This was not my favourite book.
I’m just going to say it right away so I can move on to the why and there will not be any ambiguity.
I kept getting confused by things that were happening there was a lot of movement on each page, though much of it was description, not action.
Girl meets seemingly older, mysterious, attractive, slightly hostile guy in a high school biology class. Sounding at all familiar?
What about this, our heroine Nora willingly ignores extremely violent behaviour.
In the end violent behaviour is justified by alcohol, but there is never really a discussion as to why that is, oh wait- no justification at all.
Nora doesn’t ask the questions which would make sense to ask if you had repeated Final Destination style near-death experiences, instead being fixated on… the boy.
Again in the similar-to-a-certain-other-series vein, our self-sacrificing heroine opts to kill herself in order to achieve a happy ending.
Now, I’m not denying that there is a certain poetic nobility in laying down your life to save the life of someone else, however I draw the line at teen suicide for a supernatural (and immortal) being.
It is a trop that not even Shakespeare on his most lovelorn conference between Hamlet, Romeo, and Tristan tragic theme would try, and goodness knows- that man somehow made just about everything work.
Hush, Hush Series Book #1 Followed By: Crescendo
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Simon & Schuster Books, 2009 416 pages ISBN: 9781416989424
Suggested Reading Level: Grade 8-9
Fitzpatrick, B. (2009). hush, hush. New York: Simon & Schuster.