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The Tenth Girl

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a youn
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Imprint
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I went into this SO excited, but came out feeling extremely let down. This ended up being 450 pages of nonsense?????? Maybe I'm just dumb, but nothing about the plot (especially the EXTREMELY out of left field ending) made any sense to me. On top of that, I also feel like this book handled certain situations and scenarios in really harmful ways and it just did not work for me. It felt like the author was trying to go for shock factor and it just ended up coming off more insensitive than anything ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Shelves: from-publisher
Every time Dennis and I buddy read a book:


*Many thanks to the publisher for providing our review copies.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I suspect that the The Tenth Girl is going to be a very polarizing book. There is a twist at the end I did not expect, and I think some readers will dislike that twist, while others will love it. Unfortunately, I can't really tell you what factors might make you likely to appreciate what this book is doing without spoiling things! If you really want to know, there will be a spoilery section below where I get into what the twist is, what it means, and why I think it is so smart and thematically b ...more
Feb 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OKKKKKKK... I need this book like NOW!
I should say up front that this as a debut has a lot of promise-- I think the author builds a sense of atmosphere, incorporates indigenous culture/mythology effectively, and definitely has a bold premise/plot pay off which, though I did not like how that ultimately ended up, was not boring. This is not basic YA mystery or horror or fantasy, and for that I salute it.

That said, I think the disparate elements of this book just do not come together and the twist that folks allude to in this is both
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

When I first read the synopsis for The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, I thought to myself; "A gothic psychological thriller about an isolated finishing school that's cursed, AND has a twist that you'll supposedly never see coming? Sign me tf up", because that just about ticks off all of my boxes! This might've been my second most anticipated read of the year (second only to Darkdawn), and now it's my most di
Francina Simone
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s so hard to write a review without spoiling.

I enjoyed this immensely. Many have said it’ll be a polarizing read and I do think that’s true....but omg I LOVED IT.

Trigger warnings: it’s a dark world there are lots of reviews that have the trigger warnings so heed them if reading a horror that involves children and heinous alluded to acts would at all bother you.
Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell
I managed to finagle an ARC of this! Can't wait... it sounds spooky. :)
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*Thank you so much to Sara and Imprint for the opportunity to read THE TENTH GIRL!*

***I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible! But please read at your own risk!***

Hi. Hello. It's been three days and I am still trying to wrap my head around the last 150 pages of The Tenth Girl. I been working with Sara on an interview for The Tenth Girl and I was thrilled when she sent me a copy to read so I could ask more specific book relat
Before I get into my review, I do want to acknowledge that I think this is going to be a very polarizing book. While it didn't work for me, I know there will be plenty of readers that find more success.

So here's the thing with The Tenth Girl: that twist everyone keeps mentioning? It completely changes the first 75% of the story. That can sometimes work, but here it felt a little half-baked. The few clues that were left throughout I had initially read as errors in the writing. I didn't find them
Dec 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Update: The book goddess has blessed me and I got an ARC of this beauty!!! I'm not ready, someone held my hand!!!


Set in Argentina? by an Argentinian-American author? PLEASE GIVE ME PRETTY PLEASE
Rachel Strolle
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
well sh*t
Aug 19, 2019 marked it as most-anticipated
Really hoping Netgalley comes through with an ARC of this because it sounds hella spooky, creepy, and fucked up aka my brand. 🤷♀ ...more
Morgan Jessman
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-favorites, wtfyes
** I received an early copy from the FierceReads booth at BookCon on June 1**

Uh, wow. I needed time to figure out what I was going to say. You know when you just know that a book, movie, or T.V. show is going to have a cult following? This is that. I’m part of the Sara Faring cult after reading this book. I have so many thoughts that I wish I could talk about with someone besides the one friend I forced to read my copy. I have to be satisfied with reading the GoodReads page until all of my frien
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as dnf
Recommended to Dennis by: Chelsea Humphrey
Buddy read with Chelsea!
Jennifer H.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Imprint! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


This is by far the hardest review I've probably had to write to date for the simple fact that everything mentioned could easily stray into spoiler territory very easily. I don't think I've ever read anything like it under the YA umbrella before. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but I was sorely mistaken in the b
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW. I picked up a copy at YALLWest yesterday because of the cool cover without knowing what to expect and I was just blown away. I started reading when I got back home and finished it this morning because I couldn't stop (and this is NOT a short book). I don't normally write reviews but I haven't had my mind blown by an ending like that in a while. Haven't read something this crazy original since some of my David Mitchell favorites. Can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.
Nov 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACES IN ARGENTINA, am I dreaming? A book about my country?

But "the dirty war"... ehh you mean the dictatorship? Because no wars at that time here, unless you count Malvinas (and that was at the end of the goverment).

Also, I hope there are no Nazis here. The Patagonia and a mystery boy gives me a bad spine because lord knows Yankis can't talk about Argentina without talking about Nazis...
Lillian Clark
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant. It's not like anything I've ever read before. It's a chameleon of a book, one thing and then another, twisting from historical to fantastical to horrific like a contortionist. I was absolutely blown away. If you like Shirley Jackson, Blake Crouch, Charlie Jane Anders, anything that stretches your imagination, takes your expectations and flips them on their head, you'll love this book. Faring is a master at drawing you in, then gradually tightening the spiral, pulling you ...more
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
This book blew my mind! I haven’t read a creepy book like this for months and it was refreshing.

I’m still sitting here wondering if I missed something. How did we get to where we were by the ending? It officially messed me up. Like I said above. Mind. Completely. Blown.

This story narrates between Mavi and Angel. Angel is an “other”. But she likes to think of herself as something more than that. Mavi gets accepted to teach English at Vaccaro School. It’s everything she’s ever dreamt of. At leas
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing


this book surpassed my expectations in so many ways. i thought it was a gothic mystery, and... aldjsakjalasdj.

whatever you do, don't stop reading.

(full review to come)

(thank you macmillan/fierce reads for the advanced copy at yallwest festival)
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you so much to the publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest review!

“Panic creeps up on me, slowly, steadily, from its hiding place on the stones, and latches on to me with its greedy, sucking mouth.”

This book was not what I expected in the least, but that WRITING! THE WAY THINGS ARE DESCRIBED!!! The prose was gorgeous and I am now a big fan.

This is one of those stories with a plot so complex and detailed, that if you don’t pay attention and focus with everything you have, you’r
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free*

I've been delving into creepier books and books that can be classified as horror and thriller. I guess I enjoy freaking myself out haha. This book seemed like it would be a really great, really creepy ghost story. The secluded mansion, with dark secrets, made it a book I knew I wanted to try. Trigger warnings: pedophilia, self-harm, grief, gore, mentions of suicide

Wow, wow, I don't even know where to start. This book is something else. Throughout the book, I didn't love it. The wri
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
"I came here to escape, I remind myself."

I don't think I was the right audience for this book.

The Tenth Girl has one the best synopses I've read this year: a girl on the run, a school with a history of hauntings, possessions and a plague that washed away its first residents sixty years ago...In the present time, Mavi doesn't understand the reason behind all the rules in this place. When other residents start acting strange and she realizes her life is threatened, she sets on finding out the tru
I'm having such a hard time rating this book, so I'm going to cop and out... not rate it. Heh heh. Here's the thing: the ending to The Tenth Girl is the love it or hate it kind. I'm predicting polarized ratings.

Of course, I say that and yet I somehow see both sides. Part of me thinks this book was absolutely flippin' BRILLIANT and the other part of me feels tricked. And I'm not sure if I should clap because the author managed to fool me quite thoroughly, or if I should be disgruntled because it
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 6/7/19: I think readers will either love this book or lose steam with it like I did. It was interesting and had a lot going for it but there was so much happening with it that I felt like it was hard to keep up with, and I usually don't have too many issues like there. There were a lot of new things, clues to pick up on, a bunch of characters (which wasn't an issue for me but there were a number), and without a rapid pace to keep things moving, I quickly started losing intere ...more
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
I almost gave this a low rating because of the pacing of the book, but the last 20% totally changed that. My main draw was that the book was really info dumpy with hardly any clues as to how they could solve the curse. More questions upon more questions kept popping up instead of getting answers. I started to get bored because nothing was really happening, but then a huge plot twist happened and I was all in. I didn’t expect it and the twist kind of came from out of nowhere but I really liked it ...more
Kelly Coon
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Sara Faring's THE TENTH GIRL, and holy horseflies, nobody is ready. Probably one of the most mind-bending books I’ve ever read. Wildly imaginative and complex. Dark with frightening children. Well done, Sara, you evil overlord.
Gail Shepherd
It's hard to find words to describe my reaction to Sara Faring's stunning debut THE TENTH GIRL. Part gothic paranormal horror, part psychological thriller, part sci-fi--it's an incredibly ambitious debut that transcends categories. Faring's style is so accomplished you wonder how she seems to have conjured it out of nowhere; her prose sometimes recalls literary masterworks by Kazuo Ishiguro and Shirley Jackson, or contemporary fantasists like Lauren Beukes and China Meiville, even as it twists c ...more
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Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles.

After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business.

She currently resides in New York City.
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