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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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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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 s...
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!** 

posted by TheLifeofaBookAddict on March 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Loved it

    Definite page turner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    This is very good! I literally could not even put the book down!

    A must read!

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    Posted July 16, 2013

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