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21 February 2011

Hush, Hush

I was cruising through Ollie's Bargain Outlet back in January, looking for some good deals on books, when I came across Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.  I had never heard of the book, but I saw on the cover that it was a New York Times best seller, so I thought I'd pick it up.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

My thoughts:
I thought it would be just the typical HS romantical drama that is so prevalent in YA books these days (especially those between a mortal and a magical being).  You know---boy meets girl, boy is mean to girl, girl falls in love with boy but doesn't know why, boy confesses that he was mean to girl because he actually loves her so much.  It was to some extent, but it was more like boy meets girl, girl wants nothing to do with boy, boy shows interest in girl, girl doesn't know how to deal with interest from boy as she has never had to deal with male interest before, girl gets angry at self for liking interest and slowly comes around.  I felt like that scenario was a little more realistic than the other. 

The ending was interesting, with a nice little twist, and it does lend itself to a sequel (which I just picked up from the library).  It didn't end abruptly, Fitzpatrick did take the time to explain things, but I felt like the buildup to the conclusion took too long.

All in all, I'd say a 3 1/2 to 4 out of 5.  It wasn't my favorite book, but it certainly was one of the better YA paranormal romance that I've read.  

I wouldn't have this in my classroom, mainly because I teach 3-5 graders, and the subject matter is more mature.  If I was teaching high school, I wouldn't have a problem having it in my classroom library.


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