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Children's and YA literature reviews.

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There’s a lot of love on the blogosphere for this title.  I’m not one for the darker YA, but after reading so much about it, I had to try it.  I borrowed my copy from my friend and co-worker Gina (Thanks so much Gina!). Be sure to read her interview with Hush Hush author Becca Fitzpatrick.
Nora Grey isn’t looking for danger. But then she’s assigned the mysterious Patch as a Biology partner. And that’s where all the trouble starts.  He’s everywhere she goes, and she can feel his presence even when she’s alone. When she finally learns his secrets, she has to decide how much she trusts him, and herself.
I went through a gamut of emotions while reading Hush Hush.  Sometimes I viewed it with mild amusement, such as the scenes in Biology class where the coach/teacher seemed to be straight out of  Mean Girls.  Patch received the bulk of my emotions.  I know some bloggers have christened him the new Edward from the ubiquitous Twilight, but he struck me more as Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The same broody handsome boy, nearly bordering on stalking, but also unlikely savior. He’s a great character, more than a stereotypical “bad boy.”
Hush Hush’s greatest appeal for adult and teen readers alike, is the foreboding style always present in Fitzpatrick’s writing, with hints of the gothic.  I loved her descriptions of architecture, and it seemed that within even the mild scenes, something dark simmered under the surface:

“Rain battered the colorful awnings of the shops along the pier and spilled to the sidewalk below. The antique gas lamps that were staggered down both sides of the street glowed to life. With our umbrellas bumping together, Vee and I hustled down the sidewalk and under the pink-and-white-striped awning of Victoria’s Secret. We shook out our umbrellas in unison and propped them just outside the entrance. A boom of thunder sent us flying through the doors. ”  – Hush Hush (ARC, pg. 133, Becca Fitzpatrick)

Becca’s rich descriptions of  Oregon locales and their inhabitants come alive. Even bag ladies and waitresses act, not react.  Nobody is a mouthpiece of exposition – my number one pet peeve in literature.
The only aspect of Hush Hush I didn’t like was the character Vee. Her actions and demeanor throughout the book annoyed me.  This too is a testament to Becca Fitzpatrick’s writing, if a character inspires any extreme emotion for a reader, this says to me the author has done her job.
The ending in the ARC I read is reportedly different from the hardback October release, but I hope the climax of the action remains the same.  It was gripping, well-paced, and kept me on edge, as did the rest of Hush Hush.
I don’t often comment on covers, but this one is haunting. It grabs your attention, begging to be read, and rightly so.
Hush Hush is the first of a series.  The 2nd is entitled Crescendo.
Title: Hush Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 400
Format: Hardback
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