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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,902 ratings  ·  719 reviews
All it takes is one fatal mistake...

High-school beauty Natalie Hargrove has spent years plotting to become prom queen. She's got just what it takes: popularity, glamour and ruthless ambition.

When someone threatens to overturn her perfect plan, Natalie needs to take control. So she convinces her boyfriend Mike to help play a prank on her nemesis, Justin... one that goes ter
Paperback, 235 pages
Published November 12th 2009 by Razorbill (first published October 28th 2009)
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Allywells Nope, this one is a flunk. The ending goes all kinds of crazy with things don't match up to how to story starting, like she picked a story ending out …moreNope, this one is a flunk. The ending goes all kinds of crazy with things don't match up to how to story starting, like she picked a story ending out of a hat and went with it. (less)
Allywells Not really, easy read, interesting to be from the point of view of a 'popular mean girl' but honestly it had no values, nothing is likeable about any …moreNot really, easy read, interesting to be from the point of view of a 'popular mean girl' but honestly it had no values, nothing is likeable about any of the characters and the ending is so disjointed from the book it made me feel like it was a waste of time.(less)
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Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
I was drawn to this book because I liked the Fallen series and Lauren Kate's style of writing.

I started this book optimistically...

The style of writing and mean, popular girl protagonist was full of promise that had me intrigued.

But about a quarter of the way through I began to realize things just weren't going anywhere..


Then after a whole lot more shit that made me struggle through this book...


I have one conclusion that describes everything in this book from the plot to the protagonist..

Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this ages ago when I was at the coast with my Mum (and her friend) and my two younger sisters (and their two friends) My friend who was supposed to come had bailed on me (she was sick) so I was in for a week of spending time with 4 kids under the age of 11. It was a painful experience. We were in Big W and I was bored, as a normal person would be. We were looking for something and my mum kept finding stuff she liked.


So I convinced my mum to buy a few books for me. This was one of them. I
Contemporary A Thon: A dark/ hard hitting book

Is The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove really a 3 star book?

No. Probably not


As you should know by now I have a special place in my heart for bad overly dramatic stories.

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove reminded me a little bit of Gossip Girl. Now I love the tv show Gossip Girl, I've never read the books but the show is one of my all time faves. I binge watch it every year. But even I can admit that Gossip Girl isn't the best written show. But
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a new experience
Shelves: antiheroes, 2012
"The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove" is Lauren Kate's debut novel (prior to Fallen by about... a month, if Goodreads is anything to go by). I took it out of the library because... well, honestly, I don't know why I took it out.

Sorry. I lie. I'm in my exam period and I needed something to counterbalance all the academic texts I was reading.

Given how much I liked her other books, you might imagine what expectations I had when I went into this one. Well, dear readers, my reaction at the beginning, th
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
I'm one of those people that, once I discover an author that has a great book, I like to read what ever else they have available. I had read Fallen a while back, and looked up on Lauren's website to see if she had any other books available. When I saw The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and read the blurb ... I hesitated.
I'm not a huge fan of the "popular" people, or people that do harmful things to get ahead in life - it's never been my thing. So, I guess it was a blessing in disguise when I won a
Jay G
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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Natalie Hargrove is the most popular girl at her highchool. She has dreamed of becoming Palmetto Princess for years and her long time boyfriend, Mike King is supposed to be crowned Prince beside her. When Justin Balmer threatens her boyfriend's crown, Natalie decides to take matters into her own hands to ensure this doesn't happen.

The book was entertaining at times, but often got on my
Sep 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is, in a word, awful. Literally the only redeeming feature for me was the beautiful cover - I want that dress so badly!

Firstly, Natalie was utterly unlikeable by anyone's standards and gets right on your nerves from the very first page, even when you learn of her background, which I assume is supposed to make you sympathetic towards her but fails utterly in that respect. Natalie is utterly selfish, manipulative, unbelievably vain and ruthlessly ambitious, but w
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a seriously twisted story. Natalie Hargrove is the most popular girl at her school and is practically a shoe-in for Palmetto Princess (aka prom queen). As she and her longtime boyfriend Mike prepare to become high school royalty, something goes terribly, terribly wrong and Natalie flounders to fix it.

Natalie is a deplorable character; she's selfish to the core, but that's what drew me into the story. When something goes wrong of Natalie, she doesn't fess up and move on, she tries to fix
Aug 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How did I come about to read this book? Being on Kaua'i facing 2 flights and a 3 hr. lay over prompted a last minute purchase in poorly stocked Walmart, that's how.

The beautiful cover of this book lured me, the story sounded ok and the fact that there was nothing else I wanted to read lead me to purchasing this book.

First of all, this book is trashy - not too many swear words but so much teen sex, drug and alcohol abuse. Very imoral. I WOULD NEVER let my kids read a book like this. Books like
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
The ending was the best part of this book, but it wasn't enough to make me love it.
Nat was so freaking awful and that ending when (view spoiler) left me happy and satisfied. This is justice.
The other characters were flat and dull. What the hell was that with hippie prophets and ghosts?
I don't think Lauren Kate is for me anymore.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'm a big fan of Fallen and Torment but this book really left a bad taste. Once I got about halfway through I skimmed to the end, and it ended just as badly as I thought it would.
My review is split in to five sections: Writing, Plot, Worldbuilding, Characters, and X-Factor. Each section comprises of either half or one star, except X-Factor which can utilise two whole stars.

For anyone who is confused as to why I would read a book by an author I didn’t particularly trust and whose other books I’d hated with a loathing passion – suck on my 4 star rating! You can NEVER know if you’ll enjoy a book before reading it.

Writing .5
The writing overall was pretty decent. I can’t help
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Natalie Hargrove wasn't always Queen bee at Palmetto high. At one point in time she was on the wrong side of the tracks in this small Southern town. When her father went away and her mom moved them over the tracks and into a new life, Natalie took control. She had everything, the perfect boyfriend, the power, and a past she tries so hard to forget. Now Natalie and her boyfriend running for Palmetto Prince and Princess and there is only one person standing in their way to the top. At a Mardi Gras ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm one of those readers that, if I really like an author, feels the need to get my hands on anything and everything they're written. Enter Lauren Kate. I fell in love with Daniel & Luce's story when I read Torment & Fallen a few months ago. When I meet Lauren for an interview tomorrow, I can't go in there without having done my homework. :)

Natalie was annoying, yet relatable. No, I never played a trick on someone where it got them hurt or killed, and I was never as provocative or manipulative
Andrea Mevill
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favs
I've heard so many bad things about this book. But I loved it. I read something like "When the book back to the past in the final chapter is like wanting to make you feel sad for Nat and understand her" I didn't see it like that. I love the last chapter because it doesn't make me feel sad about anything, it just make me see farther, make me see how much stuff can be behind the scene of every single story. I didn't see or expected a Nat cruel and all bad girl, I could see a lost little girl who g ...more
Ella Cardenas
I usually don't write reviews of the books I've read but I'll make this one an exemption. Damn, this book is such a drag! I was actually forcing myself to turn each page and get it over with. It was just such a disappointing read. Let me write a few reasons as to why this book was just a waste of my time.

1. Flat characters!! Natalie, I get it, is a manipulating, selfish and cunning bitch but she was just that. There was no personality and she cares for the most trivia
Jul 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh god.. this book. I don't even know where I should begin.
My Aunt got this book after she had read Fallen, another book by Lauren Kate. She wasn't really a fan of Fallen but decided to give this book a chance as it was completely different and a one-off book, not a series.

I don't think I liked anything about this book apart from finishing the last page and closing the book forever. If you have a strong dislike for the main character then you'll have a hard time enjoying the book; I couldn't sta
Becca & The Books
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The last 3 chapters were alright. Shame about the rest
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviews
I picked this book up as I was eager to sample Lauren Kate's writing but didn't want to dive into Fallen. The story centres around Natalie Hargrove and her need to be crowned Palmetto Princess- the whole story takes place in such a relatively short time for so much to happen. Natalie sees it as the defining moment of her transformation from Cawdor trailer park to Palmetto Queen Bee. Her boyfriend Mike King doesn't take it as seriously and it is paramount that they be crowned together as the alte ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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There are a few things that Natalie Hargrove wants out of her time at Palmetto High School, but the big one is becoming Palmetto Princess and her boyfriend, Mike, to be Palmetto Prince. And Natalie Hargrove will do anything she has to do to make sure this happens.

When Natalie finds that Mike is at major risk of losing the battle for the crown to the one person Natalie hates, Justin Balmer, we find out just what she will do
Jan 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: American upper class teenagers
I absolutely loved the fallen series so when I heard this was recently published I went and bought it straight away without ever reading the back cover.

Another beautiful front cover on this book, really helps you when picturing Natalie.

Very 'Americanized' for most of the book, talk of juniors, softmores and seniors and being from the uk I don't understand many of these terms.
Most of the book was basically about Natalie being a social climber really (Which for most of use is hard to relate to whe
Tomoe Hotaru
Jan 27, 2012 marked it as how-about-no
Shelves: young-adult
Whoaaa that is one long neck.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and even though it's it's, it always makes a good read. I know some people don't like it, but i love this book.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
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May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you've been reading much Young Adult fiction lately, you'll be familiar with love triangles. You might even be sick of them. But "The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove", a standalone contemporary novel by "Fallen" series author Lauren Kate, deals with that problem in an unusual way - the secondary love interest, green-eyed Justin, is dead. Not zombie-dead or vampire-dead. In-the-ground, exit-stage-left dead. This doesn't stop him haunting every corner of the book, completely outshining Natalie's o ...more
Cecilee Linke
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adults
I hadn't ever heard of this book until I saw it for only $6 at a local bookstore. The cover looked interesting as well as the plot synopsis on the back of the book, and I decided to give it a try.

The story was better than I thought it would be. Yes it's still high school drama, but the main characters were intriguing and well-developed and the story sucked me in a few chapters into the story. The basic plot is this: Natalie Hargrove is the Queen Bee of the very wealthy Palmetto High School in Ch
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Novel Novice
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
These days, Lauren Kate is one of the most popular authors in YA for her best-selling Fallen series. But her first book is actually the lesser-known, wickedly delicious novel The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove — and I’m so glad I picked it up!

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is sort of like a cross between the story of Lady Macbeth and “Jawbreaker” (that 1999 movie with Rose McGowan). It’s got plotting, scheming and social-climbing — mixed in with a prank gone horribly wrong, and all set in a weal
Oct 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm 21. I haven't grown out of YA novels (or children's books) no matter how much Elizabeth Chadwick or Shakespeare I read and I don't think I ever will. I picked this book mostly due to the cover and in an attempt at reading something new. I'm also trying to conquer my fear of the thriller/horror/supernatural genre (I dove head first with Jackson Pearce's Sweetly and I wanted something a little less terrifying.) It sucked. I couldn't read it. I was reduced to skimming through. Other users have ...more
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