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Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten [in School Library Journal]

Beware that Girl by Teresa Toten on BookDragon via SLJKate has always been a liar – out of necessity rather than malice. She’s smart and savvy and knows how to be a good friend. She’s also the best scholarship student Manhattan’s tony Waverly School has ever had.

Olivia, by contrast, has grown up with every possible material privilege, but her mother is dead and her father travels frequently, leaving the housekeeper her only constant adult. Kate maneuvers herself into the posh guest room of Olivia’s penthouse and quickly becomes earnest BFFs with her.

When handsome new head of advancement Marcus Redkin enters Waverly’s “estrogen pool,” he makes waves no one can ignore, including Kate and Olivia, albeit for very different reasons.

With her consummately youthful voice, Jorjeana Marie narrates, alternating between charming and treacherous, with impeccable timing. Older readers in search of bone-chilling terror – think E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars or Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap – will surely relish the fear here.

Review: “Multimedia,” School Library Journal, September 1, 2016

Readers: Young Adult

Published: 2016


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