Author: Paige Harbison
Publication date: January 31st 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen (an imprint of Harlequin)
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 4/5
Paige Harbison's book Here Lies Bridget was one of the best books I read in 2011 so of course I was dying to get my hands on New Girl and incredibly eager to start reading it. I can safely say that I am now a huge fan of Harbison and can't wait to see what she can give us next! New Girl completely lived up to my expectations and it was a thrilling read.
New Girl follows the life of a girl whose name we aren't give at the beginning. I thought this might make me less able to connect with the character but it worked perfectly. New Girl has moved to a new school after a spot opened up- the only problem is that spot used to belong to a popular girl who has since gone missing. The whole school appears angry at New Girl for 'taking Becca's place' and she starts to regret having ever wished to go to this school.
It's not all bad though as New Girl's personality shines through. She refuses to live in Becca's shadow and faces the new school with great confidence. This wins her a few fans and an added complication- the affection of Becca's ex-boyfriend Max. Max and New Girl struggle with their feelings throughout the book and I loved that New Girl was so headstrong and dignified about the whole thing. She had respect and pride in herself and it made this book very refreshing!
The book alternates between New Girl's present life and Becca's past life. It worked really well and the reader definitely gets to know both girls inside out. I was completely drawn into New Girl's world and could hardly look away from the page! I genuinely enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it- along with Here Lies Bridget!