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It's a Twilight rip-off, so you already know you cannot expect anything decent out of this. And yet, Hush Hush manages to be worse than the book it's ripping off within three chapters.
Patch is an obnoxious, self-righteous, manipulative, self-centered and pompous stalker, who delights in making Nora feel humiliated.
Nora herself is a supposedly poor, supposedly bookworm-ish and supposedly anemic lead, who can't figure out that she should be more annoyed that a guy is stalking her, rather than the fact that he asked her the horribly inapporpriate question of where her father is.
The rest of the characters? Don't matter. Half of them are mind-manipulated by Patch, anyway, and the rest are so forgettable, they can't even be called cardboard stand-ins.
This romance is disgusting. According to Fitzpatrick, this story is supposed to be about what it would be like, if you encountered a person who immediately repulsed you, but at the same time you found physically and sexually attractive. This fails horribly: Patch's personality is horrible and his good looks, which are supposed to be what is attracting Nora the most, are so rarely mentioned, you forget that it's supposed to be a thing.
The other fact is that this story was apparently made because Fitzpatrick remembered a humiliating moment in high school and then decided to crank that scene Up to Eleven and make that the starting, focal point of the romance of her two leads.
I personally think Fitzpatrick needs to let her high school memories go. This book is atrocious and I cannot believe that this PoS got sequels.
Don't read this tripe. Not even if you think, 'Oh, it involves angels and fallen ones, which I like' because they have so little to do with any proper mythos, it's disgusting to read. There is no reason for this to involve angels. This is Fitzpatrick, trying to tell herself that her bad high school experience would have been okay, had she had a hot bad boy as her boyfriend back then.
Seriously. Stay away from this. Unless you want to use it as an example of how to not write a story.
I don't know how it got published in the first place. What makes it even worse than Twilight is the fact that people — Vee, Coach — actively push her toward a person who makes her visibly uncomfortable. I rolled my eyes at Twilight, but Hush,Hush (which I only read a spork of) made me feel physically ill. Add in that Fitzpatrick somehow manages to be an even worse writer than Stephenie Meyer, and I wonder just who she knew in the publishing industry, and what she had to do to blackmail them into publishing this shit.
Yeah. The forced Amateur Sleuth parts are stupid (A bomb threat? YOU CALLED IN A BOMB THREAT!? I'm not American, the worst one of my school has ever had was a small fire one time that made them let us go home early and finding used needles in the bathroom - this school was close to central station and people liked to go into school and just shoot there, apparently - yet even I know that a bomb threat is not something you just dismiss)
Not to mention, Nora herself keeps talking about how SCARED she is of Patch, how she doesn't like being in his presence - apparently, Fitzpatrick wanted to go with the idea of 'being physically attracted to someone who utterly repulses you otherwise'. While that idea makes sense, I never see anything about Nora that makes me think she finds Patch hot. Any mention of his nice looks feels like it's shoved it to justify her attraction. (Maybe it's me, but even if I found a guy attractive, if he acted like Patch around me, that guy would have a restraining order in his face and my knife in his gut, because he obviously isn't acknowleding the restraining order. I would not be okay around him, just cause 'He is hot')
I wonder what publishers think of their reputation when getting this stuff out. Do you REALLY want to be known as 'that publisher that brought out that horror-labelled-as-a-romance story of the abusive relationship'?
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