return to th
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, thriller, ya
3.5/5 This was a fast and fun read- thriller "lite." I liked the voice of the main character and how she developed, but I think the author took too many short cuts with developing the other characters. Why did this character do this- well, because they're crazy of course. What was the motivation for that- well, because they are damaged of course. But you just can't do that with every character or the book just feels shallow. I really wanted the character of "Kevin the fixer" to actually do some ...more
Beware That Girl was a totally new-to-me book by an author I had never heard of. While I'm not convinced it lives up to its comparisons (Gone Girl, We Were Liars) it was definitely a fun and fast-paced novel that kept me guessing and had me flipping pages. Fans of very unreliable narrators, secrets, and puppies (Bruce!) will feel right at home with Beware That Girl!

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
If you're looking to read this because you were drawn in by comparisons to Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train, etc etc etc - you're going to be very disappointed with this one because it literally has nothing in common with those other books aside from the fact that it is also a book. ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of YA thrillers; if you liked We Were Liars, you may like this; fans of unreliable narrators
This is one of those books that takes you along on a ride and at the end, you’re not really sure where you’ve ended up. Although it did remind me of We Were Liars, there was something different about Beware that Girl. Teresa Toten did a really good job of giving us just enough information to follow along, but the secrets that these two girls were holding made a lot of their actions really ambiguous. Kate and Olivia are two girls who meet (almost) by chance and who feed off of one another. They n ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks

Beware That Girl is a YA psychological thriller.

The narrators are Kate (first person) and Olivia (third person) both 18. Even though I am sure that many people will find it odd that Kate's narration is in first person and Olivia's narration is in third person I actually liked it. It made it so much easier to remember which character's chapter I was reading. Plus the author actually did a really good job of making both narrators interesting. I think this worked very well for the story.

The book is
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a creepy one. You think you know which character is the psycho, but do you? I read this in one afternoon because I could not put it down. Each one of the characters seemed to have a tendency, but the jaw dropping ending brought it all together.

This is definitely one you do not want to start at bedtime. While it is a YA, I think adults would get into it as well. I know that I did. It was suspenseful and super creepy. Absolutely one I would recommend!

Thanks to Random House Chil
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Reading about that type of sexual activities made me feel uncomfortable. But was it sexual if it's abusive at the same time? Who the hell know?! These characters are all crazy in their own, unique way. Reading about them made me feel thankful for having parents, a full belly and a roof over my head. There's no psycho drama in my life.

Beware That Girl tried so hard to be different, it ended up being too bizarre. It was all too convenient for me to believe anything was real. Hell, there are fanta
Ken Setterington
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I couldn't put down. Had to finish it in one day. Toten has outdone herself. The characters are richly developed, the plot full of twists and turns making this book a true gem. Toten has always been a literary author and this is no exception - it is just that this looks like it might be a HUGE commercial success. Highly recommended - in fact I know exactly which girls I know who will love it. Of course like so much YA material these days - lots of adults will be devouring th ...more
Attack Salmon
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This title is misleading. It should have been named "Beware That Man"

Can't remember how many fucking times I have read about a bloodthirsty materialistic girl cheat her way into high society. The last one I read before this being Reputation by Sara Shepard and that was a good one. This one was so so. I wasn't bored as much as I feel indifferent

Maybe because of the age old plot that I read so many times before or the writing just wasn't really good. It doesn't draw me in or make me feel for the c
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book was such a let down. I was so excited when I read that it was a prep school thriller, but either Toten is a sadist who is delightfully thinking about her readers' disappointments as they look for the "thrilling" elements of this work, or she is just a "made for TV" writer. This book could be a great 90 minite Lifetime movie, even if it's pretty basic and predictable, but instead it's a novel that traps readers with a compelling cover, title, and comparisons to far superior texts like G ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it

I received a copy of this book in exchange for sharing my fair and honest opinion.

Given my love of both psychological thrillers and young adult novels, Beware That Girl appeared to be right up my alley. I found it a good book overall, but in the end, it fell short for me.

Kate was an excellent character, by far my favorite of the two point-of-views the book provides. She had been through many hardships in her life, and that had shaped her into the person she is within the pages of Beware Tha
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