By Becca Fitzpatrick
This was a difficult book for me to get into but I think that is my fault for reading Nightlight at the same time. I mean really, did I think that I could read a YA supernatural romance parody WHILE I was reading a YA supernatural romance and not have it ruin the storyline? Well let me give you some advice: don’t do it! Once I realized my mistake and put Nightlight aside, I was able enjoy Hush, Hush a bit more but I did still have some issues with the book.
Nora meets Patch and right away she is drawn to his sexy bad boy appeal but she knows he is bad so she tries to stay away. The problem is that no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep her distance and she finds him either appearing where she is or she hunts him down herself. A good portion of the story took place in Nora’s high school Biology class which was where she first talked to Patch. Nora immediate reaction was that he was dangerous but it bothered me that her actions didn’t reflect her feeling that way. It was like she would tell herself he was bad (to the point that she thought he was stalking her and may even want to kill her) but she kept going with him and listening to him. There was one particular scene where he ends up in her house making food with a very big knife and she is looking at the knife thinking that his plan was to kill her. I just didn’t feel the imminent danger that she felt she was in; maybe it was because moments earlier Nora was accepting a ride home from Patch. I don’t know about you but if I am scared enough of someone that the moment they pick up a knife I think “oh no, he is planning on stabbing me to death with that super big knife” that is not the person I would be accepting rides home from.
On the other hand, Hush, Hush did have some interesting moments. I especially enjoyed the vee and some of her randomness that had me cracking up…
’Who said anything about being ashamed?’ Vee said. ‘I’m not ashamed. Why would I be ashamed? The only other sixteen-year-olds with boobs as big as mine are suffused with silicone—and everyone knows it. Why would I have reason to be ashamed?’ She rummaged through a bin. ‘Think they have any bras in here that can get my babies to lie flat?’
‘They’re called sports bras, and they have a nasty side effect called the uniboob.’ I said, my eyes picking out a lacy black bra from the pile.
I’m curious to see where the story goes. Stay tuned for the review of Crescendo, the sequel of Hush, Hush.
**Source: Library copy