Title: Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: September 27, 2009
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Cover Designer: Lucy Ruth Cummins
Age Audience: YA
Summary: 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.
Reading Hush, Hush was like watching a bad made-for-TV movie: you stick with it until it’s over, but the whole time you’re telling yourself, “Why am I wasting my time on this garbage?”
I really did not like Nora. She was naïve and unobservant. Every time she went on one of her “investigations”, she ended up making silly choices that drove me mad. And to think that she wanted to get into an Ivy League school!
Patch was just…ugh. I did not like him either. Not because he was snarky and cocky (that is actually normal behavior for a teenage guy), but because he was abusive. Nora states several times that he scares her despite her mysterious attraction to him (does this sound familiar?). Yet he stalks her, plays tricks on her mind, and is all-around abusive.
There were so many things wrong with this book. Why were they learning about reproduction in Biology? Discussing what they look for in a potential mate? Has Fitzpatrick ever been to school? They do not teach things like that. And even if they did, it would be taught in Health, not Biology. Why would Nora’s mother leave her home alone for days on end when Nora’s father had been murdered? An experience like that would normally make a parent even more protective. And Nora is a minor, so why wasn’t her mother ever informed of the several police visits?
The only reason this book is getting 1.5 stars instead of 1 is because the writing wasn’t atrocious. I mean, it wasn’t good, but at least Fitzpatrick can put a sentence together.
Unoriginal storyline, poorly developed characters, and too many Twilight similarities. Don’t make my mistake and buy this book before you read it.