Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Fever, by Megan Abbott

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Synopsis:The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

Thoughts: I was really anxious to read this book from the time I first read the description of it. Unfortunately, reality did not live up to expectation.

What exactly was making all these young girls sick? Was it a virus? Was it a vaccine? Was it something in the lake? The author had so many possibilities laid out for us, making them all seem plausible. But NONE of them were the actual answer (any further information would be a spoiler, so that's all you get, folks!)

I couldn't make myself care about any of the characters, except maybe the main character's father...but even he didn't seem to have that many redeeming qualities as he was written.

I would not recommend this book, not with so many other, more well-written YA novels out there.

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