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Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

New Girl - Paige Harbison Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/715I finished this one a few hours ago, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I never read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, so I can’t comment on any similarities – as such, the story was completely new to me.I liked the main character – it startled me at the end when someone said her name. I hadn’t realized that for the entire book she’d only been called “New Girl.” I liked that she figured out pretty quickly that she was worth far more than what her classmates made her out to be. I liked that she stood up for herself.I pretty much hated the rest of the characters, even Max. Yes, even Max.They all treated her so horribly – as if she were trying to steal Becca’s identity – when all she was trying to do was live her own life. They were mean to her. They were petty.I think that’s why the book left me so unsettled – I couldn’t find a redeeming quality in most of the characters I met. Max managed to redeem himself – somewhat – but no one else did.While I didn’t care for the characters so much, I can’t deny that the writing was high quality – that’s why I gave it 3.5 stars. If Harbison hadn’t written such descriptive characters, I wouldn’t have ended up feeling the way I did – and I wouldn’t have been so eager to find out what happened to Becca and how things would end up for everyone.