Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (review by Elisabeth S. ’16)

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Hush, Hush may have the dubious honor of being one of the worst books I’ve ever read. While chock-full of mixed metaphors, corny fight scenes, unintelligent dialogue, purple prose, and pointless descriptions, the novel also embodies YA rape culture. The relationship between Nora, the main character, and her love interest, Patch, is built off of her being terrified of him, while he dreams about killing her. Nora is noticeably uncomfortable as he continues to pursue her, harassing her in the middle of biology class as those around her pay no heed to her complaints. A heroine in any genre should not have to be terrified that her love interest is going to rape her. The rest of the personalities are two-dimensional stock-characters at best and disastrous at worst. Marcie Millar is made out to be the classic “mean girl,” even though she is demonized for flirting rather than actually being mean. The plot is flat and uninteresting. I would not recommend anyone approach Hush, Hush with a ten-foot pole. – Elisabeth S. ‘16

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