Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

On its own, a great book. 

Read at any other time, I would have been gushing over Hush, Hush.  Unfortunately, I read it in the same week I read Fallen by Lauren Kate, and the two were so similar they blurred together. 

I was so excited to read Hush, Hush by Tenner Becca Fitzpatrick, I nearly grabbed it out of our babysitter's hands when she brought it over to read after the boys went to bed.   A copy finally became available at the library, and I devoured it practically in one sitting.

Here is my version of the synopsis, even though I have issues with it - as outlined in my post What's a Book Lover To Do?  Hot immortal guy - Patch - meets generally plain girl - Nora Grey.  They fall in love, but his secret immortal status makes things very complicated.  We spend at least a hundred pages trying to figure out exactly what he is, until Nora enters a few words into Google and, bingo, she figures it all out.  Then we spend the next hundred pages trying to figure out if we can trust him.   Someone is trying to kill Nora, and her best friend thinks Patch is dangerous, so Nora must decide if she should follow her head or her heart.

The mom in me wanted to scream at Nora's bad judgement.  Someone is stalking her, possibly trying to kill her, ransacks her room and she's are still all swoony with the guy who can manipulate her thoughts and actions?!?  What?!?  I'm not sure I like this girl who makes such risky choices, especially since she is the only person her mom has left after her father was killed.  I know this isn't a new issue with YA fiction, but I get that it is fiction.  I'm not starting a debate.  It's my problem.  I'll deal with it and move on. 

A word on Patch.  I know I'm not the only one with issues on the name "Patch" and we all have our theories.  I need to know where Becca Fitzpatrick came up with this name!  It's distractingly bad.  Was this an homage to the Days of Our Lives character from 1980s?  Are you old enough to remember him?  He was the guy who was married to Kayla Brady...and wore an eye patch, imagine that.  Something tells me that not even the author is old enough to remember Patch and Kayla.  Moving on.

Speaking of names, I am also wondering about the name of the novel itself.  I'm not sure where "Hush, Hush" falls into the storyline.  Did I miss it?  Can someone enlighten me?

I am thrilled that I finally read a YA book that wasn't set up to be a part of a series.  There is something greatly satisfying about coming to the end of a book and having it all wrapped up with a nice little bow.   Oh, nevermind.  Crescendo, the sequel to Hush, Hush is due out in November 16, 2010.  At least now we know who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, so I don't have to go around wondering what kind of girl Nora Gray is that she invites dangerous mysterious men into her life.  Now that she knows who to trust, she can keep herself out of trouble (SURE she can!).

Becca Fitzpatrick can write, that I can not deny.  She had my attention and kept it while I flew through the book in just over a day.  I was engaged, I was entertained, and even though the story wasn't anything new to me, Hush Hush was suspenseful and exciting.  It works. 

If you enjoy Young Adult paranormal fiction, you can't get much better than Hush, Hush.  It really was a great book on its own, without comparing it to anything else. 

That being said, I need to take a break from the genre for a while, as per orders from my book blogger friends. 



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5 comments:

S. Krishna said...

I've been hesitating at reading this one because I disliked Fallen by Lauren Kate so much. I have it, so I'll read it eventually though. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Catherine Gustavsen said...

I loved Kayla and Patch. He always gave her yellow roses.

Alison said...

S. Krishna - If you have it, you should read it. I like this genre, but as I said in my other post, its so saturated right now, I would jump out of my seat if something truly original came along.

Catherine - I remember that!! Thanks, Mom, for making me watch 80s soaps. (Santa Barbara anyone? Kelly Capwell = Jenny in Forest Gump!)

Elizabeth said...

I just finished reading the book and its kind of confusing I dont really get who the character Patch is I would have liked to know more about him but maybe in the next book.

Jennifer G. said...

I got so wrapped up in how much I disliked the way Patch treated Nora, that I forgot to mention his terrible name and the title. What was going on with those?!?!

Great review!

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