Have you ever encountered those Young Adult Fiction books that just have “cliché” written all over them? You know the type, the ones about a supernatural bad-boy meeting and falling in love with a human girl? Well, this is definitely what Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick comes across as. However, this is one of those “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” sort of situations. Yes, this book has a supernatural bad-boy, and yes, he does fall in love with a human girl. This book is anything but cliché, though.
When Nora Grey walks into her Biology class on what seems to be a completely normal day, she is in for a huge shock. This is the day she’ll meet Patch – her new Biology partner. Patch is sexy, mysterious, and everything Nora should avoid with her high potential for the future. However, Nora knows there’s something beneath Patch’s rough exterior. She can sense that there’s something he is hiding from her. What she wants to know, though, is if it’s a good thing, or a bad thing. Nora doesn’t want to fall for Patch without knowing if he has any ulterior motives that he just isn’t divulging.
In attempts to find any little morsel of what sort of life Patch lives, Nora and her best friend, Vee, take on many adventures to explore the world of Patch. Vee gives a little flare to the story – she comes up with the crazy schemes and doesn’t allow Nora to back out! However, Nora doesn’t really realise what she’s walking into as she becomes closer to Patch and his past. There seems to be trouble on the horizon for Nora, and though Patch appears to be protecting her, it is quite possible he is the one causing the trouble. The big question is: will Nora trust Patch blindly in the end when she slips into an entirely different world from her own – Patch’s world?
Hush, Hush has everything that could possibly attract and pull a reader in – suspense, humour, charisma, action, a well thought out plot, and relatable characters. The relationships Fitzpatrick created are so believable that anyone could relate to them. All teenage girls go through that time in their life when they think they’re in love with a bad-boy. And everyone has that one ditzy friend who you wouldn’t trade for a million dollars – well, maybe a million and one. While some of the schemes that Vee comes up with aren’t entirely normal, they’re also not entirely impossible either. I could see someone completely crazy pulling some of them – and completely crazy is how Vee comes across. Yet, she wouldn’t betray Nora for anything. She’d go to the ends of the Earth to protect her friend. And Patch is possibly someone from whom Nora needs protecting.
While Nora is the narrator for this story, Patch is the centre ring of attention. He will keep you laughing with his snarky remarks and have you “aawwing” at times too. Most of the time, though, he’ll render you speechless, just as he does Nora. He is one of the most mysteriously suspenseful characters I have ever encountered in a book. At times he seems like Nora’s best friend, and at others, he seems like her worst enemy. Fitzpatrick definitely keeps you guessing with this one – which is exactly the point. The bad-guy, the one who is behind all of Nora’s trouble, isn’t revealed until almost the very end. And you’ll never be able to guess who it is.
This is such a fantastic read in my opinion. It is one that I will be re-reading sometime in the future because I just can’t get over my Patch-obsessiveness. I doubt any woman who reads Hush, Hush will be able to either. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good surprise and enjoys supernatural fictional romance type stories. And if you love this one, I definitely recommend the entire Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick as well. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.