The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
Release Date: November 12, 2009
Age Group: Young Adult
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Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead. From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove. Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.Don't try to mess with Natalie Hargrove!
After reading Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate and having enjoyed them quite a lot, I heard about this book that was published prior to her Fallen Series. Since I'm still waiting for Passion (the third book in the Fallen series) to be published I decided to give it a try.
I am disappointed with this book. I didn't enjoy it much as much as I hoped I would. Most of this book is based on Natalie wanting to become Palmetto Princess. All her life Natalie has worked hard to get to the top. Now with her perfect boyfriend Mike and her popularity climbing she has her mind set on one thing... the crown. But after she finally gets, life isn't as perfect as she thought it would be. After the prank pulled on Justin, Natalie has to find a way to cover her tracks.
Spoiler Alert! Proceed with Caution.
Its not as easy and its seems, costing Kate her life.
What?! Really did she have to go ahead and get killed? The thing that irked me the most was the fact that Mike was the one to push Natalie off the bridge. I mean he was the one that wanted to tell the truth about what happened, why did he have to have another murder on his hands?
Now don't get me wrong Natalie got what was coming to her. Not only did she murder someone, she tried to cover it up by blaming it on someone else. That's just NOT nice.
Besides the fact that I didn't like the way it ended, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove was quite entertaining.