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Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

January 21, 2010

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing October 13, 2009

Through a twist of fate — and a change in the seating chart — Nora Grey is paired with Patch Cipriano in her high school biology class. He is a new student, and no one seems to know anything about him. Against her better judgment, Nora is intensely attracted to Patch. But unexplainable, frightening things keep happening to her, and in ways she can’t understand, Patch seems to be connected. With her best friend Vee, Nora also meets Jules and Elliott, two boys from a prep school. Although Vee is drawn to them, Nora thinks Elliott might be hiding a dark past. Who can she trust? Can she get to the bottom of the bizarre, terrifying events that are unfolding before harm comes to her — or to someone she loves?

This addition to the thriving teen-romance-with-paranormal-creatures-genre offers something different: fallen angels. It draws inspiration from scriptures referring to angels being cast down from heaven. In the world Becca Fitzpatrick created, one of these creatures can either possess a human body or seek salvation through becoming a human’s guardian angel.

I need to say up front that I am not reviewing the final draft of Hush, Hush. I read the advance review copy, and I understand the final version of the novel has a different ending.

I want to offer a second disclaimer. I am probably not the ideal audience for this novel. My 15-year-old daughter and I are part of a minority known as Chicks Who Don’t Like Twilight. We spent two-thirds of that book waiting for something to happen, aside from Bella and Edward giving each other smoldering looks. And wondering why a smart girl would fall for a guy who would be seriously freaking creepy even if he didn’t happen to be a blood-sucking creature of the night. Ack! By the end, we were ready for Buffy to stake Edward, ending his undead existence, and be done with it.

Hush, Hush is somewhat similar to Twilight, however it is much shorter, and in my opinion, the plot is more skillfully crafted. Becca Fitzpatrick’s novel flows like a good mystery as Nora tries to unravel the secrets behind Patch’s and Elliott’s appearance at school. I admired the author’s writing style, and the pacing of the plot was terrific.

However I didn’t feel engaged with any of the characters. I connected with Nora a little bit, and I related to her awakening attraction for her first love as well as her curiosity and fear. However, the other characters were not developed fully enough to hold my interest. More importantly, I didn’t find her attraction to Patch believable. I realize he was painted as being a gorgeous young man, and there is something unquantifiable about the chemistry between two people. But I just found Patch extremely obnoxious — he didn’t seem credible to me as a love interest, let alone as an epic character. Since these characters and the passion between Nora and Patch were the fabric of the story, this made the novel fall flat.

Though the story didn’t work for me, it has many fans, and Becca Fitzpatrick is definitely a gifted and imaginative writer.  I am look forward to seeing what she creates in the future. And I recommend that you check out other reviews, including reviews of the finished copy, before deciding whether this is a book you might enjoy.

Where I Got This Book: I won an ARC from Lost in Books — thanks, Rebecca!

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