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Hush, Hush

Angel-human romance not nearly as heavenly as the cover.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

Nora's mother works out of town and leaves Nora alone for days on end so they can afford the mortgage. The discussions of fallen angels and the Nephilim quote both the Bible and more esoteric religious texts such as the Book of Enoch. There is no corresponding discussion of the Judaic or Christian religion or others. Nora falls for Patch and it is supposedly a great romance although Patch repeatedly admits he wants sex.

Positive role models

Patch is Nora's first boyfriend, and she is naive and gullible where he is concerned. No real redeeming characters to speak of.

Violence

Nora reveals early that her father was shot to death. She is attacked multiple times by a person wearing a ski mask and dressed in black. A "bag lady" is murdered because she is wearing Nora's coat. Nora's best friend is attacked and assaulted. Nora's house is broken into.

Sex

Book centers on a deviant race created when fallen angels mate with human females. Lots of discussion of angels who want to have sex with human females, but main character -- a sophomore in high school -- only makes out with her angel. In a prologue a young man has sex with a farmer's daughter in 1595; he pays her with silver.

Language

Pretty mild: "slut" and "skank" are the worst it gets.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Two male characters drink and/or are drunk. When Nora's best friend is assaulted and lands in the hospital she talks for three pages about enjoying the drugs there.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a confusing book. Not simply a supernatural romance like Twilight, it quotes from the Old Testament in the Bible and other religious texts; this information will baffle non-religious teens and likely insult those who are religious. Twilighters will no doubt be drawn to the cover art with a beautiful young male angel falling from the sky with broken wings. Sex is the heavy-handed theme throughout the book and it makes the innocent, naive character of Nora hard to take seriously. She is also attacked repeatedly by someone in a mask and someone wearing her coat is murdered.

What's the story?

Nora is a sophomore in high school who falls hard for a mysterious new boy in her sex-ed class. But strange things begin happening, and when she finds herself in danger she can't help but suspect him. She is stalked and then attacked by someone dressed in black and wearing a ski mask; her best friend Vee is attacked. Nora suspects two other boys they recently met, but her friend suspects Patch. Then there is the suspicious new therapist digging into Nora's life. When a homeless person is murdered while wearing Nora's coat and her bedroom is ransacked, the danger escalates, but Nora can't avoid the feelings she has for Patch. As she learns more about fallen angels and a deviant race called the Nephilim, she gets closer to Patch and to unravelling the mystery.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's oh, so promising on the outside and so disappointingly creepy and confusing on the inside. It contains Bible verses, quotes from esoteric religious texts, angels lusting after human females, and lots of violence mar this supernatural story. There are numerous plot points borrowed from Twilight, but much more violence -- and Nora has none of Bella's intelligence. Her great romance with Patch is marred by his repeated admissions of lust for her and other human girls in his past. He wants dearly to become human, but we are never sure why, other than to have sex with them. There are many opportunities to offend readers, and at the least to confuse the heck out of them, even readers familiar with the more standard lore of the orders of angels.

The adults are mostly absent. The plot rushes from attack to attack. The characters are not developed enough to really engage with them. Sorry, Twilighters, this isn't the next big thing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the quotes from the Bible and the other religious texts. They are not fictional; which religions do they represent? What are some of the differences between the religions represented in Hush, Hush?

  • There are many popular culture representations of angels in our society. What do they represent? Why do they appeal to us?

  • Nora puts herself in danger many times. What could or should she have done differently?

  • What do our own family values express about angels? Are there any positive portrayals of angels in this book?

Book details

Author:Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre:Fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:October 1, 2009
Number of pages:391

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Parent of a 4, 6, 10, and 14 year old Written byMichelle the Li... July 14, 2010
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byTAG101 February 11, 2010

Perfect for High School and up, lowest being 7th grade

So totally amazing, I'm 15, in high school and this can help you if you are single. Perfect for single girls, especially Patch ;D
Teen, 13 years old Written byErikaErikaErika January 26, 2010

Perfect for all teens

I loooved this book but it is difficult to understand. It has parts of the bible in it so... mabe advanced readers should read it. Overall 4stars
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