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As you may remember I did a little quiet sort of piece a while ago called Why I Hate Twilight…? Anyway, not wishing to stir up the same old arguments, I am going to refer back to it only briefly in this review since there are a number of similarities between hush hush and Twilight… and then there are some fabulous differences. However, this is not a total compare and contrast piece, just a “see how well it could have been done” one.
This is a teen novel about an ordinary girl with a beaten up old car, living with her single parent in a small town America where it there’s constant bad weather who is intrigued by an alluring, gorgeous, mysterious boy after she’s forced to sit next to him in biology class ~ okay… guess the book? So hush hush and Twilight share a few plot points, but those few little details are where the similarities end. The main reason I hated Twilight is nowhere to be found in hush hush; the main character of Nora Grey is no Bella Swan!
Nora Grey is forced to sit next to the new boy, known only as Patch, in biology class and they’re instructed to find out as much as they can about each other. Brooding, sexy, mysterious Patch seems to know a lot about Nora, but refuses to give anything away about himself. Encouraged by her hilarious friend Vee, Nora tries to find out Patch’s secret and discovers a lot more than she bargained for.
hush hush is wonderfully written, I fell deeply under its spell the moment I started reading. I read it in less than 24 hours and anyone who knows the time-pressed, hectic lifestyle I lead will know how difficult it is for me to find 5 minutes to respond to an email never mind sit down to read an entire book! The pages sizzle with bad-boy attraction and will-they-won’t-they scenes. Patch is the epitome of a dangerous, attractive hero and I did find myself wondering at *ahem* years old whether it was right for me to be mentally egging Nora on. But Nora needed no advice from me, she is a strong-willed, capable, feisty girl who was every bit Patch’s equal. Yay, girl-power is back! There’s a bit of stalkerish behaviour by Patch but Nora deals with him pretty well and is normally spooked by it all, as would be expected. And Nora does lie a fair bit to cover her tracks but nothing more than I did when I was seventeen and there are enough repercussions when she does do dangerous things to see her pay the price. And the best bit about it all is that although she’s a fair bit out of control over this gorgeous boy, she really is very much in charge of her own destiny and she can give as good as she gets. I really loved Vee, Nora’s best-friend who was given some of the best lines in the book and made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. The interaction between the two girls was brilliantly described.
hush hush is an outstanding debut novel; beautifully written, compelling and full of taught emotion. The characters are identifiably real despite the paranormal aspect but without doubt the most outstanding quality for me is that Nora Grey is a force to be reckoned with and proves just as powerful, if not more so than the boys.
I’m not going to give away much of the plot here, because the book isn’t out until the end of October and I don’t want to put in any inadvertent spoilers. If you want to know more then visit Becca Fitzpatrick’s website where there’s a link to the first two chapters and you can see a trailer here…
hush hush is released in the UK on the 29th October and in the US on October 13th.