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  • Series: Hush, Hush
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Reissue edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416989420
  • ASIN: B004TE6GCO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,083 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up—High school sophomore Nora Grey, a dedicated student striving for a college scholarship, lives with her widowed mother in a country farmhouse outside Portland, ME. When Patch, her new biology partner, is suddenly thrust into her life, Nora is both attracted to his charm and put off by his inexplicable awareness of her thoughts. Eventually, she learns that he is a fallen angel who wants to become human. She is susceptible to his control, but other forces are at work as well, and Nora finds herself caught in the middle of dangerous situations and unexplainable events. The premise of Hush, Hush—that fallen angels exist and interact with humans on Earth—is worthy of contemplation and appealing to teens. But stories with such supernatural themes require that the details of day-to-day life be realistic and believable. Unfortunately, most readers won't be convinced that a mother whose husband has recently been murdered would leave her daughter alone overnight in their home far from the nearest neighbor or that a school counselor would be replaced by someone whose credentials were not checked. While teens may enjoy the scenes of tension and terror, most will be disappointed by characters without dimension and the illogical sequence of events.—Sue Lloyd, Franklin High School, Livonia, MI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A thrilling debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping chiller... Fitzpatrick regularly tweaks the tension, resulting in a fast-paced, exhilarating read. Nora’s tempestuous relationship with prototypical bad boy Patch is genuinely, even unsettling seductive- fans of paranormal romance should be rapt." - Publishers Weekly

"Horror and romance fans who are weary of the werewolf (and vampire) next door will welcome this new take on the heart of darkness." --Booklist

"Hush, Hush has great atmosphere, and had me wondering where in the world -- or out of the world -- this story could go. If the guys had been this dangerous and delicious when I was in high school, I would never have wanted to graduate! I see more fallen angel stories coming from this talented writer." -- Sandra Brown, bestselling author of White Hot and Smoke Screen

More About the Author

Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale, all debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or traveling.

Her fifth novel, Black Ice, releases October 7, 2014. Learn more at countdowntoblackice.com

Discover more about Becca at beccafitzpatrick.com

Customer Reviews

The characters are well written and very interesting.
Larena Hubble
Though I really wanted to like this book, it was very hard for me to, and in the end, I was nothing more than mildly entertained.
Sonia
This is one of those books that you can't put down, I read it in two days and then got the second and read it just as fast.
Laurel Johnson

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578 of 694 people found the following review helpful By K. Montgomery VINE VOICE on November 28, 2009
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If I hadn't received this via Amazon Vine, and therefore obligated in return to review it (as opposed to purchasing), I probably would let it pass into my reading life's obscurity. We all know the basics of the book by now: hot, yet jerky mysterious guy meets lovely, yet clueless girl who must be with jerky guy and solve the Mystery of Him.

Hush, Hush left me with a rather annoying cross between disbelief, disgust and at times pure apathy. One thing in the book's favor: despite a completely unbelievable romance and sequence of events to reach said romance, it is an utterly readable book. Very easy to slip into and get lost in. I admit the only reason I kept going was in vain hope it would all pan out into something good through a cool plot twist or stellar character growth.
The romance, this is where my sense of disbelief and disgust comes in, and being that the blurb bills this immediately as a romance, I'm also bewildered. Patch is the typical "twilight era" young adult hero, or so it seems. He's smart-mouthed, mysterious, and dangerous, and despite his rather blatantly lacking qualities, he attracts the heroine like a bear to stinking trash. Yep, Nora just has to wade through all his crap, because something is telling her that beneath all of Patch's jerk wad facade, there's a heart of romantic gold. How else to explain why she pursues him?

Patch is one of those types that immediately rubs the heroine - and this reader - raw. He's constantly insulting Nora, and uncooperative in their typical science lab partnership. He leads her on the craziest dance I've ever seen, meanwhile Nora following behind, picking up his crumb trail of crazy as if it was honey.
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128 of 161 people found the following review helpful By HannahR on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
About three things I was absolutely positive:

First, that Hush, Hush was, without a doubt, one of the worst Twilight rip-offs I've ever had the misfortune to read.

Second, there was a part of me -- and I didn't realize how dominant that part actually was -- that insisted on reading Hush, Hush to the bitter end in the hope it would redeem itself.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably wrong in that decision.
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72 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hush Hush sweetheart...I found this novel in the Barnes and Noble and picked it up because of the hypnotic cover and my love of fallen angel stories. I sat at the small, round tables donning the Starbucks and began devouring the book right away. An hour and eighty pages later, I knew Becca Fitzpatrick's introduction to the unexplored territory of fallen angels hit the mark in my hook factor.

But, Hush Hush left me with a sensation similar to riding a new, well advertised roller coaster. I just wasn't sure how I felt after plowing through Nora and Patch's story in one sitting. The story follows the somewhat unbearably gullible Nora, her best, at times annoying friend, Vee, the object of infatuation, Patch, and two new kids on the block, Elliot and Jules, through an introductory style plot where the setup rings of a sequel. The chemistry between the main characters, Patch and Nora, was fair because he kept putting her down in every imaginable bad boy manner. By the end of the novel, I felt as if Nora deserved better and didn't care very much for Patch at all. The novel's slippery execution through Acts I and II are vindicated at the end if you stick with it.

-Spoiler alert-

In my opinion, some portions of Hush Hush felt formulaic. Much of the love triangle rivalry reminded me of the ending scene of Evermore. As other readers pointed out, there were many phrases Patch used with Nora that gave me the feel of Twilight déjà vu. By the time I got to where the intruder broke into Nora's house, I'd begun to feel the weariness associated with too much mystery and not enough revelations, literally.

Overall, I did enjoy Hush Hush's coverage of my favorite subjects. For me, this is where the ambivalence factor comes to play.
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63 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer P. on October 14, 2009
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I have to rather violently disagree with the reviewers who called this book "well-written". If a book is well-written, it needs to follow a logical progression, have fully-developed characters with consistent, if not understandable, motivations, and it needs to just plain make sense. I really can't say "hush, hush" has any of those qualities.

Spoilers ahead to support my point.

I'm all for the literary bad boy. I just love them. But, there needs to be at least something likable about that bad boy, some hint that he's tortured or conflicted in some way. Patch is just one innuendo after another. And when we find out very near the end of the book that Patch "wanted" to kill Nora, but she somehow unwittingly convinced him not to, that's a so-called declaration of love that any sane girl should shy far away from. I won't even go into the whole mess of who is an angel, who is fallen, who is magically a guardian angel (even though he's doing exactly what he did that caused him to lose his wings initially). It makes no sense.

So there's no basis, logical or not, for any relationship between Patch and Nora. That's the biggest, though not (by far) the only flaw in this story. Nora sets off to find Patch at Bo's Arcade, apparently a place she's never been before. But instead of MapQuesting the location (or some equivalent of that), she takes one of the maps (?) off the refrigerator and is then surprised, during her drive, to find that the arcade is over 30 minutes away. That's a pretty interesting map--one that doesn't show distance, but does have Bo's Arcade as a landmark. Later in the story, Nora goes off to ride a rollercoaster with Patch, leaving her friend Vee and two boys behind without letting them know where she's going.
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