Beware That Girl

Beware That Girl

How did I get it?:
Sent to me via Hot Key Books/Bonnier, in return for an honest review.


Kate O’Brien has always been known as the scholarship kid, running away from a terrible past and overcoming obstacles, some more sinister than others. She’s determined to make a better life for herself. She deserves it. And at the elite Waverly school, Kate is willing to do whatever it takes to climb the social ladder and land her spot at Yale.

There’s one girl in particular that catches Kate’s eye. Olivia Michelle Sumner, all born blonde and rich and just messed up enough for Kate to latch on to. As for Olivia, she’s a damaged girl, looking to be mended. She finds something promising in Kate. A study buddy. A best friend. A sister she never had. But even a vulnerable girl like Olivia has her own dark past to contend with.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he manages to woo the whole student body, paying particular attention to Olivia – an affair she very much wants to keep to herself, especially from Kate. And as a man who knows just how to get what he wants, Kate realises that Mark poses a huge threat, in more ways than she is willing to admit.

A deeply twisted YA novel that will have you guessing until the very last line.


This book immediately caught my eye, as I’m really into YA and specifically dark YA reads. Beware That Girl wasn’t exactly what I expected. I wanted it to be more thrilling and twisted than it was, but that’s perhaps looking at it from an adult perspective.

Beware That Girl centres around two girls Kate and Olivia. Kate has has a horrific upbringing and is now trying to make her way in the world. She’s had plenty of scholarships and is now socialising amongst the elite to hopefully fast track her way to Yale. Her dream. Kate befriends Olivia, who is incredibly rich but very damaged. Both girls have secrets they’re hiding. Mark Redkin joins the staff at their school and is incredibly charming. He ‘befriends’ staff and children. Olivia is absolutely besotted with him and their relationship becomes another secret to hide. Kate also finds out that Mark is a threat to her secrets. The story is full of secrets galore.

If you’re into a Gossip Girl vibe then I think you might enjoy this book. It’s totally got that spoilt rich kid with lots of drama in it. There’s a lot of calculating moves and some back-stabbing. The writing itself is good but I wished for some more character development. As I mentioned, this genre is usually my type of thing which is why I totally wanted to pick up a copy. I did enjoy reading this book and it didn’t take me long to read, but I was left feeling underwhelmed by the story as a whole.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! – I don’t think this book will appeal to everyone, but I think it’s worth trying, especially if you’re into Gossip Girl. 

It kept me reading, but isn’t a story that will stick with me for a long time!


3 thoughts on “Beware That Girl

  1. I’ve read this one too, and I agree I didn’t mind it but I wanted it to be darker. Like you I think it’s because I read a lot of adult psychological thrillers.

  2. It does sound like it could have been really good, and I like the cover. Too bad it wasn’t just a bit more satisfying.

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