Today I am reviewing on its publication day The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto published by Sourcebooks Fire.
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.
Be careful what you wish for! Lia thought all her dreams had came true when she won a full ride to the prestigious Draycott Academy, but will it become her worst nightmare…
I may no long fit in the “age group” to read a young adult novel, but I still love to read them every so often. Jesse Q. Sutanto’s The New Girl, pulled me in with its tones of Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets Mean Girls, in what I found to be a very entertaining read. I do love a tale involving a private school that holds many secrets and rich kids who think they are invincible due to their families wealth. I got that and so more with this book. A great mystery with an interesting cast of characters that is well written, my first experience with Sutanto’s work was very enjoyable and I look forward to reading more from her.
Thank you to Jesse Q. Sutanto, Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The New Girl, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Let Get to Know Jesse Q. Sutanto
Jesse Q Sutanto is the author of Dial A for Aunties, The Obsession, and Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Oxford University, though she hasn’t found a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious.
The film rights to her women’s fiction, Dial A for Aunties, was bought by Netflix in a competitive bidding war. The novel will be out in April 2021. Jesse lives in Indonesia with her husband, her two daughters, and her ridiculously large extended family, many of whom live just down the road.