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Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The Girl in the Picture. After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is th Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The Girl in the Picture. After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. A girl who no one knew was even close to Chace–and whose dormmate, Lana Rivera, was Chace's girlfriend. Nicole is that girl and now she's the primary suspect in his murder. But what really happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back; were he and Lana over? Could either of them have killed him? Told in alternating points of view, that of our suspect, Nicole Morgan, and her former best friend and roommate, Lana Rivera, readers will piece together the story of a starcrossed love, a fractured friendship–and what really happened the night Chace was killed.


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Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The Girl in the Picture. After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is th Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The Girl in the Picture. After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. A girl who no one knew was even close to Chace–and whose dormmate, Lana Rivera, was Chace's girlfriend. Nicole is that girl and now she's the primary suspect in his murder. But what really happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back; were he and Lana over? Could either of them have killed him? Told in alternating points of view, that of our suspect, Nicole Morgan, and her former best friend and roommate, Lana Rivera, readers will piece together the story of a starcrossed love, a fractured friendship–and what really happened the night Chace was killed.

30 review for The Girl in the Picture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

    Ugh. Another poor, cliché YA mystery. This advanced readers edition was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Full review to come.

  2. 4 out of 5

    abby

    Nicole Morgan loved-- no, loves-- Chase Porter, but as far as anyone knows, they hardly know each other. On the outside Chase is the fun loving and dutiful son from a prominent political family who is happily dating Lana, the daughter of a senator. They're just you're average rich, elite teenage power couple. And Nicole is the girl with the violin. Talented and hard working but plain looking and not part of the it crowd; you know the type. But Chase has secrets. One is that he loves Nicole and n Nicole Morgan loved-- no, loves-- Chase Porter, but as far as anyone knows, they hardly know each other. On the outside Chase is the fun loving and dutiful son from a prominent political family who is happily dating Lana, the daughter of a senator. They're just you're average rich, elite teenage power couple. And Nicole is the girl with the violin. Talented and hard working but plain looking and not part of the it crowd; you know the type. But Chase has secrets. One is that he loves Nicole and not Lana. The other is something that could destroy his powerful family. When Chase is murdered, pictures of he and Nicole together are discovered in his possession, and she becomes a suspect in his death. One thing I really appreciated about this book was that Nicole isn't taking on the system alone. She has the support of an involved mother who gets her *gasp* a lawyer to help her avoid making stupid mistakes that could incriminate her further. Having read one to many books where teen girls somehow investigate and solve crimes alone while the police suck their thumbs, I honestly found this refreshing. One thing I did not like was the ending. The drama filled triangle between Lana, Nicole and Chase didn't play as large a role in the murder as readers would expect given that 250 pages are devoted to waxing on about it. The writing is solid, and the characters were developed as well as I suppose can be expected of this type of book (with the exception of Chase: the attractive, charming rich dude with a dark secret but also a heart of gold). I'm also a bit of a sucker for all things paranormal and found that to be a welcome surprise. 3.5 stars. I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    “Because you're fresh air," he says. "Being around you, hearing your music and listening to you talk, watching you smile...it makes me forget all the bad in the world.” ― Alexandra Monir, The Girl in the Picture I do so love YA books that are both well written AND incredibly moving. If you like your YA novels haunting with a dose of mystery and paranormal you are going to love The girl in the picture. This is a campus novel. The plot revolves around one of the students, Chace who is found murdered “Because you're fresh air," he says. "Being around you, hearing your music and listening to you talk, watching you smile...it makes me forget all the bad in the world.” ― Alexandra Monir, The Girl in the Picture I do so love YA books that are both well written AND incredibly moving. If you like your YA novels haunting with a dose of mystery and paranormal you are going to love The girl in the picture. This is a campus novel. The plot revolves around one of the students, Chace who is found murdered. The only clue the police have to go on is a picture .You see, Chace was dating Lana but the picture in question is not of Lana. It is of Chace with her roommate..a quiet, rather awkward, musically gifted girl named Nicole who, as far as everyone knew, barely knew Chace. What really happened that night? Why is there a picture of Chace with his girlfriend's roommate? And what else is going to happen? This was a great four star read. way more haunting then most YA mysteries. I also loved the extra magical element in it too. This was a bittersweet, mournful book that I loved. I am glad the writer did not descend into cliches. Both girls were portrayed as very human. This is not a story of one good girl and one evil. Both are interesting and vulnerable people. If there is one thing that REALLY makes it stand out, it is how music is incorporated and interwoven into the plot. That just made the story soar. There is a Metaphysical and spiritual element to Girl in the picture that differentiates it from the typical YA mystery. It's the perfect YA mystery..highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    After really like the author's stand alone book Suspicion last year, it was about time I picked something else of her's up and when I saw that her latest was going to be a YA mystery with just a touch of paranormal mixed in, I knew it was going to be the next read for me. This was an enjoyable read and the paranormal mixed in very nicely with the mystery aspect and truly created an imaginative story that was easily read in one sitting. Told in alternating point of view of both Lana and Nicole an After really like the author's stand alone book Suspicion last year, it was about time I picked something else of her's up and when I saw that her latest was going to be a YA mystery with just a touch of paranormal mixed in, I knew it was going to be the next read for me. This was an enjoyable read and the paranormal mixed in very nicely with the mystery aspect and truly created an imaginative story that was easily read in one sitting. Told in alternating point of view of both Lana and Nicole and spanned over the space of a year, this was nicely done and plotted out. I loved the added bonus of our glimpses of Chace as well. It added an extra depth and layer to the story that both brought on an air of mystery as well and a paranormal element that was a nice touch. This ended up being a fun read that I'm glad I took the time for. *ARC copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amitaf0208

    4.5 stars - loved it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    This sounds great! I've been waiting to read something more from this author, I can't wait to get my hands on it! This sounds great! I've been waiting to read something more from this author, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    Sadly I didn't like this as much as I did her other books. It wasn't the worst thing that I've read. I just didn't care for any of the characters. I knew it was going downhill when I didn't even feel sorry for the guy that was killed. I still think she is a good writer and I will definitely read any other book she puts out. Sadly I didn't like this as much as I did her other books. It wasn't the worst thing that I've read. I just didn't care for any of the characters. I knew it was going downhill when I didn't even feel sorry for the guy that was killed. I still think she is a good writer and I will definitely read any other book she puts out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    You know how sometimes you read books and get a sense of Deja Vu, but you can't put your finger on it as all evidence is pointing to that you haven't read it. That's how I was with the Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir. Overall, I knew I hadn't read the book but there were a lot of parts to it that just sounded so darn familiar. This book is perfect if you love YA Thrillers. The book starts off in the present time with the popular guy Chace Porter being found dead in the woods after a party You know how sometimes you read books and get a sense of Deja Vu, but you can't put your finger on it as all evidence is pointing to that you haven't read it. That's how I was with the Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir. Overall, I knew I hadn't read the book but there were a lot of parts to it that just sounded so darn familiar. This book is perfect if you love YA Thrillers. The book starts off in the present time with the popular guy Chace Porter being found dead in the woods after a party. Anyone could have killed him, but the police are narrowing down their suspects to two females - Nicole Morgan and Lana Riveria. Nicole was a violinist and not on the popular radar whereas Lana was Miss Queen Bee. They both loved Chace, but only one of them could ultimately be with him. The book then jumps back to the moment where Chace starts school and meets not only Lana but also Nicole. We learn too that Nicole and Lana have been put together as Roomies and though Chace really wanted to be with Nicole, he ended up with Lana who politically was the best choice. The thing though is all those memories are about to be brought back up as Chace was found dead with the pictures of him and Nicole in his pocket and Nicole is forced to relive the last night she had anything to do with Chace and Lana - the night she got her scar. This was a fast-paced read and when the real killer is revealed, it all made sense and I loved how all the characters including the killer were tied together and intertwined with one another's lives. So, readers if you are on the lookout for a good YA thriller - then check out Alexandra Monir's The Girl in the Picture and find out who really killed Chace Porter, that fateful night.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin I went into this YA mystery with moderate expectations, but enjoyed it more than I thought. The story opens with the discovery of a murder victim, a high school boy, and then flashes back to show the circumstances leading up to his death. He's a congressman's son, a new student at an exclusive Long Island Prep School. He's immediately glommed onto by Lana, the daughter of a congresswoman. But he's also drawn to Nicole, who's social Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin I went into this YA mystery with moderate expectations, but enjoyed it more than I thought. The story opens with the discovery of a murder victim, a high school boy, and then flashes back to show the circumstances leading up to his death. He's a congressman's son, a new student at an exclusive Long Island Prep School. He's immediately glommed onto by Lana, the daughter of a congresswoman. But he's also drawn to Nicole, who's socially awkward and a talented musician. The story is told by both girls in flashback (with occasional asides from the dead guy.) This kind of technique has bothered me in other books, but it worked for me here. The two girls were different enough (Lana brash and confident, Nicole not) that I could easily keep everything straight. Overall I thought the mystery was handled pretty well - the clues laid out, and the suspect someone that the reader could guess. But I still found the ending kind of unbelievable. (view spoiler)[ So, Chase was a brand new student at the school, but the killer already got him/herself accepted there and was lying in wait, ready to seek revenge? And had already befriended the person he/she planned to frame? I think this person should forget revenge and apply to Harvard or Stanford, because making all that work out means this person is someone who can make things happen! (hide spoiler)] But besides that, I did enjoy this. It was fun and kept me reading. Thanks to the publisher for providing a free advance copy of this book for me to review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Attack Salmon

    A mystery well done!! The Girl in the Picture is sort of cliche. Popular Boy Chace is murdered in the woods. Police found a picture of him and Nicole in his pocket. But he already have a Queen Bee girlfriend Lana. Lana and Nicole are roommates and best friends. So who killed Chace? Despite being very cliche and the mystery wasn't all that mind blowing, I enjoyed it immensely. Alexandra Monir have a way of bring out the character's emotions. Lana may be a Queen Bitch but she still have the human si A mystery well done!! The Girl in the Picture is sort of cliche. Popular Boy Chace is murdered in the woods. Police found a picture of him and Nicole in his pocket. But he already have a Queen Bee girlfriend Lana. Lana and Nicole are roommates and best friends. So who killed Chace? Despite being very cliche and the mystery wasn't all that mind blowing, I enjoyed it immensely. Alexandra Monir have a way of bring out the character's emotions. Lana may be a Queen Bitch but she still have the human side in her. She genuinely love Nicole as a friend even though they both are vastly different. The feeling of break up and forbidden love is potrayed very well in this book. The mystery is meh but the way the author writes, you can't help being suck into it

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This story is a mystery and a story of a secret love and a story of family secrets all taking place at an exclusive school. The story begins with the discovery of soccer star and Congressman's son Chace Porter's body in the woods. In his pocket is a strip of photos taken at the fair. The problem is that the photos are of he and Nicole Morgan, not he and his girlfriend Lana Rivera, also the daughter of a Congresswoman. The story jumps back and forth in time from when Chace first came to the school This story is a mystery and a story of a secret love and a story of family secrets all taking place at an exclusive school. The story begins with the discovery of soccer star and Congressman's son Chace Porter's body in the woods. In his pocket is a strip of photos taken at the fair. The problem is that the photos are of he and Nicole Morgan, not he and his girlfriend Lana Rivera, also the daughter of a Congresswoman. The story jumps back and forth in time from when Chace first came to the school as a junior and meets both Lana, who is a social butterfly, and Nicole, who is a music geek. Lana decides that he would be the perfect boyfriend and someone she deserves. And, despite being attracted to him herself, Nicole can't believe someone so unbelievable would every be interested in her and so she pushes him toward Lana. Circumstances contrive to throw Chace and Nicole together and their relationship deepens but Nicole doesn't want to hurt her friend Lana. It isn't until the spring before his death that Chace and Nicole come out to Lana who doesn't take the revelation of their relationship well. Her reaction and an accident that scars Nicole's face makes Nicole shy away from Chace. Now that his body has been found, the hunt is on to find out who murdered him. Nicole is quickly becoming the prime suspect especially since someone seems to be framing her for the crime. Is it Chace's parents who don't want his family secret exposed? Is is Lana's mother who thinks Lana might have had a part in the death? Or is it someone else? This story had twists and turns and was filled with emotional ups and downs. It also has some appearances of Chace from beyond the grave who isn't going to move on until he is sure that his love Nicole is cleared of any suspicion. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember who killed him but he is there at crucial moments to support Nicole. This was a fast-paced story that I read in one day. I couldn't stop reading until I found out who killed Chace. Fans of mysteries and love stories will enjoy this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thamy

    I'm not sure what gave me the impression this was going to be a book on supernatural events now I reread the summary. While I wasn't entirely wrong, this was the sort of book that had a little of each genre. Unfortunately, it didn't excel in any of them. Chace is found dead and the story is confusing. Who'd want to kill him? Until the pictures of him and another girl leak, making The Girl in the Picture and his official girlfriend persons of interest. The book is narrated by both girls, telling us I'm not sure what gave me the impression this was going to be a book on supernatural events now I reread the summary. While I wasn't entirely wrong, this was the sort of book that had a little of each genre. Unfortunately, it didn't excel in any of them. Chace is found dead and the story is confusing. Who'd want to kill him? Until the pictures of him and another girl leak, making The Girl in the Picture and his official girlfriend persons of interest. The book is narrated by both girls, telling us the story on two times starting from when they met Chace and from when they find the news. I usually don't like alternated POVs but the voices were different enough. At the same time, Lana's was exaggerated and that really killed her character for me. I loved the first scene but then it takes a while for you to get into the story. It did grip me at some point. Also, this was a quick read. Once you get through the first quarter or third, you probably won't stop. However, the hints and twists weren't enticing enough to make me hold my breath. This is no memorable thriller. You can guess the whole backstory from the second chapter, so all the flashbacks felt dragging, and the romance failed to swoon me over. At last, I didn't like the answer to what happened to Chace. I wonder why it turned out like that when there were a couple of explanations with fewer holes. Really, it left me wondering whether the author was forced into a plan C. It was a pity, as I expected a much detailed reason for all. Not that it was bad, just disappointing. So, this was a pleasant reading. I had a good time and plan to read more from this author. In addition, I feel the genres blended well, even if they didn't make one another glow. I was hoping for something with more oomph but this was nice. I recommend to those who don't have problems with a bit of melodrama in your story. (Review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. I want to also thank the publisher for giving me this opportunity.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was a fast, easy to read mystery/thriller perfectly appropriate for young YA readers. I am glad I found it at my local library and am looking forward to adding it to my MS collection when I get back after break. My kids are ALWAYS looking for their next mystery read and it is hard to find ones that are "clean" enough for middle schoolers while also still having an actual mystery to solve. Highly recommend for fans of April Henry's many books, or those who would like something like The Natur This was a fast, easy to read mystery/thriller perfectly appropriate for young YA readers. I am glad I found it at my local library and am looking forward to adding it to my MS collection when I get back after break. My kids are ALWAYS looking for their next mystery read and it is hard to find ones that are "clean" enough for middle schoolers while also still having an actual mystery to solve. Highly recommend for fans of April Henry's many books, or those who would like something like The Naturals but might not be ready for the violence in that series. This has minimal language, no sexual content (the cheating boyfriend/best friend WAIT to kiss until after they have gone to the girlfriend together to confess they might have feelings for each other), and the killer isn't going to be your first guess. All wins in my opinions. Bonus points for the fact that there are dual perspectives AND the story is told in two timelines. Nicole has always been the shy, music geek at school. But then, unexpectedly, she gets paired with Lana, easily one of the most popular girls at Oyster Bay Prep, and they become roommates for their junior year. All is well until Nicole develops feelings for Lana's boyfriend Chace. Fast forward a year and Nicole is an outcast, a girl with a scar who doesn't want to admit how she got it, and is a complete nobody. Until Chace is found dead after a party, and in his pocket is a picture of Nicole and him on their one date months ago. Now, Nicole is a suspect and everyone at school has an opinion on "The Girl in the Picture."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A really quick-read mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I love books like this where we get told the story from 2 characters viewpoints and that also flick between past and present until the full story is told. I didn't see the killer reveal coming at all and considering I read a lot of these murder mysteries and usually suspect everybody that was a really pleasant surprise. A really quick-read mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I love books like this where we get told the story from 2 characters viewpoints and that also flick between past and present until the full story is told. I didn't see the killer reveal coming at all and considering I read a lot of these murder mysteries and usually suspect everybody that was a really pleasant surprise.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie❤Books

    ☆☆☆☆ 4 Srars ☆☆☆☆ I try to avoid high school drama stories but this one turned out pretty good. Boy meets two girls, boys falls for two gurls, secrets wreck more than the boys life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    WHAT A RIDE! Oh my goodness, what a ride. The Girl in the Picture is unlike anything I've ever read. It is brilliant, poignant, thrilling, and heartbreaking all at the same time. This book takes off right from the first page, and it never lets you go. You get sucked into the grief, the suspicion, the confusion, and the fear. The Girl in the Picture is intoxicating and thought provoking - and I am so grateful I was able to review a copy. The Girl in the Picture follows Nicole and Lana, two girls w WHAT A RIDE! Oh my goodness, what a ride. The Girl in the Picture is unlike anything I've ever read. It is brilliant, poignant, thrilling, and heartbreaking all at the same time. This book takes off right from the first page, and it never lets you go. You get sucked into the grief, the suspicion, the confusion, and the fear. The Girl in the Picture is intoxicating and thought provoking - and I am so grateful I was able to review a copy. The Girl in the Picture follows Nicole and Lana, two girls who are very close to a boy who was found murdered. Lana was his Girlfriend. Nicole the girl he loved and was trying to be with. Then things go horribly wrong, and when a photo surfaces picturing Nicole and Chace together - that's when the heads turn and the fingers point. I felt for these characters, mostly Nicole, to be honest. I could relate with Nicole. She's a shy introvert that finds comfort in playing music. She doesn't like parties, but she tries so hard to be kind and make friends - even at the cost of her own wants and desires. Nicole was sweet, caring, thoughtful, and quiet in all the way's Lana wasn't. Lana set her sights on Chace right from the get-go. She pounced on him his first day at school and she wouldn't let up, even when Chace was trying to pull an opposite direction. There was a very interesting dynamic between all the characters. Not only was Nicole with Chace in all the ways Lana couldn't, she was also Lana's roommate (of course Lana bitched about it). I'm not sure if we were supposed to like Lana, because, personally, she drove me nuts. The things she did and the things she let happen are unforgivable, in my eyes. Yet, though I have an immense dislike for her, I did also sympathize. She did just lose her boyfriend, however undeserving she may be of my sympathy. Reading The Girl in the Picture is tense. It's a nail-bitter, cling to the edge of your seat, who dun it sort of read. It was fabulous. I knew right off the bat that what everyone was saying was a lie, it's obvious - and for a good reason. The real beauty of the story here, though, is that I never even suspected the actual culprit. But, when it was revealed, everything suddenly made sense. That's pretty damn close to magic in my eyes. Honestly, the little threads of information, the delicate details weaved throughout - it's astounding. If you are a fan of mysteries, I highly recommend this book. The Girl in the Picture is an addictive, heart-breaking tale of physiological mystery. It is an in-depth thrill ride that will leave your heart pounding and your head spinning. Filled with complex characters, vivid settings, and a slow burn romance that will leave you breathless, The Girl in the Picture is a dark masterpiece of a book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    lucie

    “Whenever I’m alone with you, You make me feel like I am home again. Whenever I’m alone with you, You make me feel like I am whole again.“ I didn’t read a lot of books in crime/mystery thriller genre but after The Girl in the Picture I probably will. At the beginning I struggled with main characters - Chase, Nicole and Lane, who I didn’t like much. But after a while I didn’t concentrate on them but on the story and that helped. I am surprised how much I liked it actually. I had a few the “Whenever I’m alone with you, You make me feel like I am home again. Whenever I’m alone with you, You make me feel like I am whole again.“ I didn’t read a lot of books in crime/mystery thriller genre but after The Girl in the Picture I probably will. At the beginning I struggled with main characters - Chase, Nicole and Lane, who I didn’t like much. But after a while I didn’t concentrate on them but on the story and that helped. I am surprised how much I liked it actually. I had a few theories who killed Chase and I can say that I am really bad at guessing. (view spoiler)[First I thought that was his roomate Ryan who was jealous of Chase and Nicole’s relationship. Then I suspected Nicole because of her hallucinations. I thought she was mentally sick and she didn‘t remember to kill him. I even thought that Chase himself had something to do with his dead. And at the end I was so confused that I suspected everyone – even Headmaster Higgins, haha. Although I never suspected Lana, weird. (hide spoiler)] The main reason why I don’t rate this book higher is the thing with ghost . I get that after such a tragic event some people can see ghosts of dead people but telling or leading them to the killer? Nope, paranormal really didn’t work for me in this case and probably never will. For me is The Girl in the Picture a better 3-star book. I liked more POV’s here, flashbacks into the past and that Nicole or Lana didn’t investigate the murder alone. It’s an easy read and well written YA book. I can imagine that I would it all in one sitting. P.S. Prologue was such a cliché but still made me cry. *** I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Please note that this review contains spoilers. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book due to my job at an independent bookstore. While it was a quick read, I am afraid this particular book didn't do it for me. It had great potential, and fell short of expectations. I suppose my main disappointment with the storyline is that is centered so totally on Chace Porter, the love interest between the two girls, and not on the friendship between Lana and Nicole. It seemed very sudden--one day Please note that this review contains spoilers. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book due to my job at an independent bookstore. While it was a quick read, I am afraid this particular book didn't do it for me. It had great potential, and fell short of expectations. I suppose my main disappointment with the storyline is that is centered so totally on Chace Porter, the love interest between the two girls, and not on the friendship between Lana and Nicole. It seemed very sudden--one day Lana simply decides to be Nicole's friend after a kind gesture, and despite their differences, they are suddenly besties. The two have an interesting dynamic, both in personality and social background, but it is not fully explored. The character of Chace Porter is elevated from run-of-the-mill high school Prince Charming trope by his past brush with the law, in which he hit a boy with his car and his political parents arranged for someone else to take the fall, and his complicated feelings centering on his mistake. The political parents of both Chace and Lana also create an interesting avenue that is touched upon. I suppose the main reason this story fell short for me was that it simply felt incomplete. I didn't see enough of a relationship between Nicole and Lana, I didn't see enough of a relationship between the political parents and their teenagers. However, the voices of both Nicole and Lana--who narrate the story in alternating chapters--are incredibly realistic in their pain and their teenager-ness. Oyster Bay Prep does come alive with the complications of high school, a feeling that most adult writers, in my opinion, struggle to nail. This is a quick, beach type read, best for ages 12-16.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Joint

    I really wanted an easy but engrossing, dramatic, and well written read and I found it. This story would probably be best for young adults or anyone looking for the same thing I was. It's really hard to put down and despite the multiple perspectives, it's not hard to follow like some books with different points of view are. The ups and downs of teenage love and friendship may seem overdramatic but let's face it... they are in real life too. I really didn't see the conclusion coming, well done! Oh I really wanted an easy but engrossing, dramatic, and well written read and I found it. This story would probably be best for young adults or anyone looking for the same thing I was. It's really hard to put down and despite the multiple perspectives, it's not hard to follow like some books with different points of view are. The ups and downs of teenage love and friendship may seem overdramatic but let's face it... they are in real life too. I really didn't see the conclusion coming, well done! Oh, the lives of teenagers at boarding school. Nicole is the shy but sweet and genuine violinist. Chace is the stunningly handsome star athlete with a powerful father . Lana is the beautiful daughter of politicians who rightfully admits she's "not the nicest person in the world". The story goes back and forth from the past to the present. In the past, Lana and Nicole have become friends thanks to their roommate arrangement and Nicole's selflessness, Chace is dating Lana but seems to have a connection with Nicole, and most of their lives is fairly standard high school drama. In the present, Nicole and Lana do not speak and Chace is dead. What happened that night that left him with fatal stab wounds? And why was he found with intimate pictures of him and Nicole, when the whole school knows he and Lana were the perfect couple? I received an ARC from Net Galley and Random House in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

  20. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    I received a complimentary copy of THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. GRADE: A- Chace Porter, son of a powerful senator, is found stabbed on the grounds of his boarding school. The suspects: his girlfriend Lana, daughter of a congresswoman and the girl he loved, scholarship student Nicole. Nicole is THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE found of Chace's body. Alexandra Monit's mystery had me hooked from page one and kept me guessing until the end. Chace, Lana and Nicole were I received a complimentary copy of THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. GRADE: A- Chace Porter, son of a powerful senator, is found stabbed on the grounds of his boarding school. The suspects: his girlfriend Lana, daughter of a congresswoman and the girl he loved, scholarship student Nicole. Nicole is THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE found of Chace's body. Alexandra Monit's mystery had me hooked from page one and kept me guessing until the end. Chace, Lana and Nicole were interesting characters with both positive and negative characteristics. I wish we had a bit more insight into their emotions, particularly Lana given the crushing pressures from her mother. I enjoyed Monit's writing and appreciated that she didn't fall into the trap of making Nicole the sympathetic character and Lana the alpha mean girl. The only part I didn't like was that the brief detour into the paranormal felt unnecessary and distracted from an otherwise nearly spotless plot. I recommend THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE for all readers, especially those interested in mysteries, realistic or contemporary fiction, boarding school dramas.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Brian Cover Story: OMG, Becky! Drinking Buddy: Did You Spit in My Drink? Testosterone Estrogen Level: Creative Omission Talky Talk: Mr. Green, in the Study, With the Wrench Bonus Factor: Fancy Pants Private School Bromance Status: Yearbook Memory Read the full book report here. Graded By: Brian Cover Story: OMG, Becky! Drinking Buddy: Did You Spit in My Drink? Testosterone Estrogen Level: Creative Omission Talky Talk: Mr. Green, in the Study, With the Wrench Bonus Factor: Fancy Pants Private School Bromance Status: Yearbook Memory Read the full book report here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    What can I say, but unfortunately this one I'm DNF , when I read the book symptoms I thought that I would enjoy it but unfortunately what I read I just wasn't in to it, for some reason it just didn't pull me in to the story, maybe at a later date ,but right now it's just not what I'm looking for, I don't know if it's the story its or if it how it's written.With that said I would like to say thinks to NetGalley for for giving me a chance at read The Girl in The Photo in change for my honest opini What can I say, but unfortunately this one I'm DNF , when I read the book symptoms I thought that I would enjoy it but unfortunately what I read I just wasn't in to it, for some reason it just didn't pull me in to the story, maybe at a later date ,but right now it's just not what I'm looking for, I don't know if it's the story its or if it how it's written.With that said I would like to say thinks to NetGalley for for giving me a chance at read The Girl in The Photo in change for my honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Drucilla

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Normally I like whenever (view spoiler)[supernatural (hide spoiler)] aspects are introduced into a book, but here, I thought it was too distracting and stuck out like a sore thumb. It also doesn't help that everything is tied up neatly and way too coincidentally for my liking. Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Normally I like whenever (view spoiler)[supernatural (hide spoiler)] aspects are introduced into a book, but here, I thought it was too distracting and stuck out like a sore thumb. It also doesn't help that everything is tied up neatly and way too coincidentally for my liking.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Marsden

    This had a lot of promise but it ultimately flopped. RTC! *arc provided by the publisher*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Wow! Who killed the star soccer player? Keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who the murderer is.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    “The Girl in The Picture” by Alexandra Monir is another murder mystery starring a shy college girl with a mysterious scar, the best friend, the popular girl, and the recently murdered golden boy. It takes place in a college campus of an elite school that only the best get into. They somehow are all tied together in this recent murder and each are rushing to figure out who did it before one of them is accused. Right off the bat this book throws a bunch on your plate and leaves you with many quest “The Girl in The Picture” by Alexandra Monir is another murder mystery starring a shy college girl with a mysterious scar, the best friend, the popular girl, and the recently murdered golden boy. It takes place in a college campus of an elite school that only the best get into. They somehow are all tied together in this recent murder and each are rushing to figure out who did it before one of them is accused. Right off the bat this book throws a bunch on your plate and leaves you with many questions to make you want to keep reading. This is the ultimate mystery with a mind-boggling plot twist at the end. I give this book a 3 out of 5. Not because of the book, but because it was not really my favorite. I really liked it, however I liked my previous murder mystery more. This book will make you wonder, who can you trust and who is truly on your side? I gave this book 3 stars because it wasn’t my favorite and very unrelatable to me. I couldn’t really connect to it, but it was certainly a page-turner. This book is very cliche, a little too much for me, however it kept me turning the pages and I did like it a lot. It is the perfect book for any YA readers. One thing that made this book really interesting was that it was told in two different perspectives, Nicole Morgan (the girl with the scar), and Lana Rivera (the popular girl). The perspectives are from before Chace Porter (the golden boy) was murdered and after, slowly piecing together the truth of what happened. That is very interesting to me because you can see each of their perspectives and how they each piece together clues of the night Chace was murdered. To add emphasis Alexandra Monir uses figurative language. Nicole looks at her scar in the mirror and describes it as, “running down my cheek like a frozen teardrop” (Monir 3). In this example Nicole compares her scar to a frozen teardrop, which adds a lot of emphasis to it and helps you picture it. It also makes you wonder what accident could’ve left such an awful scar. When Nicole is remembering her accident she says, “the earth scratching at my face” (Monir 4). Alexandra uses personification to emphasize how bad Nicole’s accident was by saying the Earth scratched at her face, which is only something humans could do. The figurative language in this book really helps it along and makes it much better. In conclusion, I really liked “The Girl in The Picture” by Alexandra Monir, even though it was not my favorite. It is yet another cliche murder mystery and has all the elements to make you want to keep reading. I believe that Alexandra Monir is a great writer and I hope to read more of hers, this book was just not my favorite. I very much recommend it for YA readers who are into mysteries and solving crimes as I am. When I started this book I had many questions as to what happened, It kept me interested and it certainly hooked me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I first read Alexandra Monir's Timeless and was hooked on her writing style. It's simplistic but very effective. She writes first person but is one of the rare authors that can actually do it right. This book is a very addictive mystery and I didn't want to put it down when I picked it up, hence the reason I finished it in one day. According to the Bulletin: This is a classic "whodunit" murder mystery. It is set at a very prestigious boarding school. After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead i I first read Alexandra Monir's Timeless and was hooked on her writing style. It's simplistic but very effective. She writes first person but is one of the rare authors that can actually do it right. This book is a very addictive mystery and I didn't want to put it down when I picked it up, hence the reason I finished it in one day. According to the Bulletin: This is a classic "whodunit" murder mystery. It is set at a very prestigious boarding school. After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him-and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend. Nicole is that girl, and now she's the primary suspect in his murder. What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana's back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him? In alternating points of view-that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera-and weaving between present-day, flashbacks, and the characters' surreal subconscious, The Girl in the Picture is a unique tale of teen friendship, romance, and deadly secrets.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I enjoyed reading this book especially because I had to keep guessing what would happen. In the end, I obviously wasn't right and the no one probably could've told that it was going to be this person. I also liked how the author made the characters and how everything just came together. There are a few questions that I have like Why didn't Nicole just blame Lana for her scar when she got it (I know it doesn't make any sense) but overall, the book was pretty good. I enjoyed reading this book especially because I had to keep guessing what would happen. In the end, I obviously wasn't right and the no one probably could've told that it was going to be this person. I also liked how the author made the characters and how everything just came together. There are a few questions that I have like Why didn't Nicole just blame Lana for her scar when she got it (I know it doesn't make any sense) but overall, the book was pretty good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacia | stacialovestoread

    Meh. This book had a lot of promise with the concept of the love triangle gone deadly....but then the murderer is revealed and until they confessed their reasoning for killing Chace....I didn’t understand why they had done it! I’d guessed who it was about 50 pages before the end and I literally said out loud “but why though?”. The way that the author used time (past and present) to tel the story and develop the characters was quite nice, and added to the mystery of it all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    This was an amazing book. It really portrayed a great life lesson that I think everyone could learn from. I recommend this book for ages 13 and up. I can’t wait to read and see all the other great reviews of this book. One of my favorites yet!

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