Hush, Hush is written by Becca Fitzpatrick. It was published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster. It is the first book in a series. Fitzpatrick’s website can be found here.
Genre: Supernatural, Realistic (quick note here about my “Realistic” label. I tag books “Realistic” that take place in the natural world, as in, the world we live in. It has nothing to do with the material, just the setting), Young Adult
Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and , when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.”
“The blood vessels in Nora’s face are widening and her skin is warming,” Patch said. “She knows she’s being evaluated. She likes the attention, but she’s not sure how to handle it.”
“I am not blushing.”
“She’s nervous,” Patch said. ‘She’s stroking her arm to draw attention away from her face and down to her figure, or maybe her skin. Both are strong selling points.”
I nearly choked. He’s joking, I told myself. No, he’s insane. I had no experience dealing with lunatics, and it showed. I felt like I spent most of our time together staring at Patch, mouth agape. If I had any illusions about keeping up with him, I was going to have to figure out a new approach.
I placed my hands flat against the table, held my chin high, and tried to look as if I still possessed some dignity. ‘This is ridiculous.”
“Shut up,” she whispered. “Are you sure you didn’t tell Patch about shopping? Because on further reflection, I’m thinking the guy had Patch’s build. Tallish. Leanish. Strongish. Sexyish, aside from the attacking part.”
“Patch’s eyes aren’t charcoal, they’re black,” I pointed out, but I was uncomfortably aware that I had told Patch we were going shopping at the pier.
Recommended Age Range: 16+
What I Liked:
It was engaging, I guess, even though it was for the wrong reasons.
What I Didn’t Like:
I knew I wasn’t going to like this book the moment I read the summary, for two reasons: 1.) angels. I hate angel plots. It’s my least favorite supernatural element. 2.) bad boy love interest. I hate bad boy love interests. But I try not to avoid books just because I don’t like the summary, because I might end up liking them anyway (I’ve really enjoyed most of the supernatural books I’ve read). And those two things ended up being negligible in the list of reasons why I don’t like this book. I disliked the book almost from the moment I started reading it. Then, when I finished it, I read the summaries for the next three books to see if I would even be tempted to read them, and I decided that I would probably hate them even more than the first, since they sounded extremely cheesy and soap opera-y (amnesia? Really? Really?).
Instead of trying to list this all out in a calm, reasonable manner, I’m going to do things a little differently and list what I was feeling and thinking at the time as I was reading the book. So, more or less, here are the (non-spoilery) reactions I had:
–Nora, you are one of the most stupid, annoying protagonists I’ve ever read. Why do you keep undermining your own decisions? Why are you such a flake? Why can’t you be strong for once? Why would you do that? Do you have no street sense?
–Patch is the worst name ever. Also, Fitzpatrick is trying to make him sound like a mysterious, confident stranger, but he comes off sounding desperate, and like a creeper. Nora, you really should have reported him for sexual harassment.
–why the heck is the book called Hush, Hush? What does that have to do with angels in anyway? Is it because angels have to keep themselves secret, so they have to be hush, hush about it?
–*character description* Oh, he’s an angel. *character description* Yeah, she’s an angel. And she has this motivation and she’s going to end up doing this…yep. Uh-huh. Oh, I was wrong about him, but not really, because I was right about him. Yawn.
–Oh, so there’s a convenient rollercoaster named the Archangel with the convenient images! Convenient! Oh, and Nora’s conveniently related to the plot in some way other than a love interest? Convenient!
–Wait, if he got in trouble/lost his wings for wanting to be with a human, why is it that it’s fine to be with Nora? And why is it fine for him to get with Marcie in the next book? Did Fitzpatrick just retcon her own plot in the first book?
–These angels are so inaccurate. Like, super inaccurate. Like, annoyingly inaccurate. I can’t even take this book seriously, they’re so inaccurate.
Hush, Hush fails on so many levels, but it’s the same type of emotional, sensation-based love story that made Twilight so popular, which explains why so many people apparently love this book. I think I’m too old to fully appreciate its hidden/non-existent “wonders of awesomeness.”
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