Thursday, March 11, 2010

THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE by Lauren Kate [Giveaways] [Monster Birthday Party]

Today's awesome is a signed copy of Lauren Kate's debut, THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE. Here's a snippet from the book inspection:
Plot Sketch: Natalie Hargrove rules Palmetto High. She's the senior girl. What she thinks matters and what she does sets trends. She dates Mike King. She puts people in their places, both socially and verbally with her debate skills. She is a shoe-in for Palmetto Princess. Only thing is, people don't know about her past and what she was before she started as a Freshman at Palmetto. When Palmetto Prince contender J.B. has some unfortunate events happen to him, it's Natalie's past that comes in to play, Natalie's past that drives her actions. Ultimately, is it Natalie's past that determines her fate? Who betrays Natalie Hargrove? Read to find out.

Verdict: I Heart It! I have to say that the ending of this book cinched it for me. Starting out, you think Natalie a shallow, self-centered gold-digger like her mother, but as you go on, Kate does a good job of showing us why Nat acts the way she does. Her backstory comes in to play and a little reflection after finishing the book goes a long way to understanding and appreciating the story. It was unexpected, and well done. It's not uplifting, but it is thought provoking. Parental warnings: SEX!, Drugs, and homicidal themes all occur in this novel, so you'll want to screen it first to make sure it's appropriate for your teen. I don't know much about Southern culture, so I don't know if Kate's cultural references are valid or not, but I can vouch for her geographical references. I was especially impressed with some of her flora references and the accuracy thereof (e.g., venus fly trap native range).

Read the full inspection.
So, enter to win a signed copy right now, whydontcha? And be sure to check out all of the other giveaways this month during our MONSTER Birthday Party!

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Great review! Thanks for the contest!

Haku said...

thank you, I liked your verdict ;)

Anonymous said...

=D its a good book^^

The Book Vixen said...

I really enjoyed Fallen and I can't wait to read this one.

backyard putting said...

Thanks for the "parental warning". I myself have no problem with sexual or homicidal scenes but if you have ever given a book as a gift that contained..well.. cruel scenes that you were clueless about than you really appreciate warnings like that.