Arc Review: The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Title: The New Girl
Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller / Contemporary
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: ⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Lia Setiawan has never really fit in. And when she wins a full ride to the prestigious Draycott Academy on a track scholarship, she’s determined to make it work even though she’s never felt more out of place.

But on her first day there she witnesses a girl being forcefully carried away by campus security. Her new schoolmates and teachers seem unphased, but it leaves her unsure of what she’s gotten herself into.

And as she uncovers the secrets of Draycott, complete with a corrupt teacher, a golden boy who isn’t what he seems, and a blackmailer determined to get her thrown out, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone…especially when the threats against her take a deadly turn.” (Goodreads)

I really wanted to like this one. I really did.

When this book was announced it didn’t have a title and looked like it would be a continuation of her first YA book The Obsession. Cue the disappointment when I found out it was new characters and wouldn’t correlate with that story. Okay, fine. I went into this story with an open mind. Honestly, this was my least favorite of her books written and I have read them all.

I know that her books are usually written with a lot of drama and unique plots. I was prepared for that and it’s one thing I like about her books. The problem with this one is that it felt way too dramatic. It was Mean Girls on steroids. Dramatic books such as this one just aren’t my cup of tea.

None of the characters were ones that I liked and I just pushed through the book so I could be finished with it. I just felt there wasn’t any substance to them. They were just out being as crazy as possible.

Overall, this one just wasn’t for me. I’m not a fan of high drama books. I’m sure others will like this one more than me especially if they are into books like that.

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