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Hysteria

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Characters: The whole story is told from Mallory's perspective.

Characters: The whole story is told from Mallory's perspective. She remembers that she killed her boyfriend, but cannot recall why. The circumstances are fuzzy to her and she's blocked out most of what has happened to her. She is working through the pieces slowly as we...
Characters: The whole story is told from Mallory's perspective. She remembers that she killed her boyfriend, but cannot recall why. The circumstances are fuzzy to her and she's blocked out most of what has happened to her. She is working through the pieces slowly as well as trying to move on with her life by attending a new school.

Originality: This book, for me, brought out similar feelings as when I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer books. The main characters has experienced something very traumatic and keeps having flashes or things that could have, or did happen...we aren't sure. She's paranoid, has anxiety and has a hard time trusting anybody.

Writing: The story jumps back and forth from current day into her memories of the day she killed her boyfriend. So we slowly get snippets of that day throughout the story that will eventually lead up to piecing everything together.

Plot: Mallory knows she stabbed her boyfriend, it's been cleared as self defense. But now his mother is stalking her and her parents decide to send her away to school to get out of the situation. But even in a new setting she is still trying to fit together all the pieces. And even worse, theirs a group of kids at the school that have it out for her, and the bodies are piling up.

Krista's Rating: I love horror stories and this book was so much fun to read, I read it in one day and loved how we are just given the tiniest of a hint to what could have happened that night. Also mixed in with a whole new mystery of what is happening with this group at school. Total bonus there is a character named Krista! (I never get to see that) I did get a little confused with part of the plot line when it came to the girls at school and how it was exactly that it was Mallory that gets mixed up with them. (quite a coincidence after everything she's already been through) But even with my confusion I still highly enjoyed this thrill ride and it was dark, freaky and lots of blood.

posted by cubicleblindnessKM on March 15, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Ok

This book was very confusing. While some parts were suspensful, i just didn't follow what was going on. I never even understood if dylan was behind it all or someone else, and what about her relationship? Fracture was amazing, but this book just felt too rushed and miss...
This book was very confusing. While some parts were suspensful, i just didn't follow what was going on. I never even understood if dylan was behind it all or someone else, and what about her relationship? Fracture was amazing, but this book just felt too rushed and missing important details.

posted by Anonymous on April 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    It was okay

    It had its moments but not one of my favorites

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    Well, well, well. This was at least something a little different

    Well, well, well. This was at least something a little different. Part mystery, part suspense, and part psychological thriller, I was captivated yet thoroughly confused by this story. So much so, I still can’t figure out whether I loved it or hated it. I feel rather “meh” about it, actually. In the end, everything makes sense once you get the complete picture, but to get to that point you first have to survive a somewhat tiresome journey with a very exasperating protagonist who tends to run from the merest mention of confrontation.

    The main thing I did enjoy about Hysteria is that it is loaded with mystery and suspense. You don’t know why Mallory killed Brian. This is only revealed near the end when everything comes together. The author did a magnificent job keeping the reader guessing as to whether Mallory is being haunted or whether she’s just plain crazy. To complicate matters even more, add in three evil girls, a psychotic boy, a stalker, Mallory’s parents’ fear of her, and everyone at her new prep school keeping their distance from her, and you have a hotbed of creepiness and tension to see you through to the end of the book.

    It seems I’ve read quite a lot of books since the start of this year in which the characters and I struggle to form a connection. With that said, Hysteria is no exception. Mallory was such a depressing character I felt as though I was swathed in a dark cloud of doom while reading her story. On the bright side, that gloominess added to the atmosphere in the book. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters, but what stood out for me was the close bond between Mallory and her best friend, Colleen. They have a friendship I envy, and that friendship is their saving grace for both of them when push literally comes to shove. I also felt good about how things turned out for Mallory and her mother when she needed her most.

    There’s a little romance, but nothing to write home about. Of course, I was grateful that the romance formed only a miniscule part of the story.

    Apart from it being an entirely confusing read, my other issue with Hysteria is that it builds up the anticipation to the point where you’re starting to lose patience; and once all the plot points starts forming the larger picture, the big reveal is rather anticlimactic and that was hugely disappointing for me because after all that build-up, I expected something spectacular. 

    Thankfully this is a stand-alone and not the first in a series. It would’ve been a disaster if the author chose to drag it out even more. If you’re new to mysteries and thrillers, this might be a book you’ll enjoy. The writing is good and the suspense is riveting. Though Hysteria ended up disappointing me with its mediocre big reveal, it is still a book I’d recommend to readers of the YA genre, and I’ll certainly read more of Megan Miranda’s books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    Mallory ends up killing her boyfriend in self-defense, but she c

    Mallory ends up killing her boyfriend in self-defense, but she cannot remember how things lead up to that incident or why she would go so far as to kill him.
    “I knew how I was supposed to feel when I was with him. Well, I knew what I was not supposed to feel. I wasn't supposed to feel anxious. Not tense, either. Or maybe I was. Maybe this was normal. I didn't know. So I let him whisper in my ear and put his hands on my hips. And I listened to him list the ways in which I was slowly killing him. 

    None of which turned out to be the actual way that I killed him.” 
     -Megan Miranda, Hysteria

    So she gets shipped off to a private school called Monroe and tries to forge as normal of a life there as she can. Things however do not stay normal because she constantly feels a presence following her everywhere. And soon Mallory’s roommate is killed using the same Mallory’s knife, so naturally everyone thinks she did it.
    I did think it was strange that her parents sent her to a boarding school away from home. I kept wondering why they did not try and get her help, like a therapist or something.
    Hysteria was a quick absorbing read that I easily got into. The flashbacks that were scattered throughout the story were a nice glimpse into the night she was with her boyfriend.
    It was a good mystery that had me questioning everything and everyone, to see if I could figure things out myself. The ending I definitely did not see coming and when I think about it, I am still questioning the true motive behind it all.
     

    ** I received this book from Bloomsbury Children’s Books in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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