Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargove - Lauren Kate (2009)

I bought this because I liked Lauren Kate's Fallen series. This is quite different to that series. It is not of the YA supernatural genre for starters. It is a rewrite on Shakespeare's Macbeth fast forward to the 21st century.

It's okay, I'm not a huge fan of this novel. I find it superficial and unrealistic. I kinda wanted to punch out Princess Natalie since page 5.


Natalie sits at the top of the social tier in her elite high school. She has great aspirations for her and her boyfriend Mike to be crowned Prince and Princess of Palmetto High. Only Natalie has a secret. She's no rich kid, her mum married into the wealthy side of town, before that she was garden variety trailer trash. Natalie and Mike go to a Mardi Gras party held by a friend. A boy named J.B who knew the pre-remarriage Natalie tries to confront her which she avoids. When Mike finds J.B drunk, they take him for a drive in Mike's car to sober him up. Then the couple decides on pulling a practical joke. Natalie ties J.B to the church sign, in his full Mardi Gras costume. She finds a bottle of pills on J.B, which she takes to minimise the harm on his reputation. The next day J.B is found dead, he needed that medication. Mike panics, and Natalie remains calm. The pair wins the Prince and Princess, but Natalie has a breakdown. She tries to run away and leaves a note for Mike by the waterfall where they always hang out. Only Mike finds her there and tries to stop her leaving. He pushes her too hard by accident and she falls to her death. Her death is treated as a tragedy and Mike is nowhere to be found.

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