Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: YA fantasy, paranormal fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from Shelf Awareness
First line: Chauncey was with a farmer’s daughter on the grassy banks of the Loire River when the storm rolled in, and having let his gelding wander in the meadow, was left to his own two feet to carry him back to the chateau.
I recently read on one blog or another that fallen angels are the new vampires. It seems this could be the case, since while reading Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush, I received Fallen by Lauren Kate, which has a similar premise. Also, the YA world seems to be sticking to a formula that works: smart girl is attracted to dangerous boy, and then proceeds to do a lot of not-smart things.
In Hush, Hush, the smart girl is Nora Grey, a smart high school student living with her mom. The dangerous boy is Patch, her new biology partner. (Yes, biology partner – more on that later.) He seems to know things about her that he shouldn’t, but Nora can’t find out anything about him. He has no school records and turns all her questions around. Nora knows she should stay clear, but there’s just something about him…
In the meantime, her best friend, boy-crazy Vee, continually wants Nora to double-date with her and Elliot and Jules, two more mysterious boys who seem to have a dangerous past. When Nora becomes the victim of mysterious attacks, she has to figure out who’s after her – is it Elliot or Patch?
Now, I know that this plot line is very popular with teens lately. And yes, the story was engaging enough to keep me reading. But I had a few beefs with Hush, Hush.
First of all, there were many parallels to the storyline of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I know Meyer wasn’t the first author to write a smart girl falls for bad boy book, but there has to be a way to take a formula that works and make it original. (Case in point: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, which is a completely original take on the familiar theme.) But in some ways, Fitzpatrick has taken the Twilight formula and plugged in fallen angels for vampires. They were even paired up in biology, just like Bella and Edward.
The other thing that bothered me, and in hindsight bugs me about Twilight, is that you have an otherwise smart girl who lets all of her intelligence fly out the window because of a boy. Yes, I loved Twilight. But at the time that I read it, I hadn’t read a YA book (other than Harry Potter) since I fit the demographic. Now that I’ve immersed myself in the world of YA lit, I find that this formula has gotten repetitive. And maybe it’s because I’m a mom, but there were many times while reading Hush, Hush that I wanted to reach into the book and shake Nora for the foolish decisions she was making.
Having said all that, I still think that Hush, Hush will probably be a big hit with teen readers. There is something about teenage girls that relates to this storyline, and Fitzpatrick certainly knows how to write romantic tension.
I was talking about this book on Twitter with some other book bloggers, and we decided that it would be nice to see a smart guy falls for bad girl story for a change. 🙂
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