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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142658
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] racy gothic tale...[a] deliciously twisted story." --Publishers Weekly

"Lots of adjectives can be applied to this debut effort--mean, smutty, decadent--and all of them should be taken as compliments." --Booklist

"This book will be enjoyed by teens who appreciate titles with irredeemably "mean girl" characters." --VOYA

About the Author

Lauren Kate grew up in Texas in a town a lot like Palmetto. She now lives on a farm in Winters, California. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is her first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The ending took me by surprise as well.
Mary Bookhounds
It seems like with all the talk surrounding FALLEN that THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE has been lost in the shuffle, or will be, but I hope that doesn't happen.
TeensReadToo
I felt it was predictable and shallow in both plot and character personalities.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Su on November 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE is an unapologetically guilty-pleasure read that will make your insides squirm with half-pleasure, half-horror. With a wonderful voice, tantalizing characters, and a steady plot, this book seems tailor-made for teen girls looking for a fast and furious read.

Natalie reminds me of many unapologetically bitchy and manipulative queens of high school society. Her voice is spot-on and full of judgment against those who cross her path as well as the constant fear that she will be exposed as a fraud. She is the girl you love to hate, and yet can't read enough about. Though definitely callous at times, Natalie is also simultaneously the desperate, lost girl struggling to gain footing on a suspicious land. Her actions may be despicable, but she is also wonderfully justified in doing what she did, which is a remarkable achievement on Lauren Kate's part.

Indeed, I found almost all of the characters fascinating with their complicatedly bad sides. Here, there are no perfect characters, and it's almost like watching a CW drama, the way you can't look away from these train wrecks of characters. (On a side note, I believe I also have a bit of a bad-boy crush on Justin.) Nobody really changes much throughout the story, but they are interesting enough that you just might overlook that and focus on the drama itself.

The story slowly unfurls Natalie's past, as well as what happened between her and Justin. It can be an infuriating process, the way hints are dropped sporadically, unhelpfully. However--and it may be my slightly masochistic side saying this--I found the ending satisfying, in all its shock and, yes, even unexpected sweetness.

THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE may not be for everyone, but if you're willing to overlook the fact that all of these characters and the entire situation itself are far from admirable, you're in for an enjoyable ride.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Moirae the fates book reviews on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove review by Moirae (the Fates) book reviews. In Lauren Kate's debut novel: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate, with the tag line there is nothing more twisted then fate We meet a high school senior who is the crème de la crème of the school. Natalie is a tree-time prom queen and is obsessed with becoming her school's Palmetto Princess, an annual popularity contest that is reserved for the senior class. Natalie's story is very very dishy and very juicy.
Natalie and her boyfriend Mike are the power couple of their high school. Natalie is the embodiment of the typical bitchy teenager that half the school hates, the other half are only friends with her to feel powerful. I simply loved this story.
Natalie is determined to win no matter what. She and Mike play a trick on another one of the students, this one is in the running for Palmetto King, and Mike is also up for King. The problem is, the trick goes horribly wrong.
The rest of the story is Natalie and Mike trying to cover up what they had done.
The character development in this story, I thought was very good. The interactions between Natalie and the other characters felt very real to me. Kate did an amazing job drawing her readers in. I really felt as if I was there with Natalie, watching everything unfold. Through out the story, we begin to learn more and more about Natalie and her past, which helps the reader, understand Natalie more. Natalie is also very manipulative. Kate did a great job in creating a character like Natalie that is bitchy and manipulative, but one that the reader also still likes and can get behind.
The storyline was very original and very well thought out and wonderfully written. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Day on October 2, 2010
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Lauren Kate has crafted a completely plausible scenario in her modern day Gothic tale. It reads almost like a diary and makes an otherwise unlikeable protagonist, sympathetic to readers. Yes, Natalie Hargrove did a bad, bad, thing (cue Chris Isaak's song) -but you can't help but route for her to get away with it and succeed in her plan.

Sex, drugs, revenge, murder, social political ploys, and cover-ups...this story has it all, but not in an over the top way. It is written in a calculating way that felt more like a young adult (and PG) version of Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. There are very real emotions conveyed in the text it just takes a little time for them to surface, but once they do it is exciting. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is not an after school special, it is more of a literary soap opera. But I have always had a soft spot for soaps;).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pinkspo0n on June 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a fairly interesting read. I picked up this book from the library since I wanted to read another book from this author but was too impatient to wait through the wait list. I thought I'd give this book a chance to see how I'd like the author. Although this isn't my normal style, I found how consequences can sneak up on someone very interesting.

M only complaint is that I wish there was a bit more closure at the end. It leaves a bit too your imagination, which is fine. I just normally prefer things to be completely squared away at the end of a book.

Is recommend this book for readers who enjoy series such as Private or Pretty Little Liars.
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Lauren Kate is the internationally number one bestselling author of Teardrop, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, and the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Fallen in Love, and Rapture. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

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