Angels. They’ve been creeping up on the entertainment world through books and movies, and audiences are more than accepting. What’s the best kind of angel to tell a story about? A fallen one. It’s easier to relate to them because they’ve made mistakes, and if they’re willing to repent, then readers are willing to forgive. Becca Fitzpatrick flew to the top of the YA fiction genre with her debut novel, Hush Hush, which is the first book of the matching titled saga and was published by Simon & Schuster.
Nora Grey has her sights set on the top. Straight A’s, Ivy League school, good job, etc. She’s never really been interested in boys, unlike most 16-year-old girls, and barely tolerates the boy-crazy behavior of her best friend, and complete opposite in every way, Vee Sky. Because science is her weakest subject, Nora has to work extra hard in her biology class. However, this proves to be difficult when the teacher switches the seating chart and places Nora with Patch.
Not much is known about the new kid. He doesn’t talk, doesn’t have any friends, and doesn’t seem to mind his isolation. Well, at least he didn’t until he came in contact with Nora. Now it seems that every time she turns around, he’s there, waiting to drop some remark that repulses her…and excites her. Not known for her love of danger, Nora is completely thrown when she realizes her attraction to, and fear of, Patch is growing. Couple this unbalance with several incidents that make Nora believe she’s being stalked, and her world is about to turn upside down.
Patch is everything people want in a bad boy with a soft side: he’s devilishly handsome, charming, witty, and has a penetrating stare. Nora, on the other hand, is not your typical heroine. She’s not falling for him immediately, and she’s not a girl with a heart of gold. She has flaws. She’s judgmental, and not a little self-righteous. In the beginning of the story, one has the sense that she’s a little full of herself, which is a bit of a turn off to the reader. But, as the story moves along Nora begins to loosen up and the reader is able to get a clearer picture. The mythology that Fitzpatrick has used in her version of fallen angels is familiar, but different enough to make the story her own.
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