Saturday, 6 March 2010

My Thoughts: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Over the summer Hush, Hush seemed to feature on a stack of book blogs but then everything seemed to go quiet. When this arrived through the post I wasn't sure if I was in the mood for YA fiction and it has taken me weeks to pick this up. But the gorgeous cover kept staring at me and I had to give it a go.
Nora Gray is a typical American high school student (for a book that is), she has just one parent who is rarely home and seems to have the run of a car, enough money to go for dinner and shopping all the time and a best friend to who she shares everything with (including clothes, despite one apparently being very curvy and the other very thin - yes this novel has a lot of holes in it!).
When she is suddenly assigned to her new lab partner Patch, the new boy in school who seems to know rather too much about her life, she is nervous and yet attracted to his mysterious side. Suddenly things in her life quickly change, she runs someone down, crashes from the top of a rollercoaster and has her house trashed, yet when she comes around each time every evidence of what has happened is completely wiped away. When another new guy, Elliot, arrives in school he soon develops a possessive crush on her and her best friend starts dating his sulky mate; Nora suddenly has two guys who may be the person causing her frights, or who may be the one to save her.
The story develops in a Twilight style, many unbelievable things happen, but school and family life carry on as normal. Like Twilight the pace is good and the slow revelation of what Patch really is mirrors Bella's reaction to Edward. But the attraction, the fear and the recognition of a teenage girls desire for the dangerous just doesn't quite feel right here.
The book was a good read if you're looking for a few hours of escapism, but don't look to hard into it as it needs a really good edit, and is lusting to recreate Meyer's following but clearly falling several feet short.

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