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The Tenth Girl

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  208 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 li
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published 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
Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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DNF @ p. 114

I love Gothic horror and the fact that this is set in a creepy boarding school in Patagonia with Argentinian characters seemed like a slam dunk. I'm sad that it wasn't, because I was really, really looking forward to this book and was so sure that it would be good. Here's the problem, though: good writing is like a carrot on a stick. You want to withhold enough information to keep the reader interested and make them think that they have a chance at catching the carrot;
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own, vine, favorites
"The Tenth Girl" deserves to become, with time, a horror classic.. And also __________ and __________. It deserves it.

Sara Faring's writing is literary and beautiful and clever. The world she has created is wholly original and the book is remarkable. Intrigue becomes suspense which turns to terror and back to intrigue and fear and it doesn't let up. And here and there there's a little gift or inside joke for horror fans. It's a book to read over and find more in it every time.
Chelsea Humphrey
May 23, 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.
Mayra Sigwalt
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it

I was probably screaming in my mind the whole way through this book. I won't even talk about the plot, because there's enough reviews about that, and not enough people using google for a simple research talking about the colonial/racist/offensive aspects of the book.

I think the writer tried t
So here's my problem with THE TENTH GIRL. If this was a more straight-forward, yet twisty, gothic horror, I think it would've been amazing. Parts of this were really good. The atmosphere, the creepy factor, the isolated strangeness of the setting, the eerie encroaching darkness of it all.. it was great.

But instead this book is a lot more than meets the eye. Infact in hindsight you see a lot of the clues, or at least I do, but even had I noticed, even if they had got me wondering, not
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 t
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
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 relate
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 charming,
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bro what the FUCJ
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.
Rec-It Rachel
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
well sh*t
✨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 disa/>e-ARC
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I guess I’m just not having the best luck with my horror reads lately. The Tenth Girl was the latest to disappoint, and this one stings especially, considering how it started off leading me to believe I was going to fall in love with this book. Somewhere along the way though, everything started unraveling.

Labeled a gothic psychological thriller, The Tenth Girl follows 18-year-old protagonist Mavi who arrives at Carmela De Vaccaro’s elite fin
Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)
What a wild ride... Kept me guessing... and an odd read..
Lauren Stoolfire
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this debut YA Horror novel since the concept sounded like it had so much potential. Unfortunately, it didn't really work for me overall. What I did like was all of atmosphere and the author's style in the beginning especially. Of the two perspective characters, Mavi was the only one I was particularly intrigued by. As this overly long novel progressed I wished that we didn't have split POV chapters. Also just a fair warning about the ending - the twist really comes at you ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

“Something in the atmosphere is wrong here, a something I can’t articulate— I only feel a discomfort in the hollow of my chest, the same one that tells you you are not alone when you want to be, or that you are entirely alone when you shouldn’t be.”

The Tenth Girl was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Not only I love me a good YA thriller, but also the premise of this novel sounded like the perfect book for fall/Halloween, and I wa/>
Morgan Jessman
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wtfyes, new-favorites
** 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
Apr 12, 2019 marked it as dnf
Recommended to Dennis by: Chelsea Humphrey
Buddy read with Chelsea!
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

The Tenth Girl is a super atmospheric book with some stunning twists based on some really intriguing folklore. So, I shall break down all my feelings for you, as one does.

What I Loved:

• Holy incredible atmosphere! Right from the start of the story, the tone is set by the setting and how well the author develops the entire vibe. From the first page, the reader feels like they are legitimately in this Argentinian boardingsome 
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
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
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.
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 lo
Wow. Reviews for this are so mixed. I wonder which way I'd go....
....guess I have to read this then. 😊
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
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 truth.
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
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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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