Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (5 stars)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 391pp
  • Sales Rank: 9,329
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Lexile: HL640Lwhat’s this?
Summary:
Nora Grey is a typical overachieving high school sophomore.  She acts extremely mature, knows all of the answers in her biology class, works on her high school eZine, and hangs out with her best friend Vee.  She has no interest in boys because she has a plan for success.  It also helps that she is very judgmental and independent, so she has no need for silly romance.  Everything was going along with her plan until coach decides to move their seats in Biology class.  Now she is partnered up with Patch, the annoying bad boy new kid that doesn’t seem to want to just get the assignment done.  She is supposed to get to know him for her assignment, but he seems to evade her questions and knows way too much about her.  As she starts to dig into Patch, she realizes she is intrigued by him but she does not trust him.  Then dangerous things start happening.  Someone is attacking her.  People that end up borrowing her clothes end up in the hospital or dead.  She doesn’t know where to turn.  Is Patch her savior or someone who wants to kill her?  Is the newest boy at school a friend or foe?  The deeper she goes into investigating Patch, the more odd things become.  Could he be a fallen angel?  Does he want her dead so that he can be human, or is something else going on?
My review:
I have to cut my summary off there because I loved this book and I just want to tell you about all of it.  I was trying so hard to make sure that I don’t give away anything that isn’t given away on the back cover, or easily figured out through the plot.  I was completely drawn into this story.  It was a great blend of trying to discover the supernatural aspects with also trying to figure out what is happening with Nora.  I must admit that I did figure out the ending about half way through the book, but I was still excited all the way through the end.
Nora is a great character.  She is reminiscent of a character in a Dessen novel.  This is a compliment from me because Dessen’s characters I always find so well-developed.  I think that Fitzpatrick did a great job of bringing out the positive and negative aspects of Nora.  She also seemed to weigh options well.  I felt like I understood her choices instead of just being told about them.  I like being able to feel like I’m with the character instead of the author telling me about them.  Fitzpatrick was able to put me there with her words.  I was definitely lost within the descriptions and felt as if I knew Nora.  Patch was also very intriguing.  I’d almost like to hear his side of the story.  She brings up some explanations of what it’s like to be a fallen angel and I want to know more.
I’m already jumping into Crescendo because I just can’t get enough.  Bravo Becca Fitzpatrick, I can’t wait to see what comes next!
5 out of 5 stars
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