Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: Young Adult

Hardcover: 391 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-1-4169-8941-7

My Rating: 5/5

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 judgement.
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 then 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 then anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between immortal and those who have fallen-and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

If you haven't read 'Hush, Hush' by Becca Fitzpatrick yet, I highly suggest you do! It's miraculous on so many levels! I love it! I have a lot of love for books, and if your a follower of my blog you probably know that. But I really loved this book. I got right into, right away. The intense parts of Hush, Hush start early on, which is great! This book is outstanding! I couldn't stop reading. I took it EVERYWHERE with me! I would read a few pages and then work on my blog for a minute, or do something else. It's my way of compromising with myself and not just reading constantly. But I was torn having to put this book down! It was very hard for me to just set it down and walk away.

Hush, Hush is told through Nora Grey. In the very beginning of the book we meet Vee, which is Nora's best friend. And, if you've ever had that really close, sister type friendship with someone, you'll be able to relate to Vee and Nora even more. They are very, very close! But, during their Biology class together their teacher splits everyone up and seats them with someone new. Lucky Nora got stuck beside a cocky, condescending jerk who we will later learn to love as Patch. Nora is a long legged, brown haired, beautiful girl-as she so elegantly describes herself. So it's not surprising to see a couple different guys interested in her. Elliot is the second guy interested in Nora that we meet. He totally comes across as one of those preppy school kids that I always want to smack! Even though Elliot is very attractive with rich friends and the whole shebang, Nora is still attracted to her Bio partner, Patch.

One of my favorite Biology class scenes in Hush, Hush was when they were talking about attraction to the opposite sex in chapter 3. More specifically, how Patch knows that a girl is interested in him:

"Does she bite her lip and play with her hair, the way Nora is doing right now?"
"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."

Nora intentionally tries to be mean to Patch and tries to push Elliot away. She wants absolutely nothing to do with Patch but is still drawn to him, so she can't help it. I think that's why she comes across as being rude sometimes. It's funny what a crush (or even love) will make you do. Even when it's things that go completely against your better judgement.
As of late, I was exhibiting a lot of uncharacteristic behavior. First, I'd followed Patch to a disreputable arcade late at night. Now I was on the verge of snooping in his student file. What was the matter with me?

I almost instantly connected with the characters. It usually takes me a while before I'm smiling at things and laughing at others but that wasn't the case with Hush, Hush. I was smiling at stuff and getting giddy like 40 pages in! Hush, Hush is very exhilarating, sexy and mysterious. It'll get your heart racing and put you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end!

Patch is a bad boy, plain and simple. And, like most bad boys, Patch knows what to say, and when to say it and he pulls it on Nora on a daily basis. I think it's like a genetic trait for women to be attracted to the "bad boy" type and Nora sums it up perfectly:
When I was little, Dorothea's godson Lionel shattered one of the kitchen glasses. He swept up all the shards of glass except one, and he dared me to like it. I imagined falling for Patch was a little like licking that shard. I knew it was stupid. I knew I'd get cut. After all these years one thing hadn't changed: I was still lured by danger.

Through the book, Nora is trying to discover who the man in the ski mask is that is following her around and terrorizing her. Through most of the book Nora thinks that it's Patch, even given Elliot's terrifying past. I never thought it was Patch but then he started acting all creepy and weird when Nora and him were alone in the tunnel. He was silent at first, then being deceptive, and then chasing her around a car when she was obviously frightened. When he catches her, he says:
"We're all alone down here." Patch's boots were flush with the toed of my shoes. "A guy like me could take advantage of a girl like you. Better show me what you got."
It was just creepy and totally takes your mind in a different direction. He was being very elusive and acting funny through the whole tunnel scene.

I made a lot of speculations throughout the book about who the bad guy was and the ending. I do it with every book. But I never would have expected the twist at the end of Hush, Hush. All in all, it was amazing. I loved everything about it! I will be reading Crescendo which is the 2nd Hush, hush book.

What did you all think of Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick? I always love to get comments and please leave the links to your own reviews, or tell me if you have one, so I can read what you loved or didn't about it! Thanks guys! : )


  1. Great review !! I love this book !! =)

  2. Thank you! I love this book too! I didn't think I'd really like it at first but I loved it like right away. I think I'm a little apprehensive with most books at first but I end up loving like every book I ever read! lol.

  3. I was really excited for this book, but read a lot of mixed reviews -- I'm so glad to hear you loved it! Finally, a heroine who is actually beautiful instead of one who's all why-on-earth-would-this-beautiful-guy-like-plain-ol-me. Great review!