The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy Series #1)
  • The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy Series #1)
  • The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy Series #1)

The Hollow (Hollow Trilogy Series #1)

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by Jessica Verday
     
 

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When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident.

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When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
For the high school students who have fallen in love with the supernatural, Verday's first novel will sweep them away. This is a ghost story set in the heart of America's first ghost story, Sleepy Hollow. Each chapter begins with quotes from Washington Irving's famous story and details from the actual setting and story are intertwined with the developing love story between Abbey and Caspian. Abbey's best friend, Kristen, drowns in a tragic accident that no one can explain. Did she slip? Did she hit her head? Why was she walking under the bridge? Even the secret journal Abbey finds gives no indication of Kristen's intent that night. Abbey and Kristen often walked through the cemetery in Sleepy Hollow and now Abbey befriends the caretaker and his wife while she visits her friend's grave. Abbey's loss and despair is lessened by meeting the charming, and devastatingly handsome, Caspian Crane. Having already graduated from nearby White Plains, Caspian has secrets of his own but Abbey finds a soul mate in him, someone who understands the loss that threatens Abbey's mental health and well being. How can she be who she wants to be without Kristen? Abbey's ambition is to become a businesswoman. She dreams of parlaying her interest and talent in making perfumes into her own local store, but college is on the mind of her parents and she cannot seem to talk to them about any alternative. She never has had many friends and without Kristen she feels the loneliness deeply. Caspian brings friendship and romance into a life torn by tragedy and high school angst. Having met these haunting haunted characters, readers will no doubt be lining up for the story's continuation. Reviewer: JanisFlint-Ferguson
VOYA - Amy S. Pattee
This debut novel is the first in a planned trilogy that combines elements of the horror and romance genres. It is told from sixteen-year-old high school student Abbey's first-person perspective as she grieves the disappearance and presumed death of her best friend, Kristen. Abbey mourns Kristen by visiting their favorite local hang outs—the grave of Washington Irving and the banks of the Crane River. She makes the acquaintance of Nikolas, a grandfatherly type and self-described caretaker of the cemetery, and Caspian, a good-looking teen from a neighboring town. While both new friends provide support to Abbey in her grief, the nightmares that plague her and her feeling of isolation at school refuse to abate. When Abbey discovers that Caspian and Nikolas are seemingly inexplicably enemies, she begins to question both men's origins and comes to a dramatic (and spooky) conclusion. Peppered with references to Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and informed by urban legend, this long novel establishes the trilogy's central character and her New York setting and suggests two mysteries: Kristen's disappearance and death and the origins of Caspian and Nikolas. Fans of the Twilight series will be prepared for the novel's epic length whereas fans of romance-tinged horror fantasy will appreciate the novel's incorporation of what would seem to be a doomed love story. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The Hollow opens with the funeral of 16-year-old Abbey's best friend, Kristen, who vanished near the legendary Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and is presumed dead. On the day of the funeral, Abbey is drawn to Caspian, a mysterious young man who comes into and out of her life during the next several months. While she searches for answers to Kristen's disappearance, she meets Nikolas and Katy, the charming caretakers of the cemetery. During a chance visit to a shop in a neighboring town, Abbey discovers Caspian's secret. This inventive tale from a first-time author cleverly interweaves elements of Washington Irving's famous "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" not only in the setting, but also in the characters of Nikolas and Katy. Abbey's narration is heartfelt and authentically written as her emotions fluctuate from grief at Kristen's disappearance to growing romantic feelings for Caspian to raw anguish at learning the truth about him. Unlike many coming-of-age novels, the minor characters aren't given short shrift; instead, Abbey's parents, her classmate Ben, Kristen's mother, and Nikolas and Katy all come vividly to life through unique personalities, characteristics, and pasts. Readers, particularly fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" (Little, Brown) and other supernatural romances, will clamor for the second novel in this trilogy.—Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Verday's debut novel, the first in a planned trilogy, is well-written, but enigmatic and ultimately unsatisfying. Abbey's best friend Kristen is dead, but Abbey knows it couldn't have been suicide as is rumored. Devastated and lonely, Abbey is sleepwalking through her junior year of high school when she meets Caspian, a mysterious boy who tries to help her deal with her grief. He makes her feel giddy and desired, but she's confused and frustrated by their relationship: he runs hot and cold, and he's secretive, too. After Abbey discovers Kristen's hidden diary, she begins questioning how her closest friend could have kept such important secrets from her. The central mystery here is the circumstances surrounding Kristen's death, but little information is gained and nothing is resolved. Caspian is also ambiguous until the last few pages, and there's little supernatural atmosphere despite the focus on Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (Verday's story is set in the same town). The tale unfolds slowly and doesn't lead to a climax, but rather to more questions, which remain left unanswered at the abrupt ending, presumably left to later books. Ages 12—up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
In the wake of The Twilight Saga, another supernatural romance rears its ugly head, this time taking on Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After the death of her best friend, Abbey feels abandoned and alone. She tries distracting herself by creating perfumes, but true distraction comes in the form of Caspian, the "total hottie" she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery. Abbey quickly falls head over heels in love with Caspian, although she struggles with his mysterious and elusive demeanor. Just as things seem like they are back to normal, Abbey makes two discoveries: she finds Kristen's secret diary that reveals she was hiding something from Abbey, and she learns Caspian's true identity. On the verge of a breakdown, Abbey's world slowly begins to unravel when she realizes Sleepy Hollow may hold more truth than legend.

At first glance, Verday's book appears to be overflowing with fabulous potential. The stunning cover art and legendary premise lure readers into thinking this hefty tome is worth the time investment, but the story line drags, disappoints and quickly falls flat. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the obvious catalyst for the story, but other than the setting, Abbey's obsession with the tale, and the quotes that open each chapter, it is unclear as to how the legend relates until the last few chapters. Unfortunately readers might not feel compelled to stick it out to the very end after reading countless pages describing Abbey's mundane activies like mixing scents, baking cookies, organizing her uncle's office or working on a science fair project. Although the book will definitely sell itself, it is not well written and readers may be disappointed. This scheduled trilogy may be a series to pass up if budgets are tight.

——VOYA April 2010

VOYA - Sarah Cofer
In the wake of The Twilight Saga, another supernatural romance rears its ugly head, this time taking on Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After the death of her best friend, Abbey feels abandoned and alone. She tries distracting herself by creating perfumes, but true distraction comes in the form of Caspian, the "total hottie" she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery. Abbey quickly falls head over heels in love with Caspian, although she struggles with his mysterious and elusive demeanor. Just as things seem like they are back to normal, Abbey makes two discoveries: she finds Kristen's secret diary that reveals she was hiding something from Abbey, and she learns Caspian's true identity. On the verge of a breakdown, Abbey's world slowly begins to unravel when she realizes sleepy hollow may hold more truth than legend. At first glance, Verday's book appears to be overflowing with fabulous potential. The stunning cover art and legendary premise lure readers into thinking this hefty tome is worth the time investment, but the story line drags, disappoints, and quickly falls flat. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the obvious catalyst for the story, but other than the setting, Abbey's obsession with the tale, and the quotes that open each chapter, it is unclear as to how the legend relates until the last few chapters. Unfortunately readers might not feel compelled to stick it out to the very end after reading countless pages describing Abbey's mundane activities like mixing scents, baking cookies, organizing her uncle's office or working on a science fair project. Although the book will definitely sell itself, it is not well written and readers may be disappointed. This scheduled trilogy may be a series to pass up if budgets are tight. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416978947
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Hollow Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
167,672
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.36(d)
Lexile:
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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PREFACE

They said she killed herself. Everyone was saying it.

What started out as a rumor, quietly whispered among small gatherings of polite people, quickly grew into something that was openly discussed in large gatherings of impolite people. I was so sick of hearing them talk about it.

They questioned me. Over and over again, trying to find out if I knew what had happened. But my answers didn’t change. Yet it never failed—someone else would ask, as if one day my reply would suddenly be different.

I didn’t know, but I should have … and I’ve been haunted ever since.

© 2009 Jessica Miller

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