Saturday, March 6, 2010

Speak out Saturdays

Controversy in the YA market . . .

I was going to post on how we are losing our humanity today, but I'll push it off for next Saturday. Sorry . . .

I feel that this is more important!

Shanna posted someone's review on Hush Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick. I feel it is urgent that you read.

Please leave your thoughts here, I'd love to know what you think about it!

Follower Friday Guest is Jeannie Campbell!


  1. Strangely enough, I just finished reading this book only moments before signing into Blogger tonight, and I couldn't resist adding my opinion. I didn't like Hush, Hush, but I could see why others did. I thought the premise of fallen angels was interesting. I could see the cliched bad-boy appeal of Patch at the beginning, and there were a few moments that piqued my interest though they never packed the punch I hoped they would. The plot line was predictable--I knew who the real bad guys were 100 pages before the ending-- and the dialogue and female characters were just silly. That's only my opinion from a writer's point of view. As a mother, I wouldn't let my teenage daughter read this book. The whole bad-boy-as-the-leading-man premise in literature is supposed to work because the reader learns that his character is good deep down and he redeems himself before the story's end. I didn't get that from Patch. His benevolent gesture toward Nora at the end of the book did not ring true to me. I didn't see him experience a real change of heart, and I didn't feel any authenticity in his good deed. I could see the author working behind the curtain trying to make her hero seem like a hero because that's what she had to do for the reader to experience a satisfying ending. I don't think kids need more exposure to sex and violence. I also don't think that young girls need to see the girl they are vicariously living through in the book making stupid, reckless choices again and again, as though that is okay. There were so many bad behaviors being excused away in this story, I would not recommend it for teenagers. (Living in a houseful of young adults, I think they're too smart for it anyway.) And why is it named Hush, Hush? I never saw the title as being relevant to the story. I'm sorry if my opinion isn't popular, but at least it's honest.

  2. Thanks for the heads up Elizabeth. I don't like negative reviews, but your link is an exception and I believe it was written in good taste.

  3. Hello Anonymous! I really appreciate your thoughts here. I can see how, in human nature, we tend to gravitate to dark things. Maybe that can be the appeal of this book and its series.

    I don't like how the girls are portrayed in this book. There are real life instances for these kinds of things and I think that's how the title fits.

    When abuse of any kind happens in a home, the parents say, "Shhh! this is a family secret. don't tell anyone dad hits you." Or whatever goes on. Maybe that's why it's called Hush Hush.

    I believe that if Becca wanted to turn it into something with a moral behind it, it wasn't clear enough. Patch is horrible the whole way through and makes him look appealing. Something that is, in all honesty, not.

    I feel it should be in the Adult section and should never have been allowed into the YA market to begin with.

    (Sorry, Becca--it's too dark for my teen, too.)

    Hi, Michelle... I thought it was important enough to bring to life for those who care what their teens read. <3 Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Hello, Elizabeth-I already e-mailed you some of my thoughts on Hush, Hush.

    But I also wanted to let you know I picked you for an award.

  5. Hey David!
    I've read your e-mail! Thank you. I'll e-mail you back when I get a chance. It's been a crazy day today. Ugh...

    Thanks for the award! I'll get it when I get back home!

  6. I am next on the list at the library, so I'll read the review afterward and give you my thoughts.

  7. *shuddering*

    Okay, Jonathan, let me know what you think of that...


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