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?
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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