WIJFR: Hush, Hush

27 Sep

Hush, Hush
Becca Fitzpatrick
391 pages

I know, I know it’s been a long time since I touched my blog.  Work has been busy and Friday Mittens ran away.  We found her an hour later, thank God, under a pile of fallen tree limbs, but it was quite the ordeal and I avoided the Internet for a day or so after that.

But yesterday I got out of the house, got my haircut, and picked up a new book to read – Hush, Hush.  I don’t remember how I came across it and decided I wanted to read it, but the description sounded similar to Twilight, which I love, so I thought I would give it a try.  Ultimately I only loved it 50% as much as Twilight, and that was just the first half of the book I loved.  I felt like the second half got muddled down with who did what to whom.

In the first half, you have your main character sitting in Biology class.  Seats get moved around and she ends up sitting next to a boy who has a mysterious way about him; as a result she is both attracted to him and scared of him.  Sound familiar?  I was a little annoyed that it wasn’t a very original story line.  How many books for teenage girls start with a similar scene these days?  Lots.   Finally by the second half of the book, the similarities between Hush, Hush and Twilight slowed down.  We learn that Patch is a fallen angel, not a vampire, and there is some religion to that, which makes it different from Twilight.

Also, how dumb is the name Patch.  My brother had a stuffed dalmatian dog when he was a kid named Patch, after Patch from 101 Dalmatians.  It also makes me think of Patch Adams, the movie.  The name Patch does not invoke the image of a lusty, muscular young man.  Yet, that’s what he’s called.

Anyway, overall the book was pretty good, though I’m not running out to the bookstore to get the sequel when it comes out next month.  When I read Twilight, for example, I was at the bookstore the next day buying New Moon and again the next day buying Eclipse; then I had to wait several months for Breaking Dawn to come out.  With Hush, Hush though I don’t even know if I’ll read the second book.  It’s on my PaperBackSwap wish list, so I’ll wait three years for it come up for free I think. 

Hush, Hush was definitely a page turner, but the layout was such that it was a fast read anyway.  Are teenagers incapable of handling normal sized font?  It kind of reminds me now of how in high school if your paper was too short you would increase the font size to fourteen, make the margins a smidgen wider, change the font to Ariel to make it appear longer.

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