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Sixteen-year-old Nora Grey struggles to face the truth while coping with having a fallen angel boyfriend named Patch and unraveling the mystery surrounding her father's death.

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Crescendo (Hush, Hush Saga #2)

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Nora Grey struggles to face the truth while coping with having a fallen angel boyfriend named Patch and unraveling the mystery surrounding her father's death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606236829
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,358,689
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Becca Fitzpatrick
Becca Fitzpatrick
Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. Her first novel, the YA thriller Hush, Hush, was published in 2009.

Biography

Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. Her first novel, the YA thriller Hush, Hush, was published in 2009.

Good To Know

Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Becca Fitzpatrick:

  • "My first job entailed spending a summer working in a cornfield in Nebraska. I remember three things about the job: scorching heat, bugs (oh, the bugs!) and playing volleyball during lunch break. My job description included wandering up and down endless rows of corn and sticking small paper envelopes over the immature ears of corn so that they wouldn't become pollinated by the pollen floating around in the air. I think the company I worked for was trying to create hybrid corn to feed cattle, but when I needed a snack, I ate the corn. It was actually pretty good. Every day at lunch, the entire crew would play volleyball for about an hour (two or three when our bosses were out of town). Most of the crew was comprised of guys, which, as you can imagine, I didn't mind one bit. Other than the low pay, it was actually a great job. I could wear my swimsuit and listen to music on my Walkman (I'm showing my age here). My older sister, Heather, worked with me and every day at the end of our shift, we'd stop by McDonald's and buy ice cream cones -- thirty nine cents each. Good times! "

  • "My most noticeable physical trait is, hands down, my hair. It's big, unruly and curly, and you can spot it from a mile away...literally. Six years after I graduated high school in Idaho, I was visiting my husband's family and attending church two thousand miles away in Rhode Island, when a girl came running up to me after the service. She'd gone to high school with me, and said she recognized me from the back based on my hair alone.

    Growing up, I detested my hair. I spent at least an hour every day straightening it, wishing I could make it blend into the crowd, cursing it for being so different. It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I started to appreciate its uniqueness. Different no longer has a negative connotation to me."

  • "I should probably confess that ice cream is my favorite food, and I eat it every night. When I go grocery shopping, I try to buy a new flavor, rather than reverting back to a favorite flavor. I'm on a mission to taste every flavor of ice cream out there! But I will say I have a soft spot in my heart for Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch, Coldstone Creamery's Peanut Butter Cup Perfection and The Pie Who Loved Me, and St. Clair's Banana Nut."

  • "After a long day, my favorite way to unwind is by going running. Not exactly the most relaxing activity, granted, but I always imagine I'm sweating out all the things weighing on my mind. By the time I circle back home, I feel like I've left my cares in the dust. I live in Colorado, and we have some amazing running trails and beautiful scenery. It can be very relaxing and energizing to get out and hit the trails. Of course, I always reward myself with a bowl of ice cream when I finish!"

    <;i>"Writing can be a very solitary profession, and when deadlines are looming, it's tempting to glue myself to my desk, but I try to make sure I get out a few times a month with friends, just so I don't forget what it means to be social. I always look forward to book club, which is made up of my very closest friends in the world. We always meet at a local restaurant or café, order drinks, dinner or dessert, and chat about our book selection. We've had some great discussions over The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Uglies by Scott Westerfield and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The books are a catalyst for discussing what's going on in our personal lives, so while it sometimes feels like I get wrapped up in work, I always know I'll get to catch up with everyone at book club."

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      1. Hometown:
        Fort Collins, CO
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 3, 1979
      2. Place of Birth:
        Ogden, UT
      1. Education:
        B.S. Community Health, April 2001

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    • Posted August 24, 2010

      A nail biting sequel

      My thoughts...Crescendo starts with the mysterious death of Nora's Dad, then quickly picks up where Hush, Hush leaves off. If you have not read Hush, Hush, I recommend you read it before Crescendo.

      Some things did not change between the two books. First, Patch is still shady. I still have a hard time trusting him and I lost my connection with his character. While I want to believe he has Nora's best interests at heart, his actions at times are very hard to swallow. I want to cry into my pillow for the pain he causes her. Secondly, the evil character of Marcie is still around causing havoc. Actually she is ten times worse in Crescendo, if that is even possible. Book two does offer some insight into why she is so cruel.

      Fitzpatrick does a great job of writing Nora's character in this book. She acts her age, making reckless decisions, and speaking without thinking. Her jealousy is written in a way I could relate to, many of us could. Her character also shows quite a bit of growth. She is a lot more confident and street smart.

      Crescendo fills in a lot of blanks from Hush, Hush. These details provide a larger picture of Fitzpatrick's world. Nora is still a magnet for trouble, which takes readers on an adventure. Parts of the story were are scary in a way that makes you want to leave the lights on and check under the bed. The ending of the story surprised me a bit and left me hanging. I am eager to continue reading as Nora is already in a heap of trouble.

      46 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 12, 2010

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      Amazing!!

      I am ashamed to say the original reason I bought the first (hush, hush)book was the amazing cover art. But the book it's self was amazing as well. I read the whole thing in about 1 day. The characters are surprisingly relatable and I must say that PATCH is one "Hawt Piece Of Work!!" Haahaa!! And Nora's best friend Vee... HILARIOUS!!! Becca Fitzpatrick is a fantastic writer and I look forward to see where she will take her series. Becca!! you have a fan for life!! (so far)

      34 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 23, 2011

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      Wonderful

      I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

      31 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 21, 2010

      Absolutely LOVED this book!

      All I can say is WOW! Becca did an awesome job with this book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I could NOT find myself putting this book down. Highly recommended!

      16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 8, 2011

      Hard not to Read in one Sitting!

      Makes Twilight Look Cheesey!

      15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 24, 2010

      more from this reviewer

      Pure Crack. So Good It's....

      Hush, Hush was like crack. I read it in a day--well mostly--and when I finally had put it down and went back to my normal routine, I realized all the flaws the book was equipped with. But, I still loved it. It's like a drug. You know it's not the best thing, but Fitzpatrick knows how to write and you can't resist the fun. It's so simple it's sexy and funny. It's great. Crescendo is the same. When I cracked that baby open (I wasn't expecting it to be so thick!) I went at it with a critiques eye. Again, crack. I was on the last few chapters and I knew I needed to finish my paper. But who wants to write a ten page essay on the War in Afghanistan when you can be reading about sexy Patch? Yea. No one. So here's the thing. Cresecndo has the same formula as Hush, Hush, but different. When you read it, you'll understand. Fitzpatrick just threw in some new things that would leave a "WTFFFFFFFF?" cliffhanger. Actually, it's more like a "I jumped off a cliff and now I'm in mid-air waiting to crash into the bottom..." sorta cliff hangers. REally leaves you going WHY BECCA WHY? But these elements definatly open up a third installment (called TEMPEST) and honestly, I'll be back. My annoyances: I wanted to kill Nora. Like if she were real, I would rip her little whiney tongue out. Some of the stuff she did/said, drove me nuts, but Fitzpatrick needed her to do something, so yea. Can't be helped. My last complaint is half the book leaves you with little plot. I mean, things develop, but mostly you're just observing what Nora is getting herself into. "Let's make Patch Jealous." "Let's do some snooping." "Let's spy on Patch some more." Yea. It's fun because Vee is there cracking off jokes but still. It left me wanting more that way. But it picks up half way and it's great. REad it.

      11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 18, 2010

      A Must Read if you loved Hush Hush

      I was so surprised when I went into B&N on Sunday and saw that Crescendo was already on the shelf. I thought it was going to be released on October 19th. It's only been a day and I have already finished the book. It was that good. I couldn't put it down. I had to keep turning the pages. It was suspenseful and had to you really torn as to what and who you should believe. I cannot wait until Tempest comes out next year. What an ending...I was not expecting to be left hanging like that. I must have read Hush Hush at least 3 times and I know I will re-read Crescendo as well.

      9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 5, 2012

      An amazing sequel to hush hush!

      I was left jaw dropped by this book. I loved hush hush, but i really enjoyed cresendo. If you are someone who enjoys drama and jealousy have meet a book that delivers on this. This book was filled with suspense and i was unable to put it down. I recommend it to anyone wanting a good read. The only problem was that nora, the main chracter, was a bit hot and cold. One minute she loves patch and wants him at her side, and the next, she wants nothing to do with him. It takes some getting used to, but once you do, you will enjoy the novel to the extreme. Hope this helps.

      7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 6, 2011

      absolutely infuriating

      I actually loved the first book but this is so retarded i had to put it away for a month just to keep from throwing my nook across the room!!the only thing the main character doesn't lack drive, but her drive is headed in the wrong direction.Patch is insane, vee is like a puppy she just follows nora around.what person in thier right mind stalks an angel who by the way shouldn't even be having sex even though he sleeps with what's-her-name-stereo-tipical-school-slut.this book just about killed me. i've never put away a book from frustration with the main character.and another thing, it's one of those books that just confuse,confuse,confuse, and confuse.

      7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 16, 2010

      omg. i met her! i love it! im patchs wife!

      i can't wait!!!! its going to be so awesome. but from the sypnopsis im not gonna be happy that patch will be going with marcie millar. that ****. i love that book to death. its my fav. read it reaid it read it!!!!! it is an absolute must!!!!

      7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 8, 2011

      Very Highly recommended!-Couldn't put it down!

      At the end of Hush Hush (if you haven't read it yet please do) I was left wanting more. As soon as I learned there would be a sequel I knew I had to get it. All of you twilight fans if you read these books the twilight series will seem like childrens stories. Also if you are one of us who is sick of seeing books only about vampires, Hush Hush and Crescendo are a refreshing break from sparkly dead people.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 1, 2012

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      BETTER THAN ALL BOOKS!!!!!!!

      People are talking about that this book is lame. But yall say Twilight is so much better. Twilight doesnt even follow the myth of a true vampire. And COM'ON those fake slangs from otha movies talking about "its like a lion fell in love with a lamb". I could spit that right out of my own shakeshpere book. The Hush Hush series is WAY better than twilight. So think about it. Is it really lame? To me OF COURSE NOT! I LOVED THIS BOOK AND LOVE THE AUTHOR! Keep up the good work Mrs. Fitzpatrick

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 5, 2012

      Patch!

      I LOVE Patch!! He makes me so mad sometimes, though(lol). I can relate to Nora and I like her friend, Vee. Patch is HOT, strong, romantic, cool and sexy. He has swagger, for sure! And, I feel he really loves Nora. I can't wait to read SILENCE!!

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 3, 2012

      Stunning

      This book had me always wondering what was going to happen next. So many twists and turns it would have any reader dying to see what the meaning if everything is. Throughout reading I had formed many questions, curious about what everything was, but by the end of the book everything made sense! Furthermore with the ending it made me quite anxious to get the next book in the saga, Silence.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 15, 2010

      more from this reviewer

      Crescendo is the sequel to the best selling Hush Hush.

      Ms. Fitzpatrick continues the tale of Nora Grey who's coming of age story is more than learning to drive and her first romance she get's an education into fallen angelology 101, where at the end of Hush Hush Nora's love interest Patch a fallen angel gives up what he wants most in the world to save her life. So now instead of being human he's gotten his wings back and has been assigned to Nora. Nora being a typical teenage girl with too high an IQ and too much time alone dreams up a perfect romance between she and Patch and when it seems that it will never be she decides the best thing would be to separate. What Nora doesn't know is that Patch is convinced that she's still in danger and not knowing who are friend and who are foe may just be deadly to Nora, it's up to Patch to save her, but can he.
      In Crescendo Ms. Fitzpatrick gives us a solid sequel to her debut novel Hush Hush with typical teenage angst mixed with otherworldly improbable and impossible to imagine complications which she delivers to her readers with believability in unbelievable situations. Her dialogue could be heard at any video arcade, high school or teen hangout and yet she gives her protagonists a certain air of maturity beyond the other kids in the story. On the subject of her characters, she gives them multi-dimensional facets which makes us want to keep turning the pages to find out more. The romance is in trouble in this instillation of her series and yet even at the height of their problems it's still very clear to her audience that Nora and Patch share the same heart, they just don't know how to make it beat for them (yet).
      Crescendo is marketed as a Young Adult novel but this book will appeal to more than just the 14+ crowd, adults will rush to read it because it speaks to our inner teen. It has been compared to the Twilight series but any serious reader will clearly see the differences and this reader thinks that this series far out shines the other. I don't think it would be appropriate for the teen under 14 and that is a good dividing line.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 26, 2012

      Okay so. Let me start off by saying that I did not like this boo

      Okay so. Let me start off by saying that I did not like this book one
      bit. Normally I wouldn’t write and post a review for a book that I hated
      with such a passion, but I feel like I need to because I loved Hush,
      Hush (book one) SO MUCH. I read Crescendo a few weeks back but I’m still
      finding myself in utter shock over the extreme dislike I have for this
      book. For me, Crescendo was a train-wreak complete with choppy
      storylines and weak characters. Not even Patch could save me from hating
      this book. In book one he was rough around the edges and aloof but
      towards the end, as we got to know him better he really began to open
      up. In Crescendo his character pretty much takes 10 steps backwards. It
      was like nothing happened and his character development poofed along
      with everyone else’s. Although she was never really my “favorite”
      character, in book one I really enjoyed Nora. I thought that she held
      her own pretty well. However she neither had that quality nor any other
      enjoyable or mildly likable quality in Crescendo. Never have I hated a
      female character so much. One moment she’s all heart broken and
      miserable because Patch is being aloof and she can’t stand living
      without him, then other times she’s pissed and wants nothing to do with
      him because he’s cruel. SERIOUSLY. It was like Nora was bipolar with her
      emotions flip-flopping back and forth so many times with little or no
      reason as to why. She’d go from completely despising him to being in
      love with him at the drop of a dime. It was exhausting and quite
      annoying keeping up with her feelings. Then there’s the new character
      Scott. I wanted to so badly to like Scott. After being annoyed with
      Patch from the getgo I had high hopes that Scott would be a sweet boy
      from Nora’s past. My wish was not answered in any capacity. Scott was
      annoying and shifty right from the beginning. I kept hoping that like
      Patch, he was just misunderstood and Nora could be the one to open him
      up. Nope. Instead all we got are a few outings that Scott invites Nora
      to that in which Nora ends up being left alone while Scott takes off.
      Seriously everytime the two got together Scott would just disappear with
      Nora not caring at all. The next day she’d act like it was no biggy
      which felt so fake and unreal. His overall part in the plot made no real
      sense and added nothing to the story. I have no problem with
      Fitzpatrick’s writing, it’s clean and the pacing is decent but the
      story… well it’s just bad (in my opinion). I can’t even really remember
      what’s going on or what has happened because nothing is adding up and
      everything is mashed together. I won’t be reading book three because
      Crescendo has completely turned me off from the series. My last solace
      would have been the characters, but like I said, I’m turned off from
      them as well.

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 2, 2010

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      review taken from One Book At A Time http://onebooktime.blogspot.com

      It's been awhile since I read Hush, Hush. But, I remember really enjoying the story and wanting more. The author has done a great job creating a story were you can't wait until the next one. Crescendo was everything Hush, Hush was and more! In fact, I've been struggling with myself on giving it 5 or 4 butterflies. I truly loved this book.

      I feel for Norah immensely in this one. She's struggling with finding the truth about her father's death. She struggles with her relationship with her mom. But, most of all she struggles with her relationship with Patch. And this I really identified with. Fitzpatrick has done an amazing job making this feel very real. In fact, I think all the relationships in the book are one of the things that make this story fantastic. Take away the supernatural elements of this story an it could be about any teenager anywhere.

      But the supernatural also adds to this story. I loved learning about Patch and his problems with being a guardian angel. There were so many times I thought he was just being an a$$, but there were actual reasonings behind all of his actions. He was trying to protect himself and Norah. By the end of the book, I was in love his character. I was floored by the ending. I never suspected for one minute what was really going on (although I also didn't believe what the story was trying to make you think either).

      So, I highly recommend Crescendo to those who have read Hush, Hush. And if you haven't...maybe you should. I think you might be missing out on a great series (and PATCH!)!!

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 27, 2010

      OMG

      Anyone who is reading this has to get this book. Compare twilight to this well twilight doesnt have a chance and i swear if patch and marcie get together i wont be a happy camper.Nora and vee put together is soooo funny i literaly read this in three hours.If you dont get this book than you obviously dont know what you'er missing. becca, THANK YOU for such a hot book!!!!!

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 20, 2013

      Great

      Awesome series. I reccomend you read them in order to get the full effect. I loved them all

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 2012

      I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

      One of the best books ever! :)

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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