Saturday, 24 January 2015
Review: Heartside Bay - The New Girl by Cathy Cole
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: February 6th, 2014
Welcome to Heartside Bay - for life, love and everything in between... Lila Murray is desperate for a fresh start after her family moved from London to Heartside Bay. It's the perfect chance to leave her past mistakes behind. But nothing is ever that easy. Day one at Heartside High School brings a whole new set of problems, and one very big new crush. Why did the first boy she met have to be Ollie? The hottest boy in school. And the boy that the school 'it' girl Eve has already claimed as her own. Eve is not someone Lila needed to make an enemy, but it's already too late.
Heartside Bay: The New Girl is the first book in a new twelve-book series for teenagers. It's similar in style to Gossip Girl and It Girl, and centres around Lila Murray and her move to Heartside Bay: the love capital of Britain. There's romance, gossip, friendship and scandal, everything you'd expect from a book about spoiled rich kids!
Lila is an okay character. I can't say I loved her because I didn't but, as the leading lady of Heartside Bay, she does the job. I found her to be too self-involved for the majority of the novel, though that's to be expected when these kinds of characters are concerned. She's literally the talk of the town, has numerous boys chasing after her and quickly makes an enemy at school - all in a day's work!
As far as I know author Cathy Cole doesn't actually exist and instead is a pseudonym for several different authors chosen to write the series. I could be wrong of course, but I think that's usually how these series work. Whoever wrote this first instalment did a good job of setting the scene and introducing characters, with an easy style of writing that quickly engages the reader.
The New Girl is a fast read, one that I liked and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to teens wanting a replacement for Gossip Girl. It's more British and less addictive, but it's still a good read for new and casual readers of YA. I'll probably read a few more books in this series though I doubt I'll manage all twelve. Still, never say never!