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Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick There was very little I liked about this book. My initial reaction was "I hated it" but that's not entirely true. However, I honestly believe it's one of the worst pieces of fiction I've ever read. Strong statement? Maybe. Right now though, I truly believe it.I normally write down my immediate thoughts upon finishing a book. My reaction (read: anger) was so strong this time, I decided to wait about 24 hours and see if I felt the same way. I do.This book infuriated me. Nora is the stupidest, weakest protagonist I've ever encountered. Ever. And! These qualities were unintentional, which is quite unfortunate. She's intended to be intriguing and pure...no. Just...no. She's pathetic and makes no sense. Much like the plot.I was initially interested because I liked the idea of fallen angels. It's a refreshing change from the usual topic in YA lately, if you know what I mean. Too bad that aspect has little to nothing to do with the plot. You wait and wait and wait and then FINALLY at the VERY end do we get any insight on the mythos at all. Unfortunately, all that waiting isn't even rewarded because the explanations are sloppy, poorly researched, and overall unsatisfying.The angel himself is a whole other issue. He's greedy, manipulative, misogynistic, and cruel. One minute he's all "in love" and the next he's completely psychopathic. He's not the only character with such erratic behaviour. Elliot suffers a very unmotivated personality change into a very stereotypical creep. It's seriously out of nowhere, and only happens to further the plot....excuse me, the "plot".Back to the "plot". It's pretty much 3/4s of an annoying back and forth between Nora and Patch who have no real chemistry or any reason at all to even be attracted to one another. That's followed by a bunch of angel mythology that's been slapped in clumsily at the end to tie up those dratted loose ends.Speaking of the end. I nearly threw the book. All the conveniences, the complete lack of consequence, the completely unsatisfying resolution...UGH. I just did not see the point of anything that happened. Really. I didn't care about Nora, or her mom, or Vee, or Patch, or Elliot, or ANYONE. I actually took the side of Jules, the supposed villain. He had been completely violated and manipulated repeatedly by Patch AND was a relative of Nora's and she STILL chose Patch over him. What the actual fuck?In summary: Awful book, terrible characters, no plot, mediocre writing....pathetic. The cover IS gorgeous, though.