Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Book Review

Hush, Hush

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

Today I finished reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I have heard many good things about this book, so I decided to check it out for myself. All I have to say is if you like fallen angels, bad boys, the heroine being stalked by someone in a ski mask who is obviously out to hurt her, and plot twists that make you go "Whoa!" then I definitely recommend you to read it. One of my favorite aspects of the book is, of course, the attractive, witty, bad boy with a grin named Patch Cipriano. I fell in love instantly.

The main story begins with the protagonist, Nora Grey, and her best friend, Vee, walking into biology class. They know right away what the new discussion is over by Barbie and Ken dolls propped against the chalkboard--the dreaded chapter of human reproduction. A few pages in, and a few minutes into class when they have to switch seats, Patch is introduced.

Nora is a rateable heroine to me. She is a normal girl with dreams of going to big colleges and writes for her schools magazine. Caring about her grades, when Patch doesn't put forth his effort to help her with their biology assignment, she hunts him down no matter how much she told herself she wouldn't. (That makes for an interesting scene as well.)

As if dealing with Patch isn't enough, a few other guys by the names Elliot and Jules pop into the picture. Vee is very interested in Jules, so Nora is pushed to Elliot. But who will she choose? Could the person in the ski mask possibly be either Elliot or Patch?

You'll have to read "Hush, Hush" to find out.

-About the Author-
Becca Fitzpatrick wrote "Hush, Hush" when her husband enrolled her into some writing classes. One of the scenes in the book was a topic given by her writing teacher:  write about an embarrassing moment, fictional or real. She wrote about a time while she was in biology class when her teacher was asking her embarrassing questions about what she would like in a mate.

Becca began writing "Hush, Hush" in 2003, but it wasn't until 2008--five years later--that it was sold to publishers. She sent out nearly one hundred query letters to agents before finally landing her agent, Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management.

Here are some interesting sites you might like to check out for "Hush, Hush":
Hush, Hush the Graphic Novel sketches
Becca Fitzpatrick's website
Becca Fitzpatrick's blog

Also, here are some excerpts I love from the book. I hope you enjoy!

"You possess other people's...bodies."
He accepted that statement with a nod.
"Do you want to possess my body?
"I want to do a lot of things to your body, but that's not one of them."

"Hang on, did you just call me Angel?" I asked.
"If I did?"
"I don't like it."
He grinned. "It stays, Angel."

"We don't have an address," I said, "but we know where he works."
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Vee asked, eyes brightening briefly through the haze of chemical sedation.
"Based on past experience, I hope not."


  1. I am glad you finished Hush, Hush already. I see that you're now reading Crank? I hope you enjoy it too. I liked Hush Hush but I like Crescendo more. Are you going to read the sequel?

  2. I'm loving the book Crank! I started it last night and I'm over halfway done with it. It's amazing. I want to learn to write in verse like the author does.

    Oh yeah, I can't wait to read Crescendo. I've saw quotes from it, and it looks like a good book :)