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The Haves. The Have-Nots.

Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for he
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Delacorte Press
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Emily May
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". T
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Laura
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
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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 calculating
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sue

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.
Jennifer
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books, thriller, 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
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Aditi
“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
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Lucy Valeski
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
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Carlos
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie
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
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Joseph Cognard
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
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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
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
GRADE: A

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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Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
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 unique. This book is also told in
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Brenda A
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
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Michele Mattos
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Crystal
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Saffy
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 the tens
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
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
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Melissa
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, ya, arc, ebooks
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
Leah
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!
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*I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

*Let us take a moment to pause while I gather my thoughts, because WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?*

Let me start by saying that I believed that this book was a psychological thriller. It could have been, it sort of was, but if I’m being honest, that was a MIXTURE of things that would have been perfect by themselves, but were word gibberish all together.

Let me
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Amanda
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
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
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Debbie
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Ken Setterington
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
Lizzie
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 ★ -- I wasn't aware that this book was going to deal with such deep issues, which wasn't a problem for me at all but it did change the story line for me and not in a bad way. However, I feel like they were dealt with in a much lighter way than they could have been. This is by no means a thriller by my standards.

I was drawn into this book immediately, the characters and their stories were intriguing because I enjoy Law & Order and the crime investigating type shows. I felt that Kate and Oli
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☣Lynn☣
DNF around page 60. Too slow and boring for my liking.
Peaches
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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