Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book is a good example of why I'm reluctant to read YA fiction. The underdevelopment of the characters, the crazy plot lines, it was all stuff-and-fluff.
The first thing that bothered me was how the characters focused so much on sex. Exploring sexual feelings and tension in a storyline doesn't usually bother me, except when you dwell on it for too long. I don't ever read books just for a sexual thrill. I am happy to say my life is much too fulfilling to need that. In this book, sexual tension seemed to be the ONLY reason the two main characters Nora and Patch had any interaction in the first half of the book. Shallow. And it got old and boring really fast. Nora couldn't make up her mind, even down to the last few chapters, of whether or not she wanted to be with Patch, and that was just annoying. It reminded me of Bill Cosby's classic comedic sketch of Adam and Eve - Eve teasing Adam saying, "C'm here, c'm here, c'm here.. oh gettaway, gettaway, gettaway!" and Adam following Eve around, knuckles dragging like a caveman, tongue lolling out of his mouth. That describes Nora and Patch's relationship to a T, and after the first few chapters, the pandering gets old. Move on.
The second thing that bothered me was how the various plot lines get resolved, or rather, tangled up at the end of the book. It's a mess, and makes no sense. Throughout the story, Nora is suspicious someone is following her and trying to harm her, but can't figure out who. She first discovers her flame Patch is really out to kill her. Just kidding, he doesn't really have the heart to do it. OK, so then it's school counselor-turned-dark angel who wants her dead. Oh, never mind, Patch tore out her wings. So then the REAL danger is mysterious Jules, who's relationship to the whole story is briefly and unconvincingly explained. He gets thrown into the final dramatic scene so Nora and Patch have SOME one to overcome and can say, "Hooray, we have overcome evil and can stay together." Each of these plot lines, if properly developed, may have done well in their own books, but this yarn gets so tangled up and messy, you just want to cut the string and move on.
Oh, and the title of the book - Hush, Hush - well, I have no clue how it relates to the story.
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