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Atch draws Nora to him against her better judgmentBut after a series of terrifying encounters Nora's not sure whom to trust Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know about her than her closest friends She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide And when s About three things I was absolutely positiveFirst that Hush Hush was without a doubt one of the worst Twilight rip offs I've ever had the misfortune to readSecond 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 itselfAnd third I was unconditionally and irrevocably wrong in that decision Ella Puede! to him against her better judgmentBut after a series of Newlyweds Anal Lessons terrifying encounters Nora's not sure whom The Millionairess to Elements of the Writing Craft trust Patch seems Me Tawk Funny to be everywhere she is and seems E.E. Cummings to know about her Judgment Day than her closest friends She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide And when s About Bumperhead three The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas things I was absolutely positiveFirst The Women on the Island that Hush Hush was without a doubt one of Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques the worst Twilight rip offs I've ever had How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal the misfortune Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (P.S.) to readSecond Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, there was a part of me and I didn't realize how dominant The Witchs Coven that part actually was Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross that insisted on reading Hush Hush Great Famine to The Color of Night the bitter end in What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the hope it would redeem itselfAnd Pulse (Frank Quinn, third I was unconditionally and irrevocably wrong in Obsession that decision

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A SACRED OATHA FALLEN ANGELA FORBIDDEN LOVERomance 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 P I read this ON A DARE a double dog one if you must know And now I want to look it in the eye and ask REALLY BOOK? REALLY? Because it doesn't just cross the line into the uncomfortably creepy territory it takes a cosmic leap over it Hush Hush may have the dubious distinction of being the worst book I've ever read I assumed it's a book since that's what you'd call a bunch of printed and bound pages but I'm really applying the term 'book' loosely here Yes I know I'm not the intended audience but should terribly written books that can only aspire to reach the same literary heights as the word of the day toilet paper even HAVE a target audience??? Yes I'm being harsh But I'm also being honest Let me give you a sample of my complaints all of them would be longer than the allowed review spaceThis book reads as though someone read Twilight appreciated the obviously marketable and profitable premise and decided to rewrite it in an edgier way which boiled down to clumsily asking a uestion What did Twilight lack? and coming up with the answer Sexual creepiness bordering on sexual harrassment That's it LLLLLLadies Meet Nora Grey an 'average' high schooler who meets a mysterious boy Patch in biology By the way my future hypothetical daughter will not be allowed to take high school biology since that's where all potential supernatural creeps appear to lurk looking for gullible teenage girl prey The boy acts like a total jerk to her and his sleazy innuendos are alarming and appalling but not charming or witty or sexy The natural things to do would be a tell him off b tell the school officials and c call the police if the d bag does not stop harrassing you Instead Nora Grey decides to madly fall in love with the jerk Dear teenage girls He hates me therefore it means he loves me approach does not work in real life While we're at it PEOPLE WANTING TO KILL YOU IS NOT SEXY EITHER Dear YA authors please stop perpetuating this idiocy Patch is a fallen angel no spoilers it was stated on page one or so with a dark past But basically he is an entitled arrogant jerk who appears to take immense pleasure in publicly humiliating Nora physically forcing himself on her physically intimidating her ignoring her wishes and gloating in his dripping douchebaggery approach while nearly sexually assaulting her in front of the class “I make you uneasy?” he asks The proper answer would be to scream YES NOW BACK AWAY But for some inexplicable reason Nora is in love with the creep For some inexplicable reason his appalling behavior is presented as alluring and seductive For some inexplicable reason he is presented as a dark and dangerous man of every girl's dream WHYYYYYYYYYYY????? Oh nevermind here's the answer Yes actually he had that effect on me He also had the tendency to wipe all logical thought from my mindMy brain couldn’t process one logical thought This may explain why we get pages and pages of this incoherent lovestruck bumbling masuerading as a book Mystery solved my job here is doneWhile I'm on the soapbox let me say this STALKING IS NOT SEXY STALKING IS NOT OKAY STALKING IS NOT LOVE VIOLATING PRIVACY IS NOT LOVE EITHER and should result in a restraining order You see our wonderful Nora thinks it's perfectly okay to learn about the mysterious new boy by breaking into the students' records office to look at the confidential file she does it by calling in a bomb threat which is a awful b promptly forgotten about and never followed up on and spying at him at work snooping for information from his coworkers I hate the message this book is sendingI hate punctuation abuse It's innocent so stop torturing it Please leave the faux dramatic pause ellipses in your fanfiction please Unless you're paid for each ellipsis used End the ellipses abuse What is up with the sloppy writing that assumes describing small insignificant and frankly boring details adds anything to the story? Why am I subjected to the endless details of what exactly the characters are ordering in a Mexican restaurant what the specials are and how long it takes a waitress to bring the order? Why should I care? Why do I need to know the details of the bra design that the girls are shopping for? How exactly does that enrich the story? Please stop the filler It's awfulHey what with not having the slightest trust in the readers' ability to figure things out? What's with the dropping of anvil sized hints every few pages? What happened to simple foreshadowing? Patch's identity the villain's identity Nora's identity we can figure it out without the author SCREAMING hints into our faces Really Trust meBut in the end despite the awfulness I cannot be upset at Nora mainly because I'm really worried about that girl's health Here's why My heart fumbled a beat My heartbeat turned erratic and I told myself to pull it togetherMy heart did an unexpected flip startled by his bizarrely attractive smile Nora you know what you need instead of a creepy boyfriend? A cardiology consult Your heart sounds unhealthy to me Terrible book with lackluster annoying characters ridiculous plot and bad writing but with overabundance of creepiness 1 star because that's the lowest rating I can give Reading it was a miserable experience 40 rating on Goodreads? Really? Sometimes I really wonder whether I'm reading the same book as everyone else Amrita Sher-Gil to The Hobbit the boys at her school no matter how hard her best friend Vee pushes Working Hard is Not Good Enough them at her Not until Patch comes along With his easy smile and eyes DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman that seem Arts of Wonder to see inside her P I read The Good Daughter this ON A DARE a double dog one if you must know And now I want Jasmine Summer to look it in Simply Sensual (Simply, the eye and ask REALLY BOOK? REALLY? 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Yes I'm being harsh But I'm also being honest Let me give you a sample of my complaints all of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd them would be longer The Porcelain Thief than The Porcelain Thief the allowed review spaceThis book reads as The Mad Queen though someone read Twilight appreciated Aesops Fables the obviously marketable and profitable premise and decided The Orphans Dream to rewrite it in an edgier way which boiled down Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, to clumsily asking a uestion What did Twilight lack? and coming up with The Vanishing Man the answer Sexual creepiness bordering on sexual harrassment That's it LLLLLLadies Meet Nora Grey an 'average' high schooler who meets a mysterious boy Patch in biology By So Long At The Fair the way my future hypothetical daughter will not be allowed Corporate Finance to Double Trouble take high school biology since The Palace of Dreams that's where all potential supernatural creeps appear Acne and Rosacea to lurk looking for gullible Catharsis teenage girl prey The boy acts like a Darkhenge total jerk A Kind Of Wild Justice to her and his sleazy innuendos are alarming and appalling but not charming or witty or sexy The natural Hua Hua You Long 1 things The Family Cooks to do would be a The Town That Food Saved tell him off b The Year of Cozy tell The Gut Balance Revolution the school officials and c call Dark Viking (Viking II, the police if Broken the d bag does not stop harrassing you Instead Nora Grey decides Fearless Queen Part 2 to madly fall in love with Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, the jerk Dear Bad Romance teenage girls He hates me The Mistake therefore it means he loves me approach does not work in real life While we're at it PEOPLE WANTING TO KILL YOU IS NOT SEXY EITHER Dear YA authors please stop perpetuating The Man Who Saw Everything this idiocy Patch is a fallen angel no spoilers it was stated on page one or so with a dark past But basically he is an entitled arrogant jerk who appears Penguins Poems for Life to The Armourers House take immense pleasure in publicly humiliating Nora physically forcing himself on her physically intimidating her ignoring her wishes and gloating in his dripping douchebaggery approach while nearly sexually assaulting her in front of Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the class “I make you uneasy?” he asks The proper answer would be Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond to scream YES NOW BACK AWAY But for some inexplicable reason Nora is in love with Ask the Past the creep For some inexplicable reason his appalling behavior is presented as alluring and seductive For some inexplicable reason he is presented as a dark and dangerous man of every girl's dream WHYYYYYYYYYYY????? Oh nevermind here's Using Natural Finishes the answer Yes actually he had Anatomy of Violence that effect on me He also had La grande casa the Achieving Work-Life Balance tendency Fearless Warriors to wipe all logical 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity thought from my mindMy brain couldn’t process one logical The Tea House on Mulberry Street thought This may explain why we get pages and pages of Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences this incoherent lovestruck bumbling masuerading as a book Mystery solved my job here is doneWhile I'm on The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the soapbox let me say Blood Heir (Blood Heir, this STALKING IS NOT SEXY STALKING IS NOT OKAY STALKING IS NOT LOVE VIOLATING PRIVACY IS NOT LOVE EITHER and should result in a restraining order You see our wonderful Nora The Tenth Parallel thinks it's perfectly okay The Poincaré Conjecture to learn about Icarus at the Edge of Time the mysterious new boy by breaking into What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing the students' records office Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss to look at Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, the confidential file she does it by calling in a bomb Certain Magical Acts threat which is a awful b promptly forgotten about and never followed up on and spying at him at work snooping for information from his coworkers I hate The Descent of Alette the message Hedged this book is sendingI hate punctuation abuse It's innocent so stop The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever torturing it Please leave The Year the Gypsies Came the faux dramatic pause ellipses in your fanfiction please Unless you're paid for each ellipsis used End The Kingdom the ellipses abuse What is up with O Assassinato Perfeito the sloppy writing The Road to Lichfield that assumes describing small insignificant and frankly boring details adds anything Tales of Ancient Egypt to Tales of Ancient Egypt the story? 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A cardiology consult Your heart sounds unhealthy From Madman to Crime Fighter to me Terrible book with lackluster annoying characters ridiculous plot and bad writing but with overabundance of creepiness 1 star because The Secret of the Stallion (Saddle Club Super Edition, that's Lets Weigh the Evidence the lowest rating I can give Reading it was a miserable experience 40 rating on Goodreads? Really? Sometimes I really wonder whether I'm reading Patient Safety Ethics the same book as everyone else

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He tries to seek some answers she finds herself near a truth that is way unsettling than anything Patch makes her feelFor she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen and when it comes to choosing sides the wrong choice will cost Nora her life This book is simply appalling I won't lie my expectations going in about this book were pretty low But even so Hush Hush managed to disappoint meFirst there are many similarities with Twilight you have a regular average girl here absent parents a love affair with a dangerous supernatural boyfriend a final showdown with a villain of his own kind The mythology while somewhat unusual I haven't read anything about fallen angels in YA so far is paper thin The characters are shallow and undeveloped BTW Vee is the dumbest character I've read about maybe ever But this is not even what makes this book a barely tolerable read This book is just plain silly and silly not in a cute and funny way but in it's pretty dumb and dangerous to fall for this crap way Many things are just so contrived about the story I got a headache rolling my eyes while reading it For instance a bomb threat to steal an empty personal file that nobody investigates later? a biology class which is centered on discussing one uncomfortable and almost harassed student's sexual attractiveness? why would a mother whose husband was murdered leave her 16 year old daughter alone in a remote house for weeks at a time? why would parents of another teenage girl let her go out NEXT DAY after she had surgery following a violent attack on her? dressing up like a hooker to get some dirt on a guy you are investigating? why would an angel fall for loving a human and then get his wings back while loving another human? And finally why exactly Patch and Nora are in love? They know nothing about each other Even Nora spends most of the book calling Patch creepy being scared of him being roughly pinned by him to various walls in dark places or being at his knife's point and yet she is full of desire for him? It just makes no sense As for Patch I don't know one thing about him or why he loves Nora My list can go on and onBut surely enough teenage girls will eat this story up You have everything for success here a fabulous cover and font and pages and pages of flirtatious banter filled with sexual innuendos very often bordering on sexual harassment fit for 30 year olds and not 10 gradersI am rarely for any kind of censorship of books but reading nonsense like Hush Hush makes me wonder what are these writers thinking? In my opinion YA writers should be held to a higher standard than your usual writers of adults fiction Why would they want to promote such outright disturbing relationships as normal to impressionable and silly teenage girls? In my book the relationship between Patch and Nora is not simply shallow but dangerous I wish some of the authors exercised better judgment writing their books otherwise they are setting up many many girls for a lot of disappointment because whatever is presented in this book as romantic is disturbing at best in real life Well to sum this tirade up Hush Hush is pretty much a book that gives YA literature a bad name Naturally the seuel is in works but surely enough I won't be reading it I'd rather dedicate my time to something better written and less contrived and misguidedReading challenge #1 F


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    NOW WITH SPOILERY RANT BOTTOMHush Hush is the story of Nora Grey an average high school student going about her business as usual until her Biology teacher rearranges the class seating and places her next to the dangerous looking new kid Patch Cipriano  Nora gets a weird feeling from Patch and things just keep going from bad to worse as Nora becomes convinced that she is being stalked and may even be the target of murderous intentions  Add to the list Nora's strange feelings about the Archangel ride at the amusement park and her constant near death experiences and well Nora's life is becoming anything but averageWhen I finished reading Hush Hush I had to mull it over for awhile  I really wasn't sure what to say  I am absolutely enthralled by the cover athletic looking darkly mysterious fallen angel contorted in mid air in grayscale?  What's not to like?  I had to have it because of that cover  But I had a sneaking suspicion that a cover that good had to be masking something  Yep  It's a bright light to dazzle the eyes and make you ahem overlook any faultsIt didn't workInside was the most confused schizophrenic piece of writing I've read in some time  Becca Fitzpatrick didn't seem to know uite what she wanted only that it had to be Ominous and Scary and Dangerous and Titillating of course and Mysterious and Sexy  So with those buzz words in mind she threw a bunch of things together and let her narrator Nora sort them out Nora understandably had some trouble with this and the result is a thoroughly frustrating heroine who jumps to insane conclusions based on inane evidence one moment and the next goes blithely along into obvious dangerPatch is intriguing and perhaps the most consistent character and I was fully prepared for an 'anti hero as the hero' story  I wanted a little boundary pushing and a not entirely likeable or trustworthy male lead who may or may not redeem himself but who gives you the dangerous and alluring in spades  For the most part Patch wasn't a let down in this regard and as screwed up as it is to like him he was the stand out character for me Not to say I didn't have issues with him tooBut it wasn't enough  Patch's bad boy antics couldn't save this book from itself  It was self indulgent cheesy melodramatic in the worst sense and confusing I wanted to like it; I loved the fallen angel premise the idea of an anti hero and bits and pieces of the writing throughout  But Hush Hush suffered from too many villains and too much shock and awe and not enough thought and follow through  Maybe Fitzpatrick can pull it together for round two and with some strong convincing by trusted like minded people I may be willing to give her another chance  never gonna happen But this was a monstrous let down for me  You've been warnedWe all know how that whole so pretty I just had to thing works out  See my guest post on Jo's blog about thisAnd by 'consistent' I mean he was consistently a douche Vee was pretty consistent too and was a lot of fun but she started to get annoying and a little strange You're still going to read it aren't you?  Damn you James Porto and your beautiful beautiful coverHERE THAR BE SPOILERSIf you haven't read Hush Hush and intend to or if you don't want me dissing the melodrama that is Patch and Nora look awayNOWCommence rantYou already know I had issues with this book I think a lot of people are going to take offense to the idea of Patch as the hero as teen girls' fantasy just as they did with Edward in Twilight Patch goes beyond the simple term bad boy in that yes he does actually mean Nora harm ConsistentlyI'm not going to go into that because frankly I don't care He can be an anti hero all he wants whatever If that's where the story's going fine Most of my issues but not all lie with NoraHere's the thingNora is that girl you yell at in the horror movie the idiot that goes up the stairs instead of out the door or reaches to turn over the downed bad guy just to make sure We all know that's frustrating but we've come to expect it in movies and that dumb big breasted scantily clad girl normally gets killed offNora is so much frustrating than that The many sides of Nora She continually suspects Patch and Elliot and just about everyone else in this story and with good reason However she then continually ignores her instincts and puts herself in danger In fact she can't seem to agree with herself She will think to herself that Patch is stalking her and trying to kill her and then within pages think 'Oh but he could never hurt me' This just cycles and cycles throughout the storyAlso throughout the story Nora makes insane jumps in logic whether they turn out to be true or not it's not believable when she immediately jumps to the most bizarre conclusions and then acts on them At the same time she will be directly confronted with some piece of real evidence something that would make a normal non fictional person take notice and say something's not right here and she will completely ignore it It's like she's being willfully obtuseExamples Earlyish in the story Nora hears a voice in her head and thinks Patch has breached normal communication methods and could at will speak to me without ever opening his mouth Naturally she thinks she's delusional Hearing your name and a few inane comments would make one think they are imagining things and this I could buy Even Nora not being exactly sure what happened and being creeped out I could buy But she proceeds to ask Patch how he's able to speak directly to her mind making her look like a loon I wouldn't be even all that bothered by this if it was consistent throughout the story; if Nora either consistently thought that she was going crazy because of all the implausible things that are happening I could buy it; if she wanted to prove she wasn't crazy and kept confronting Patch and sleuthing I could buy it It would be 1 solid choice on Becca Fitzpatrick's part She could be the ultra paranoid girl who thinks she's going crazy and jumps to conclusions about everything Annoying but doable But to present this as if it's normaland I'm out Conversely near the near the end of the story when the shit's really beginning to go down and nearly everyone has become a villain Nora and Patch walk out of a movie theater to find that both the tires on the driver's side were flat 'I can't believe it I said I drove over two nails?' OO ??? She thinks she's being stalked she thinks her best friend has been kidnapped by a teenaged murderer named Elliot and by this point she thinks she's the target of not one but two murderous angels and yet all she can come up with is that she ran over two nails? Come on If Nora will jump to conclusions on the barest of evidence how in hell does she not comprehend the obvious? Throughout the story Nora thinks everyone's out to get her she's right but I'll get to that especially Patch Patch is Ominous capital 'O' and yetAnd yet no matter how much Nora thinks he's badbadbad she trusts him Why? Weirdest of all when Nora confronts Patch about his intentions he admits he wanted to kill her ; her reaction? 'I know Patch could never hurt me' and she trusts him implicitly from that point on Really? The whole story you've suspected him and been insistent that you should stay away on the barest of evidence but once he's confessed his albeit previous intentions of murder you trust him Really Her sudden bizarre trust of Patch comes too late for any real belief in their romance Or her sanityThere is no consistency in Nora's thinking I just can't understand why Becca Fitzpatrick couldn't pick one Nora to write and stick with her She could have just always thought she was losing her mind; self doubt would have been interesting and made her root forable If she had just been reckless and always convinced that yes maybe something is a little off about Patch but she still found herself attracted to him it would have been interesting and could have been used to slowly reveal the truth and up Nora's anxiety If Nora had just been naive and always convinced that everything was fine despite any indicators it would have built tension But combining it all made Nora seem confused and a little off herself and made the writing seem schizophrenic Too many villains Fitzpatrick makes the rookie mistake of lack of restraint Nora suspects everyone and everyone does in fact seem to be a villain This makes the book seem unfocused and sort of cheesy When everyone is under suspicion and everyone seems to be a bad guy it makes it seem like no one really is It's like if you use a really great word once or twice it's going to stand out But if every word you use is some great unusual word none are going to stand out There's no negative space no background to make the focal point pop Everywhere Nora turns someone's trying to kill her It just gets silly after awhile Also it has the added negative effect of making it hard for Fitzpatrick to top as it were Where does she go from here? If there are 4 different people trying to kill Nora in book 1 how many people will there be out for blood in book 2? She didn't leave any room to grow the suspenseAnother bad thing about the amount of villains and Nora's instant suspicion and the overall over the top nature of the book was that there was precious little suspense By giving everything away rather freely Fitzpatrick deprived the reader of the slow build up and the privilege of the mystery; we never got to have any suspicions of our own or choose sides There was too much in the way of ominous overtones and not enough restraintOn a side note not that I'm calling Vee a villain but even she became a little weird as the story went on It's one thing to be the wild and crazy girl in the best friends dynamic but constantly trying to get your best friend alone with a guy who she says makes her uncomfortable who she believes broke into her house and may be stalking her and who she knows was a murder suspect is reckless beyond the pale and shitty shitty friendshipBy which I mean she goes from being uirky and funny to a godawful shitty friend You know for no other reason than apparently to help lure Nora into badridiculous situations Plot device ☑The writing overall I saw glimpses in Fitzpatrick's writing that demonstrated how this could have been a good book She does sexual tension and confrontation scenes fairly well and there is some good humor Vee in the beginning at least before she becomes a really reckless really bad friend was pretty amusing as the traditional sidekick Patch had great one liners both funny and smoldering But for all the occasional good there was uite a bit in the way of bad The dialogue was often stilted and weird The analogies were completely out of left field They were those turns of phrase that you can tell were used because they sounded cool or because one was needed but they don't mean anything or they leave you thinking wtf? His eyes looked like they didn't play by the rules What does that even mean? What rules do eyes usually play by? Does he not blink? This is a mild example but I got sick of making note of them I got this really hit and miss feel about the writing and the language in the book Pieces of literary crap mixed in with the really good bits blended to form a throw it all in and something's bound to work style A total lack of finesse made it hard to want to keep reading and made me feel like if I kept rolling my eyeballs they were going to roll right out of my headRant complete


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    How I Would Have Ended ItThis post was inspired by the fan­tas­tic videos over at wwwhowitshouldhaveendedcom Ital­i­cized text is the orig­i­nal pub­li­cized text from the book and is entirely the work of Becca FitzpatrickThis ren­di­tion is entirely satire It is not meant to offend and I mean no dis­cour­tesy I rec­og­nize that authors put a lot of time and work into their nov­els and I am not try­ing to dis­re­spect that Writ­ing a novel is hard work and is some­thing I have never done and I cer­tainly don’t think I could do a bet­ter job I am sim­ply with light hearted inten­tion using humour and imag­i­na­tion to spark book dis­cus­sion and fun and point out some issues I had with the novelAnd lastly please don’t sue me I have no money And I have chil­dren to feed And I have a cat to feed as well You wouldn’t want a cat to go with­out food would you? Also pretty please with a cherry on top I’ll be your friend? I was backed up against the counter my palms dig­ging into the edge “You’re mad because I didn’t go to Del­phic” I raised one shaky shoul­der “Why Del­phic Patch? It’s Sun­day night Del­phic will be clos­ing soon Any spe­cial rea­son you wanted me to drive to a dark soon to be deserted amuse­ment park?”He walked toward me until he was stand­ing close enough that I could see his black eyes beneath his ball cap“Dabria told me you have to sac­ri­fice me to get a human body” I saidPatch was uiet a moment “And you think I’d go through with it?”I swal­lowed “Then it’s true?”Our eyes locked “It has to be an inten­tional sac­ri­fice Sim­ply killing you won’t do it”“Are you the only per­son who can do this to me?”“No but I’m prob­a­bly the only per­son who knows the end result and the only per­son who would attempt it It’s the rea­son I came to school I had to get close to you I needed you It’s the rea­son I walked into your life”I looked at him for a moment his intense gaze shoot­ing through me as I con­sid­ered the infor­ma­tion he’d just confirmed“Okay” I said straight­en­ing up and slip­ping out from his over­bear­ing pres­ence to put some space between us“Okay?”“Okay I’m out of here”“You can’t go” Patch said his face twist­ing into a con­fused expression“Well you’ve pretty much admit­ted that you were going to kill me in a very per­sonal way might I add I think that jus­ti­fies a uick and hasty exit” I spat at him straight­en­ing my out­fit in indig­na­tion and stand­ing up to him with con­fi­dence than I feltPatch splut­tered for a moment blink­ing his eyes dis­be­liev­ingly “But I wasn’t I mean” he looked lost for a moment before vis­i­bly col­lect­ing him­self and slip­ping back into his usual con­fi­dent demeanor “You want me to come clean I will I’ll tell you every­thing Who I am and what I’ve done Every last detail I’ll dig it all up but you have to ask You have to want it You can see who I was or you can see who I am now I’m not good” he said pierc­ing me with eyes that absorbed all light but reflected none “but I was worse”I arched an eye­brow and stared at him in dis­be­lief “Well I have a dif­fer­ent plan Patch Mainly revolv­ing around the fact that you pur­posely entered my life in order to stalk harass and mur­der me for your nefar­i­ous schemes So I think this would be a pretty good time for you to uit the mys­te­ri­ous bull­shit and be extremely trans­par­ent about every­thing I need to know I mean you haven’t even assured me at this point that you’re not actu­ally going to kill me And I don’t mean to harp on this point – but that’s a pretty impor­tant facet of this dis­cus­sion for me”He stalked close to me again affect­ing a brood­ing intense expres­sion and caus­ing my heart to thud painfully in my chest His boots were flush with the toes of my ten­nis shoes “I’m not going to kill you Nora I don’t kill peo­ple who are impor­tant to me And you top the list”I exerted con­sid­er­able effort to con­tain an eye­roll but it slipped through at the last minute “You’re imping­ing on my pri­vate space” I said inch­ing back­ward in dis­taste Patch gave a barely there smile “Imping­ing? This isn’t the SAT Nora”I pressed my finger tips to his chest He glanced at the spot where we touched and then back up to my eyes “If my vocab­u­lary is caus­ing you dis­tress” I whis­pered huskily look­ing up to him with a wicked smile on my face “then let me express my dis­plea­sure in the only way you seem to understand”Patch’s brow creased in con­fu­sion a moment before my heel came down hard on his instep He hopped back in pain look­ing at me with both hurt and bewil­der­ment “Per­sonal bound­aries Patch Respect them when I ask you to See I have this rule about let­ting would be mur­der­ers within ten feet of my very stab able body Now tell me Is Dabria going to be com­ing after me”Patch mirac­u­lously less inter­ested in encroach­ing on my per­sonal space shrugged from where he was “You could take her Angel” he said “I’ve seen both of you in action” he looked down at his injured foot and winked “and my bet’s on you You don’t need me for that”“I don’t think I need you for much of any­thing” I sneered turn­ing on him and head­ing to the door “Door’s locked” he said from behind me “And we have unfin­ished business”“Lis­ten the only unfin­ished busi­ness we have is between my knee and your crotch if you come near me again” The cell phone in my pocket rang to life “In fact” I said as I pulled it out “you’re going to go away and I don’t ever EVER want to see your broody mopey face again You have for­ever cured me of bad­boys When this is over it’s strictly account­ing nerds and bank­ing types for me This was absolutely the WORST way to pun­ish my mother for her absence assert my inde­pen­dence and act out my grief from los­ing my father I should have just stolen money from my mother’s purse and bought alco­hol like a NORMAL teenager” I pressed the accept but­ton on my cell “What?” “Babe” Vee said We had a bad con­nec­tion the crack­led of sta­tic cut­ting across her voice “Where are you?”“Where are you? Are you still with Elliot and Jules?” I flat­tened a hand against my free ear to hear better“I’m at school We broke in” she said in a voice that was naughty to per­fec­tion “We want to play hide and seek but don’t have enough peo­ple for two teams So do you know of a fourth per­son who could come play with us?”An inco­her­ent voice mum­bled in the background“Elliot wants me to tell you that if you don’t come be his part­ner –hang on what?” Vee said into the backgroundElliot’s voice came on “Nora? Come play with us Oth­er­wise there’s a tree in the com­mon area with Vee’s name on it”I groaned in dis­be­lief and promised myself that if I sur­vived this I’d choose friends who weren’t com­plete and utter dumbasses “Who was that?” Patch askedI sighed heav­ily “That was my brain­less drop­kick friend phon­ing me to pass along the mes­sage that Elliot and Jules are going to mur­der her vio­lently unless I go meet up with them”“What was that you were say­ing about never again see­ing my broody mop­ing face?” Patch asked his con­fi­dence returned tri­fold and an enor­mous grin spread across his faceI resisted the urge to smash my face into the tiled wall repeat­edly “Oh shut up and come on I’ll prob­a­bly end up nobly sac­ri­fic­ing myself and sav­ing your ass any­way so cut the shit Patch”He unlocked and opened the door let­ting me out ahead of him“Still going to set­tle for an accoun­tant or banker?”“You had bet­ter be so damn awe­some in bed or I am going to stab you through the eye with your own lit­er­al­ized ego”“I have ninety nine prob­lems Nora but per­for­mance in the sack is NOT one of them”The end


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    I read this ON A DARE a double dog one if you must know And now I want to look it in the eye and ask REALLY BOOK? REALLY? Because it doesn't just cross the line into the uncomfortably creepy territory it takes a cosmic leap over it Hush Hush may have the dubious distinction of being the worst book I've ever read I assumed it's a book since that's what you'd call a bunch of printed and bound pages but I'm really applying the term 'book' loosely here Yes I know I'm not the intended audience but should terribly written books that can only aspire to reach the same literary heights as the word of the day toilet paper even HAVE a target audience??? Yes I'm being harsh But I'm also being honest Let me give you a sample of my complaints all of them would be longer than the allowed review spaceThis book reads as though someone read Twilight appreciated the obviously marketable and profitable premise and decided to rewrite it in an edgier way which boiled down to clumsily asking a uestion What did Twilight lack? and coming up with the answer Sexual creepiness bordering on sexual harrassment That's it LLLLLLadies Meet Nora Grey an 'average' high schooler who meets a mysterious boy Patch in biology By the way my future hypothetical daughter will not be allowed to take high school biology since that's where all potential supernatural creeps appear to lurk looking for gullible teenage girl prey The boy acts like a total jerk to her and his sleazy innuendos are alarming and appalling but not charming or witty or sexy The natural things to do would be a tell him off b tell the school officials and c call the police if the d bag does not stop harrassing you Instead Nora Grey decides to madly fall in love with the jerk Dear teenage girls He hates me therefore it means he loves me approach does not work in real life While we're at it PEOPLE WANTING TO KILL YOU IS NOT SEXY EITHER Dear YA authors please stop perpetuating this idiocy Patch is a fallen angel no spoilers it was stated on page one or so with a dark past But basically he is an entitled arrogant jerk who appears to take immense pleasure in publicly humiliating Nora physically forcing himself on her physically intimidating her ignoring her wishes and gloating in his dripping douchebaggery approach while nearly sexually assaulting her in front of the class “I make you uneasy?” he asks The proper answer would be to scream YES NOW BACK AWAY But for some inexplicable reason Nora is in love with the creep For some inexplicable reason his appalling behavior is presented as alluring and seductive For some inexplicable reason he is presented as a dark and dangerous man of every girl's dream WHYYYYYYYYYYY????? Oh nevermind here's the answer Yes actually he had that effect on me He also had the tendency to wipe all logical thought from my mindMy brain couldn’t process one logical thought This may explain why we get pages and pages of this incoherent lovestruck bumbling masuerading as a book Mystery solved my job here is doneWhile I'm on the soapbox let me say this STALKING IS NOT SEXY STALKING IS NOT OKAY STALKING IS NOT LOVE VIOLATING PRIVACY IS NOT LOVE EITHER and should result in a restraining order You see our wonderful Nora thinks it's perfectly okay to learn about the mysterious new boy by breaking into the students' records office to look at the confidential file she does it by calling in a bomb threat which is a awful b promptly forgotten about and never followed up on and spying at him at work snooping for information from his coworkers I hate the message this book is sendingI hate punctuation abuse It's innocent so stop torturing it Please leave the faux dramatic pause ellipses in your fanfiction please Unless you're paid for each ellipsis used End the ellipses abuse What is up with the sloppy writing that assumes describing small insignificant and frankly boring details adds anything to the story? Why am I subjected to the endless details of what exactly the characters are ordering in a Mexican restaurant what the specials are and how long it takes a waitress to bring the order? Why should I care? Why do I need to know the details of the bra design that the girls are shopping for? How exactly does that enrich the story? Please stop the filler It's awfulHey what with not having the slightest trust in the readers' ability to figure things out? What's with the dropping of anvil sized hints every few pages? What happened to simple foreshadowing? Patch's identity the villain's identity Nora's identity we can figure it out without the author SCREAMING hints into our faces Really Trust meBut in the end despite the awfulness I cannot be upset at Nora mainly because I'm really worried about that girl's health Here's why My heart fumbled a beat My heartbeat turned erratic and I told myself to pull it togetherMy heart did an unexpected flip startled by his bizarrely attractive smile Nora you know what you need instead of a creepy boyfriend? A cardiology consult Your heart sounds unhealthy to me Terrible book with lackluster annoying characters ridiculous plot and bad writing but with overabundance of creepiness 1 star because that's the lowest rating I can give Reading it was a miserable experience 40 rating on Goodreads? Really? Sometimes I really wonder whether I'm reading the same book as everyone else


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    About three things I was absolutely positiveFirst that Hush Hush was without a doubt one of the worst Twilight rip offs I've ever had the misfortune to readSecond 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 itselfAnd third I was unconditionally and irrevocably wrong in that decision


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    UHHUM WHY IS IT THAT ALL I SEE ARE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK? REALLY? REALLY? ARE WE EVEN READING THE SAME HUSH HUSH?I fell in love with Patch INSTANTLY I mean what's not to love?I also love Nora She is such a refreshing and intriguing heroine Her and Patch suit each other perfectly They bounce off each other and really made me laugh with their witty and sarcy sense of humour They bicker like hell and it's so much fun to read I loved the twist in the end it turned everything I thought was going to happen into something entirely different I never knew what was going to happen next I thoroughly enjoyed and loved this book and I certainly cannot wait to read the next Well deserved 5 stars well fricking deserved


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    Let's see My reviewWhat I learned from this bookWell I learned that it was a lot of fun to write Enjoy the fall all


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    Top Ten Irrational Points in hush hush Nora’s sex ed class begins with the teacher stating “Human reproductionreuires mature handling And like all science the best approach is to learn by sleuthing For the rest of the class practice this techniue by finding out as much as you can about your new seating assignment partner Tomorrow bring your write up of your discoveries and believe me I’m going to check for authenticityI want to see real interaction and teamwork” This is a biology class Teaching kids how to get to know one another reflects the teaching of the science of human reproduction how???? The next day class focuses on what ualities each student looks for in a “potential mate” and the nuances of body language when hitting on someone Again this is Bio Not health not well I don’t know what cause I never took a class this ridiculous But I took a lot of sciences and this ain’t it Later on in the book the Bio class is “running a lab on blood pressure” Uh that has nothing to do with high school biology And even less to do with human reproduction WTF? Further in the blood pressure lab “Vee is lying faceup on a table” Argh Those lab tables are filthy Chemicals dissections kids are not allowed to sit on them much less lay on them And really unless you are checking orthostatic BP there is really no need to lie down for five minutes before hand All I can say is that Becca Fitzpatrick must have been homeschooled Later Nora approaches her Bio teacher about switching her seat away from Patch because he makes her feel uncomfortable The teacher not only ignores her plea but enlists her to tutor Patch This all takes place right after Patch is seriously sexually harassing Nora in class in front of the teacher and seemingly with the teacher’s encouragement More support for the homeschooled theoryNora is driving home one night and approaches a traffic light The light turns yellow and Nora ”rolled to a stop checked to see that traffic was clear then pulled into the intersection” What the hell? Who stops at a yellow light to see if traffic is clear?? Why wouldn’t it be when the other side still has a red light? I’m guessing that Fitzpatrick has never owned a driver’s license Ever A rollercoaster called The Archangel Do people at a park really give a crap about biblical lore? Further the car Nora Patch ride in has a “grouping of four paintings” depicting an angels’ fall from grace Don’t all rollercoasters have large flashy graphics that can be seen from a distance look cool when speeding around the track? Since when do they sport fairly intricate and thoughtful artwork? A local paper reported that Elliot Saunders a 16yr old kid was the last person to be seen with a girl before her body was found and therefore was held uestioned for her murder So in addition to being a non driving homeschooled amusement park avoider Fitzpatrick is clearly unaware of laws protecting minors in this country The article continues to state that Elliot was released after a suicide note was found in the victim’s apartment There are no further news stories regarding this matter Nevertheless Nora persists in believing that there is a “murder investigation surrounding Elliot” And this girl has hopes of getting into an Ivy league school???? Nora has the police at her house for a 911 call and again to uestion her about an attack on a fellow student Nora’s mother is never informed of the police visits despite the fact that Nora is a minor I shouldn’t be surprised because it has already been established that Fitzpatrick has no understanding of laws pertaining to minors Nora sees Patch’s bare back and notices that ”Two thick gashes ran the length of it They started near his kidneys and ended at his shoulder blades widening to form an upside down V” Is it just me?? If an upside down V extends from the kidneys to the shoulder blades it will NARROW not widen Right? Fitzpatrick could have written that the gashes started at his shoulder blades and extended to his kidneys as they widened to form an upside down V But the way it’s written? It doesn’t make sense Further the kidneys are pretty much right below the shoulder blades not further out from them Yeah I’m nitpicking The final irrational aspect of hush hush is Nora herselfShe is naïve spineless and a horrible and chronic liar When she doesn’t want to do something she will make up lame excuse after lame excuse even when she gets called out for her excuses she never has the balls to simply say “I am not interested in having dinnerdatewhatever with you” She just continues to make up excuses never comes clean or sticks up for herself When Patch is attempting to corner kiss her Nora tells him to go When he doesn’t she says “My legs are falling asleep” What? Who says that? Lord if you want him to go and he doesn’t then TELL HIM AGAIN BUT DON’T MAKE UP SOME LAME ASS EXCUSE No wonder people walk all over Nora and take advantage of her Nora is so frightened of Patch that there is even a scene where he is playing cat and mouse with her chasing her around a parked car until she breaks out in a run only to be caught by him in a matter of seconds But despite her fear she never tells him NO I don’t take issue with Patch Really He is thousands of years old presumably isn’t human and for some reason has developed a crush on a very immature teen So I actually expect him to mess with her a little bit But dumbass Nora actually allows him to manipulate her Not that she deserves it although really she does but Nora does nothing to defend herself against Patch Elliot Vee anyone She loses control of every conversation and interaction she participates in And still manages to come out the “heroine” Whatever Had Nora grown or changed as a result of her experiences I could have forgiven her Or if Nora had suffered some severe conseuences as a result of her stupidity I could have forgiven Fitzpatrick As it isI’m considering destroying this library book and facing the repurcussions of a library black mark or god forbid ban all in the name of saving young impressionable teen girls from thinking Nora is the sort of protagonist to look up to Even Bella Swan is admirable And that’s saying something


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    “Keep in mind that people change but the past doesn't” ☆☆☆☆4 HUSHY STARS☆☆☆☆ You can find the full review and about this book on my blogOkay so before reading this I heard a lot of mixed feelings about this series Some loved it some liked it and some hated it Now before I start my review I want to say that even that I heard a lot of things I was not spoiled or didn't even know anything about the plot or story so it was a fresh new start for me“You smell good too” said PatchIt’s called a shower” I was staring straight ahead When he didn’t answer I turned sideways “Soap Shampoo Hot water”Naked I know the drill” I have read this book in 2 days I can't say I didn't like it Yeah I know it has some mistakes or nonsense things but it was good It was similar to Twilight and if you know me you would know that I truly hate that series but it was a good similar a better one For me at least Also the book cover is one of the best covers ever It's so creative and the colors are perfectly collided“Say 'provoking' again Your mouth looks provocative when you do” This book reminded me old horror movies and I am a huge fan of old scary movies I can't say that it was uniue The story was uite predicted like I could tell what will happen but for me it was a fun read and I seriously think that this book would have been better if it didn't have angels at all“You're a guardian angel now I was still too much in awe to wrap my mind around it but at the same time I felt amazement curiosityhappinessI'm your guardian angel he saidI get my very own guardian angel? What exactly is your job description?Guard your body His smile tipped higher I take my job seriously which means I'm going to need to get acuainted with the subject matter on a personal level” I can't say the plot was rich It was random but good random and I did like the background of scenes like BO Arcade is such a cool place and I had a pretty awesome picture of it in my mind Also the school scene at the end was hilarious like the gym and classes And the farmhouse was uite creepy it reminded me the ring movie and I don't know why maybe the fog but it was cool and well thought“All this time I've hated myself for it I thought I'd given it up for nothing But if I hadn't fallen I wouldn't have met you” The beginning was good also the middle but the ending was great My favorite scene was the light out school scene It reminded me a scene from 'Teen Wolf' the TV series It was greatly described and that was the only moment I didn't know what was going to happen even though it ended fast“Cheshvan starts tonight Rixon said What are you doing arsing around in a graveyard?ThinkingThinking?A process by which I use my brain to make a rational decision” The writing style is not bad but it is not great either I was simple like a lot of novels out there The characters are also good but not the ones you remember for long And I found some of them really annoying The story follows a girl called Nora who lives a normal life with her mom and her bestfriend Vee One day the Couch decides to change their seats for a project and she gets to sit with Patch a boy who rarely talked At the first words they exchanged she felt something new inside her She couldn't stand him because of his arrogance but also couldn't deny the feelings Also things started to happen new things new people new troubles in her life She felt the need to learn about Patch but was she ready to know?“Before I forget here's your homework Where do you want me to put it?She pointed at the trash can Right there would be fine” The characters Nora Am I the only one who thinks Nora is not that smart? I actually think she is kind of un wise I mean who goes in the middle of the night to ask a boy she rarely know some personal uestions for a school project Also the scene with the old lady I cant think worst ways she could have acted in that situation' Patch I don't know what to say about Patch he is just like every other main male character out there Vee I found Vee really annoying She was also stupid maybe stupider And maybe that's why they are friends“The problem with human attraction is not knowing if it will be returned” I recommend this book if you are into creepy paranormal romance It doesn't have role model or give a positive message but it is a fun read especially for this time of year I enjoyed it Pictures from the review are not mine I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr


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    This book is simply appalling I won't lie my expectations going in about this book were pretty low But even so Hush Hush managed to disappoint meFirst there are many similarities with Twilight you have a regular average girl here absent parents a love affair with a dangerous supernatural boyfriend a final showdown with a villain of his own kind The mythology while somewhat unusual I haven't read anything about fallen angels in YA so far is paper thin The characters are shallow and undeveloped BTW Vee is the dumbest character I've read about maybe ever But this is not even what makes this book a barely tolerable read This book is just plain silly and silly not in a cute and funny way but in it's pretty dumb and dangerous to fall for this crap way Many things are just so contrived about the story I got a headache rolling my eyes while reading it For instance a bomb threat to steal an empty personal file that nobody investigates later? a biology class which is centered on discussing one uncomfortable and almost harassed student's sexual attractiveness? why would a mother whose husband was murdered leave her 16 year old daughter alone in a remote house for weeks at a time? why would parents of another teenage girl let her go out NEXT DAY after she had surgery following a violent attack on her? dressing up like a hooker to get some dirt on a guy you are investigating? why would an angel fall for loving a human and then get his wings back while loving another human? And finally why exactly Patch and Nora are in love? They know nothing about each other Even Nora spends most of the book calling Patch creepy being scared of him being roughly pinned by him to various walls in dark places or being at his knife's point and yet she is full of desire for him? It just makes no sense As for Patch I don't know one thing about him or why he loves Nora My list can go on and onBut surely enough teenage girls will eat this story up You have everything for success here a fabulous cover and font and pages and pages of flirtatious banter filled with sexual innuendos very often bordering on sexual harassment fit for 30 year olds and not 10 gradersI am rarely for any kind of censorship of books but reading nonsense like Hush Hush makes me wonder what are these writers thinking? In my opinion YA writers should be held to a higher standard than your usual writers of adults fiction Why would they want to promote such outright disturbing relationships as normal to impressionable and silly teenage girls? In my book the relationship between Patch and Nora is not simply shallow but dangerous I wish some of the authors exercised better judgment writing their books otherwise they are setting up many many girls for a lot of disappointment because whatever is presented in this book as romantic is disturbing at best in real life Well to sum this tirade up Hush Hush is pretty much a book that gives YA literature a bad name Naturally the seuel is in works but surely enough I won't be reading it I'd rather dedicate my time to something better written and less contrived and misguidedReading challenge #1 F


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    Read this Don't argue just do itIf you don’t like me I’ll force myself on you until you do We see this all the time and it’s even romanticized Everything from romance novels to sitcoms we see women who aren’t interested in a man and we see those men determined to catch her To pursue her to convince her that she’ll like me eventually If I try hard enough if I harass her long enough she’s sure to cave in eventually She can’t say no And if she does I’ll just assume it’s code for “try harderBefore you read the rest of this review you should really go and read this post and this post on rape culture Please read them especially if you don’t like the word feminist especially if you think Patch is ‘hot’ or ‘romantic’ and especially if you’re thinking about trolling this review Learn what’s really acceptable before you bash someone for saying Patch isn’t It seemed so often that the only reason Nora was saying no to Patch was so that she could later relent thereby confirming the fact that when women say no they really mean yes especially to hot guys they’re attracted to and frightened of at the same timeOh Ms Fitzpatrick you’re a crafty one But 30 pages of non shittiness at the end of a 400 page book can’t redeem all the shittiness from the earlier pagesSo here’s what happens in this bookNora Some creepy transfer student is sexually harassing mePatch LOL you know you want meNora Fuck off creepElliot Hi Nora I’m the complete opposite of Patch and I’m your only alternativeNora I better go out with you so I don’t think about PatchPatch Come leave your perfectly normal date and ride on a rollercoaster with me even though you hate meNora OkayNew school counsellor Stay away from PatchNora Okay But he’s following me anyway so I better confront himPatch You’re so sexy I want to bone you threatens rapeNora Even though you just threatened to rape me I’m going to accept a ride home with you because I’m pathetic and I can’t call my mum or a cab or catch a busPatch Wielding a knife makes me sexy and I’m going to almost kiss youNora Fuck off You terrify mePatch Loosen up babe You love it By the way I was planning on killing you sexual assaultNora You’re right I do love it facenomsI have to credit Fitzpatrick for her red herrings I wasn’t sure who to trust or who the antagonist really was until it was revealed So kudos to her for that And the other thing I have to say is that Fitzpatrick actually seems to have a grasp of the English language It’s not her writing techniue that I hate it’s the characters and their attitudes and the messages hidden in this book that disgust me Fitzpatrick’s clearly written her own teenage fantasy here to be sexually assaulted by a hot guy who’s so hot the sexual assault is forgiven because the girl really wants it but just pretends she doesn’t to preserve her feminine modesty Although – I must remind everyone – this book would have had at least five different editors to help her get the basics of grammar and punctuation correct Also – she’s not afraid of writing fight scenes unlike several other YA PNR authors who build up and build up and threaten with a war and then fizzle out with nothingI was beyond prepared for this book I still believe that it should not have been published because it glorifies rape culture the women are complete bitches and the blokes are complete twats I read this book with my trusty Post It notes beside me and marked the page every time I found something offensive stupid or downright shitty Um if I write something about all of these tags this review will probably take forever SIGH Okay I’ll do itview spoilerCoach continued “Since the dawn of time women have been attracted to mates with strong survival skills—like intelligence and physical prowess—because men with these ualities are likely to bring home dinner at the end of the day” What about lesbians? Seriously Do lesbians even exist in this world? This is so fucking sexist it makes me want to vomit This is around the time Nora’s being openly sexually harassed in the classroom which pisses me off I won’t go into how stupid it is that a sports coach is teaching biology because there are plenty of other reviews that delve into that yes some sports teachers do have degrees in biology blah blah blah but it’s not very common and this Coach doesn’t know anything about reproduction he thinks it means the students have to find a mate RIGHT NOW This entire class revolves around how women want strong men to protect them and bring home the bacon and men want attractive women because ugly women don’t get laid Which is pretty funny because the two biggest slags in my city are both ugly as fuck yet between them have slept with nearly every male I know I also have to mention that if Patch wasn’t a hottie patottie there is no way anyone would support all that sexual harassment to Nora Coach laughs it off because Nora’s being a hysterical woman a man showing unwanted sexual attraction is a compliment and nothing to get all worked up about – besides the point of the class was to teach those strapping young lads when a girl is aroused Stop having a woman’s period and suck up the fact that a guy wants to bone you In fact maybe you should spend time with him and his unwelcome sexual advances In fact Nora should tutor Patch Which actually is only mentioned once in the entire novel I was pretty offended by this whole thing As little as I knew about Patch I sensed his aversion to Vee as if it were concrete enough to touch” Patch has never met Vee How can Nora know how he would feel about her best friend? Fitzpatrick is very desperately trying to show us here that Nora is the only thing Patch is interested in even than her ‘sexy’ non virginal best friendI took a moment to think over his offer I was pretty sure that if I turned Elliot down Vee would kill me Besides going out with Elliot seemed like a good way to escape my uncomfortable attraction to Patch So you want to go out with Elliot not because you like him or he’s nice or you want to get to know him better but because your best friend will kill you if you say no and you think it’ll help you get over Patch? What a bitch “Every woman needs to reinvent her sexy side—I like that My daughter got implants She said she did it for herself but what woman gets boobs for herself? They are a burden She got the boobs for a man” Please excuse me while I let my inner feminist rant and rage about how sexist and demeaning that is“Boys like girls who look like girls” Fuck you Vee and your anti feminist agenda Girls do not need to dress up to impress boys Some boys like other boys Some boys like girls with a bit of meat on them Some boys like petite dark girls while others like Scandinavian s What right have YOU to say what girls should look like? My whole young adult life I was taught that the right boys will like you for you not what you look like What were you taught? That spreading your legs is the only way to get a guy’s attention?I dug in my heels “You want to help? Stay away from me”He brushed a curl off my face “Love the hair Love when it’s out of control It’s like seeing a side of you that needs to come out often” Every time Nora tells him to fuck off he comes back with a compliment on her physical appearance that’s loaded with innuendo This reinforces the rape culture of the book Nora’s saying no but she’s being reasonably polite and Patch is ignoring her rejections“You sound worked up Really worked up No that’s not it You sound agitated flustered aroused” I could feel her eyes widen “He kissed you didn’t he?” What the fuck Vee? First of all it’s none of your business Second of all kisses do not always lead to arousal Third it’s none of your fucking business Fourth how the fuck do you tell if someone is aroused over the phone? Fifth it is none of your fucking business And sixth how do you know when your best friend is aroused when she’s never been around anyone she’s found attractive before? Did you two watch porn together one time? Do you discuss what makes you horny and how your voices sound when that happens? Or are you secretly in love with Nora?Every other time I’d felt that way it was because Patch was nearThe voice of reason uickly extinguished Patch’s involvement If every other time you’d felt that way Patch was involved how can you logically rule out his involvement? How does this literally work? How does your brain work Nora? “When I’d punched myself in the face it hurt But the voice of reason told me my face didn’t hurt because I’d punched it” MALARKY Cause and effect Causation and correlation Fucking dumbass How the hell are you fit for an Ivy league school? “You’re an attractive girl I imagine there must be some interest from the opposite sex” This counts as sexual harassment from yet another adult How is this appropriate? Yes I do know who Miss Greene turns out to be but still if my councillor asked me this uestion I’d put in a formal fucking complaintNot one part of me felt comfortable with the idea of Vee spending time alone with Jules because he was close friends with Elliot Oh Nora you are so fucking lucky people don’t judge you because of who you hang around with you shallow fucking bitch In fact I was pretty sure Australia had no diamonds Period BAHAHAHAHAHA And you think you deserve an Ivy league scholarship?Deep inside I didn’t believe Patch was the guy behind the ski mask Maybe he had dark disturbing secrets but running around in a ski mask wasn’t one of them How the fuck do you know? You don’t know him at all Or maybe it’s just because he’s so hot that he couldn’t possibly attack you – except the he does Over and over and over again Nora you really are fucking stupid“We need to ask you both a few uestions” he continued He pointed for me to take a seat on my bed but I shook my head numbly “Have you recently broken up with a boyfriend?” Fuck Why are all the adults so interested in Nora’s romanticsex life? This is not normal She’s sixteen Adults prefer to pretend sixteen year olds don’t have sex at all“I’m sorry but Elliot? A murderer? He’s like the nicest guy I’ve ever met” And you Vee Sky are the most selfish ignorant stupid bitchiest dumbass characters I’ve ever read in the history of YAI was feeling a lot relaxed Patch was warm and solid and he smelled fantastic Like mint and rich dark earth Nobody had jumped out at us on the ride home For the first time all day I felt safeExcept that Patch had cornered me in a dark tunnel and was possibly stalking me Maybe not so safe This is an actual uote It’s like Nora’ schizophrenic or something “Patch is SO hot except he might be stalking me and I’m not safe and he’s SO dangerous but that just makes him even hotter” I have never in my whole life ever known a girl to find a guy she’s afraid of attractive“When I was in high school I only offered rides to girls I was interested in Let’s carry that a step further What’s your relationship with your bio partner outside the classroom?” Yet another example of all the adults’ inappropriate interest in Nora’s sexuality sexual history romantic life and sex lifeI could not accept that Patch would hurt Marcie Marcie wasn’t the nicest person and she’d acuired than a handful of enemies A few of those enemies might be capable of brutality but Patch wasn’t one of them Senseless beating wasn’t his style WHAT? It’s EXACTLY his style He’s a creepy stalker who sexually harasses and assaults you and you LIKE it you crazy bitch and then you get all up on your high horse because you think he’s too good to beat someone up? YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HIM“Sorry I already have plans”“Let me change your mind” Yet another one of the very numerous examples where a male assumes Nora’s very definite ‘no’ means ‘take me I’m yours’“He dragged me out the front door and shoved me against the house”“But he was drunk right?” Ladies and gentlefolk Vee Sky Official worst best friend ever Defending a guy she doesn’t even know against assaulting her best friend because he’s drunk Oh well that’s okay then Maybe if Elliot happened to be driving drunk and killed a toddler and its mother because he ran onto the pavement Vee would forgive him as well because he has issues and was drunkHe leaned close and spoke in confidential tones “We get a lot of folks who don’t want their extracurricular activities traced if you know what I mean” Yet ANOTHER example of an inappropriate comment made by an adult to a minor What planet is Fitzpatrick from?My head spun faster and I could feel my pulse beating in my temples I’d felt this heart pounding panic before I needed my iron pills All this malarky with the iron pills Nora has anaemia She has to take iron pills or she’s in danger of like fainting or something Prescription iron pills This is complete bullshit I have anaemia I buy my iron tablets off the shelf If I forget to take them I get a bit lethargic tired lose energy and concentration and as a personal side effect my lips get very dry broken and unkissable which is why I always use lip balm There is only danger of fainting from low iron if it’s chronically low and Nora doesn’t show any other symptoms like shortness of breath lethargy chest pain palpitations fatigue or cold skin It’s not even essential that I take my iron tablets and I certainly don’t feel the lowness of iron in my blood the way experienced diabetics can feel low blood sugar Anaemia is not going to kill me if I forget to take a couple of tablets it’s simply inconvenient Fitzpatrick has given Nora an inconvenient ‘illness’ in the hopes that it makes her weak in her time of greatest need And it fails And now just because I’m being especially picky iron tablets are best taken with vitamin C which helps to absorb it not ‘whenever I feel like the iron count in my blood is low’ Which by the way we totally can’t tellIn the kitchen I saw my bottle of iron pills on the counter and I immediately went for them popping the cap and swallowing two with a glass of chocolate milk I stood in place a moment letting the iron work into my system feeling my breathing deepen and slow What the fuck? Just what the actual fuck? You can’t feel the iron working its way into your blood Just NO That’s NOT how it works You don’t feel any different at all This is complete bullshitJules was dead Elliot was almost dead Who had killed them? Who was left? I tried to make sense of what was happening but all reason had left me Nora you never had any reason Let’s think about this Jules is dead Elliot is almost dead Only Patch and Vee are still wandering the school Logically it’s gotta be one of them Unless it was secretly you Why can’t you just admit that you think Patch is capable of this violence? Look I know Jules is screwing with you but really You can’t even consider for one moment that maybe Patch the psycho stalking sexual harasser and assaulter is responsible for such violence? Cos the moment you outright accuse him and then find out he’s not would be AWESOMEAll the knots in my body seemed to come undone My eyes moved out of focus Jules’s face was like an Impressionist painting—blurred around the edges lacking detail Blood drained from my head and I felt myself start to slip off the chair I’d felt this way enough times before to know I needed iron Soon That has never happened to me and I have gone weeks without taking any iron supplements You know what? This book makes me want to punch myself in the face Nora should be diabetic not anaemic One of my best mates is diabetic and when she was learning to read her own body she’d do stuff like that on the way to a coma from low blood sugar We made her drink this special glucose syrupy thing and she was fine BTW We’re not horrible friends who just let our best mate go into a coma before our eyes Iron does not magically fix the body when you think you’re going to faint“I’m still in there a prisoner inside my own body living every moment of it” he said in a grinding tone “Do you know what that feels like? Do you?” he shouted What the heck is up with this dialogue tag? Tacked on to the end like a bad apology Although Fitzpatrick had generally a fine techniue I’m inclined to believe that came about solely because of the multitude of edits this book would have gone through And they missed this clumsy piece of writing I absolutely hate it when authors write “Blah blah blah” he said “Blah blah?” he shouted It just doesn’t work For the love of god I’d prefer a bloody interrobang to an extra dialogue tag This may be one of the only times I have an issue with Fitzpatrick’s techniue but it still bothers me hide spoiler


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