The Fever

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The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained ...

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Overview

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."*

*Laura Lippman

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Janet Maslin
Megan Abbott is a seasoned, Edgar Award-winning author with exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl. She is also skilled at turning teenage sexuality into cause for squirming…The Fever is about a clique of high school girls who are harassed by strange, terrifying symptoms. This is not a book about rationally getting to the root of the problem; but about the eroticism and hysteria that run wild in a small town that has no idea what is consuming its young women…Few readers are going to be seriously drawn in by the drama of which high school kid has a crush on which other. It's the book's constant throb of horror that keeps it gripping.
The New York Times Book Review - Hannah Tennant-Moore
[Abbott] is a skilled storyteller, and The Fever is a gripping and unsettling novel.
Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
Abbott’s (Dare Me) thrilling seventh novel takes a peek into the strange, inscrutable minds of teenage girls. Deenie, Lise, and Gabby are the “Trio Grande,” whispering together in the library and giggling late into the night during sleepovers. Their “teen-girl-ness” confounds Deenie’s father, a teacher at their school, and her older brother, Eli, a popular hockey player. When Lise has an unexplained a seizure during class, the girls’ triumvirate is thrown into disarray, and no one seems to have any answers. Everyone from doctors to school administrators are keeping quiet, sending a ripple of fear throughout the school. Almost immediately, other girls start getting sick and the suspicions and hysteria quickly rouse the small town into a fervor. Parents, teachers, and students alike speculate wildly, the rumored causes ranging from stress to mutant viruses, as Deenie tries to find out the truth. Abbott’s adolescents are close to pitch-perfect with their sudden switches between childlike vulnerability and calculating maturity. What the narrative lacks in depth it makes up for in momentum and dark mystery. This is a gripping story fueled by the razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and insecurities of teenage girls. (June)
From the Publisher
"Make no mistake, this is no pulpy teenage tale: It's a very grown-up look at youth culture and how bad behavior can sometimes be redeemed by a couple of good decisions."—Sara Nelson, O, the Oprah Magazine

"A heady tale of high-school drama with grown-up stakes...Abbott's rendering of the power-plays, rites of bonding and twisted loyalties of teenage girls is pitch-perfect. As much as Dare Me is page-turning murder mystery, it is also an ode to the dark side of girlhood friendship and all its twisted loyalties."—Mythili Rao, The Daily Beast

"Megan Abbott has cornered the 'dark desires of teenage girls' territory too, with Dare Me."—Sarah Weinman, Salon

"Megan Abbott has been called the Queen of Noir...Her new novel, Dare Me, is something of a switch for Abbott in that it's about a cheerleading squad, though - trust us - it's still quite hard-boiled...A contemporary novel about a cheerleading squad that somehow manages to be as dark and sinister as any of Abbott's fiction."—Sherryl Connely, New York Daily News

Gillian Flynn
PRAISE FOR DARE ME:

"Lord of the Flies set in a high-school cheerleading squad...Tense, dark, and beautifully written."

New York Magazine
"Dare Me hurtles past the glitter and angst of high-school cheerleading, right to the bruising inner struggles of adolescence."
Joe Gross
"An increasingly addictive noir set in the world of high school cheerleading...Think Bring It On as reimagined by Christopher Nolan."
Maud Newton
"Megan Abbott, an Edgar-winning crime writer, drew inspiration from Lord of the Flies for her sexy and sinister new novel, Dare Me, which lays bare the cruel, confused longings of a group of high-school cheerleaders, and is the perfect way to forget yourself on a turbulent transatlantic flight."
Sarah Weinman
"Megan Abbott has cornered the 'dark desires of teenage girls' territory too, with Dare Me."
Sara Nelson
"Make no mistake, this is no pulpy teenage tale: It's a very grown-up look at youth culture and how bad behavior can sometimes be redeemed by a couple of good decisions."
Mythili Rao
"A heady tale of high-school drama with grown-up stakes...Abbott's rendering of the power-plays, rites of bonding and twisted loyalties of teenage girls is pitch-perfect. As much as Dare Me is page-turning murder mystery, it is also an ode to the dark side of girlhood friendship and all its twisted loyalties."
Kim Hubbard
"Moody thriller...If cheerleaders scared you in high school, you'll finish the haunting Dare Me convinced you were right."
Michele Ross
"A compelling, compulsive read."
Melissa Maerz
"Dark high school thriller...Having won an Edgar for her 1940s-era femme fatale novel Queenpin, Abbott knows how to write a hard-boiled classic in the vein of Raymond Chandler. But what's exciting about Dare Me is how it makes that traditionally masculine genre feel distinctly female. It feels groundbreaking when Abbott takes noir conventions - loss of innocence, paranoia, the manipulative sexuality of newly independent women - and suggests that they're rooted in high school, deep in the hearts of all-American girls. She understands the intensity of female relationships, and she knows that some 15-year-olds can't be best friends until they're willing to destroy the competition."
Sherryl Connely
"Megan Abbott has been called the Queen of Noir...Her new novel, Dare Me, is something of a switch for Abbott in that it's about a cheerleading squad, though - trust us - it's still quite hard-boiled...A contemporary novel about a cheerleading squad that somehow manages to be as dark and sinister as any of Abbott's fiction."
Regan McMahon
"If your image of high school cheerleaders is pretty, perky, healthy, wholesome young women, you may be shocked by the gritty, cutthroat, twisted world of cheer in Megan Abbott's sneaker-noir Dare Me...Abbott knows how to build suspense, drop clues like gum wrappers on a gym floor, and blindside the reader. The twists are the fun part...Abbott is best in the nasty, manipulative dialogue, as Beth controls the squad with her vicious tongue, and in Addy's confused inner monologues, where she relishes any attention from Coach French...Some will be riveted by the complex resolution."
USA Today
"The plot's myriad twists and turns, like the precarious pyramids the cheerleaders perfect, are intriguing and unexpected."
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-07
The lives of teenage girls are dangerous, beautiful things in Abbott's (Dare Me, 2012, etc.) stunning seventh novel.At Dryden High School, 16-year-old Deenie Nash and her best friends Lise Daniels and Gabby Bishop are an inseparable trio. The daughter of Tom, a popular teacher, and younger sister of hockey star Eli, Deenie radiates the typical teenage mixture of confidence and vulnerability. When Lise suffers an unexplained and violent seizure in the middle of class, no one is quite sure how to react. Until another girl and then another exhibit the same symptoms. The rumors seem to spread as fast as the mysterious affliction, which is blamed on everything from a rotten batch of vaccine to female hysteria. Abbott expertly withholds just enough information to slowly ratchet up the suspense until the reader is as breathless as Deenie at the arrival of each new text message or cryptic phone call and the school vibrates with half-formed theories and speculations. Finding herself becoming slowly more isolated with each incident, Deenie must not only sort through the infinitely complex social and emotional issues ignited by the events—she's also dealing with her first clumsy sexual experience—but also the very real fear that something in the town is causing the fits, and it's only a matter of time before she's next. Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy- and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide.
Sarah Weinman
"Megan Abbott has cornered the 'dark desires of teenage girls' territory too, with Dare Me."
Melissa Maerz
"Dark high school thriller...Having won an Edgar for her 1940s-era femme fatale novel Queenpin, Abbott knows how to write a hard-boiled classic in the vein of Raymond Chandler. But what's exciting about Dare Me is how it makes that traditionally masculine genre feel distinctly female. It feels groundbreaking when Abbott takes noir conventions - loss of innocence, paranoia, the manipulative sexuality of newly independent women - and suggests that they're rooted in high school, deep in the hearts of all-American girls. She understands the intensity of female relationships, and she knows that some 15-year-olds can't be best friends until they're willing to destroy the competition."
Mythili Rao
"A heady tale of high-school drama with grown-up stakes...Abbott's rendering of the power-plays, rites of bonding and twisted loyalties of teenage girls is pitch-perfect. As much as Dare Me is page-turning murder mystery, it is also an ode to the dark side of girlhood friendship and all its twisted loyalties."
Regan McMahon
"If your image of high school cheerleaders is pretty, perky, healthy, wholesome young women, you may be shocked by the gritty, cutthroat, twisted world of cheer in Megan Abbott's sneaker-noir Dare Me...Abbott knows how to build suspense, drop clues like gum wrappers on a gym floor, and blindside the reader. The twists are the fun part...Abbott is best in the nasty, manipulative dialogue, as Beth controls the squad with her vicious tongue, and in Addy's confused inner monologues, where she relishes any attention from Coach French...Some will be riveted by the complex resolution."
Joe Gross
"An increasingly addictive noir set in the world of high school cheerleading...Think Bring It On as reimagined by Christopher Nolan."
Sherryl Connely
"Megan Abbott has been called the Queen of Noir...Her new novel, Dare Me, is something of a switch for Abbott in that it's about a cheerleading squad, though - trust us - it's still quite hard-boiled...A contemporary novel about a cheerleading squad that somehow manages to be as dark and sinister as any of Abbott's fiction."
USA Today
"The plot's myriad twists and turns, like the precarious pyramids the cheerleaders perfect, are intriguing and unexpected."
New York Magazine
"Dare Me hurtles past the glitter and angst of high-school cheerleading, right to the bruising inner struggles of adolescence."
Maud Newton
"Megan Abbott, an Edgar-winning crime writer, drew inspiration from Lord of the Flies for her sexy and sinister new novel, Dare Me, which lays bare the cruel, confused longings of a group of high-school cheerleaders, and is the perfect way to forget yourself on a turbulent transatlantic flight."
Sara Nelson
"Make no mistake, this is no pulpy teenage tale: It's a very grown-up look at youth culture and how bad behavior can sometimes be redeemed by a couple of good decisions."
Kim Hubbard
"Moody thriller...If cheerleaders scared you in high school, you'll finish the haunting Dare Me convinced you were right."
Gillian Flynn
PRAISE FOR DARE ME:

"Lord of the Flies set in a high-school cheerleading squad...Tense, dark, and beautifully written."

Michele Ross
"A compelling, compulsive read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316231053
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 26,802
  • Lexile: HL800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    After reading this book, I know one thing with certainty - I nev

    After reading this book, I know one thing with certainty - I never want to go to high school again. Some girls can just be mean and I don't miss all the drama that hovers around them.

    Having teenagers of my own, I felt that the author did an excellent job of portraying them realistically. I especially enjoyed how Deenie's father and brother regarded teenage girls as mysteries, not understanding their motivations or actions. Tom was certainly believable as a single father and I could identify with his worries, fears, and protective instincts for his children. I also liked the author's writing style and varying POV's in the story.

    Something I think was mentioned too often was the HPV vaccine. I began to feel like I was listening to a public service announcement and thought about putting the book down for good. The girls' nearly constant talk about sex was also somewhat tedious. After all the hysteria from the girls, parents, and community, I really expected a more surprising ending. One of the reasons I kept reading the novel was the hope of some interesting twist or shocking conclusion, but I was disappointed when all was said and done.

    I've read numerous YA books that have also appealed to me as an adult, but I didn't feel like The Fever was one of those books meant for crossover. I see it as much more geared to teenage girls in regards to characterization and complexity of plot and think they would enjoy this novel.

    This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    It was OK but probably won't run out and buy anymore bynher,

    I finished so I could see how it ended .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2014

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite The Fever by Mega

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    The Fever by Megan Abbott is an expose of the way teenage girls' emotions tend to rule their thinking. This tale focuses on Gabby, Deenie and Lise, girlfriends at Dryden High. Lise has a seizure and ends up in the hospital. At school, rumors circulate and emotions run high while everyone speculates on what is wrong with Lise and whether it is contagious. Of the three girls, Deenie is the most sensible. Deenie’s father is Tom, a teacher at the school, and her brother is Eli, a hockey star. Slowly other girls in the school come down with similar symptoms. The police and medical officials arrive at the school, trying to ascertain what is happening at the school and why. When Gabby also falls victim to the strange malady, Deenie falls victim to gossip. 

    Megan Abbott narrates her tale from various points of view: Tom, Eli, and Deenie’s. The Fever is a look at the vulnerability of teenage girls and the histrionic extremes that seem to plague them. It demonstrates the danger of gossip and the way girls use it. Could the HVP vaccine be responsible? Could it be toxin from the lake? I would not have named this book Fever because fever has nothing to do with the book. Mass hysteria would have been a more appropriate title. Deenie feels guilty because her two friends are sick but she isn’t. She fears she is in some way to blame. The Fever is a mixture of Young Adult drama and medical mystery. Unfortunately, we never have a clear picture of why Lise was ill.

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    The Fever is frightening in its realism, as paranoia and fear be

    The Fever is frightening in its realism, as paranoia and fear become panic at a high school in which several young girls suffer from expected post-immunisation seizures.
    The third-person narrator switches between revealing the events from Deenie's perspective, to her dad's and then her brother's, which I initially found unsettling. Megan Abbott also leaves the reader guessing why the whole family is so important, particularly as Deenie is not one of the girl's physically affected. Yet as the story builds, and each character expands on their insight, we realise that the events are far more sinister than a reaction to a HPV injection.
    Megan Abbott's realization of the different teenage girls in the novel is insightful and clever, forcing the reader to examine their thought-processes and psychology. Deenie is sensitive, caring and heart broken about the events involving her best friends, but she also feels a sense of responsibility. Deenie is a difficult character because whilst the reader empathises with her, we also learn of her culpability. Despite Deenie's belief in her friendship with Gabby I never felt she was trustworthy, instead she is influenced by Skye, who clearly enjoys control and manipulation. Megan Abbott is able to make everyone appear as suspects, through her intelligent and involved story-telling style which exposes all of the characters' weaknesses.
    Although I was not surprised by the outcome I did enjoy the journey there and I think The Fever would be appreciated by readers who like character-driven plots.
    I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.

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  • Posted October 1, 2014

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    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, B

    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown and Company via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

    DNF @ 23%

    I hated this book. I hated it more than I thought I could possibly hate a book. I am not someone that gives up on a book very often but this needed to be one of those times. I only read 23% of the book and I tried to push forward but it just was not to be.

    Why did I hate this book?

    I did not like way it was written at all. I felt very removed from the story. This third person stream of consciousness from several points of view may work for some readers but I loathed it. I did not like the characters. After reading 23% of the book, I could care less about any of the characters found within its pages. I did not like the use of sex for shock value. Seriously, the only goal for some of the things discussed in this book had to be shock value.

    I want to be clear that I have been a female my entire life and I have never assisted a friend with her tampon and I have never asked for help. I would be happy to go and buy one for a friend but she is on her own when it comes to the actual use of the product. This kind of helping just is not done and reading about it is just gross.

    These were not my only problems with this book. I seriously doubt that the whole school would be so concerned about this especially when only one girl was affected. I really hated how this book read like a Young Adult book but such a focus on sex. Everything from the description of the french teacher to a young man's thoughts regarding her sister. It was just unnecessary and forced.

    Did I like anything about the book?

    The cover is kind of nice. Really that is the only positive thing that I can say. After the cover, the whole thing goes downhill.

    I would not recommend this book to anyone. I told my teen daughter that if anyone tries to give her this book to run in the other direction....fast. This is the first that I have read anything by Megan Abbott and I am pretty sure that this is going to be my last.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

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    3.5/5 5 3.5/5 Megan Abbott's latest book, The Fever, is the f

    3.5/5 5 3.5/5 Megan Abbott's latest book, The Fever, is the first title I've read from this author.

    Abbott starts off her book with a group of girls discussing "The first time, you can't believe how much it hurts." My initial thoughts were okay, teenage girls and sex - this isn't going to hold my attention. But the next chapter changed the way I though the story was going to go - and my interest was piqued.

    Deenie's friend Lise has what seems to be some sort of seizure at school. And then so does another girl - and another. The cause isn't clear - is the polluted lake the teens were swimming in? Is it the vaccination the girls have all had? Is it an STD? Is it...?

    The cause remains a mystery as the the town struggles to deal with more and more girls getting sick. Except Deenie. Beneath that layer, the teens have their own ideas, struggles and sly machinations going on. Secrets are everywhere.

    Abbott tells her tale from multiple viewpoints - that of Deenie, her father Tom (a teacher at the high school) and heartthrob brother Tom. Abbott draws her characters well - these are a pack of teens, not a group of girls. They are backbiting, manipulative and self absorbed, but could they be dangerous as well? Abbot's portrayal of teenagers is by turns frightening and troubling, yet probably very accurate. The addition of an adult perspective from Tom gave the book balance.

    Abbott manipulates the reader as well - snippets of information, connections and background are slowly revealed as every character reveals a little more every time its their chapter.

    Abbott's writing style is excellent and the premise had me eager to get the to end. I was so very curious - what could the cause be? I admit to being slightly deflated by the end result, but had enough warning in the final chapters as what the endgame would be. And I can see why all my young adult pages at the library love her books!

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    I picked this book because I just loved the cover art. It was a

    I picked this book because I just loved the cover art. It was also mention on the Today show as a good "beach" read. But, after struggling to read this I found no real reason to read this other than to find out what actually happens. Overall the writing was good, but not what I expected at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Blunt and weird.

    I found this book hard to believe.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    This had to be Megan Abbots best book to date. She captures the

    This had to be Megan Abbots best book to date. She captures the teen experience while adding a layer of suspicion and doubt that cannot be forgotten or denied.
    Taking a current news item , she crafts a novel of depth that is amazing. Teen-age girls who fall into fits for no known reason-how does this happen? And how can they stop it from happening to all the kids? The ending will and will not surprise you.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Twisted, and entertaining This is the third book I've read by Me

    Twisted, and entertaining
    This is the third book I've read by Megan Abbott, (in addition to The End of Everything and Dare Me), and she is fast becoming one of my
    favorite authors.  She and Gillian Flynn (another one of my favorites) are great at portraying the dark side of the female mind, although I am
    beginning to wonder if both of them were mean girls in high school, or at least victimized by mean girls. This is a fast read, and although some
    of the plot you can see coming, enough of it was surprising to me.  On a final note and public service announcement, I can say that the Gardasil
    vaccine is safe and effective!

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    3.5 stars I had high hopes for The Fever, having read Laura Lip

    3.5 stars

    I had high hopes for The Fever, having read Laura Lippman's recommendation. The publisher's description evoked the Salem witch trials, and I was interested in seeing how Abbott might address the possibility of teenage girl mass hysteria in a modern setting. While The Fever was well-written, its pace dropped off abruptly at about the two-thirds mark, ultimately ending with a thud. Abbott did not take full advantage of the various available explanations for the contagion spreading among the female students of Dryden High School. Instead, The Fever was, at bottom, a conventional thriller, perfect for a summer beach read but devoid of any true depth.

    I received a free copy of The Fever through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Get a free ipad

    Kiss your hand three times then post this on three other books then check under your pillow

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

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    Dark, Intense, Brutally Blunt

    Dark, brutally blunt and slightly chilling, The Fever by Megan Abbott is a journey through family ties, small town paranoia, and the turmoil and viciousness of the high school popularity scale. A mysterious illness is claiming the vitality of a group of teen girls who have one thing in common, Deenie. At a time when angst and insecurities run rampant, at that time just before adulthood, when hormones run rampant and sexuality is new and exciting and out of control, blame is thrown around as to who or what is responsible for the illness that is terrifying the town. Will Deenie be their scapegoat? Can her loving father protect her from the pain of growing up? Will her babe magnet brother recognize the changes going on in Deenie or will she become one of the mysterious creatures he physically enjoys but cannot figure out? Is she becoming a stranger to them just by growing up and wanting to spread her wings? Even the dynamics of her friendships are changing and she struggles to accept these changes. High school has become a laboratory for sexual experimentation and some theorists suggest that it is the HPV vaccines that are causing these mysterious illnesses, some say it’s the environment, the polluted lake, government conspiracies, and the shroud of mystery feels heavy and ominous for all.

    Megan Abbott has gotten into the mind of a teen female and projected their inner thoughts and emotions with frightening clarity. Her ability to twist her plot into huge knots makes following each loop and twist feel like riding a freight train through a mountain tunnel, eerie, chaotic yet moving at a pace that invites savoring the depths of the story, and the darkness of fear. Each page feels like getting closer to the edge of a huge waterfall, the current pulls you along and the inevitable cannot be stopped, then, just as you are prepared to plunge, a new twist steers you to shore, a little shaky, a little unsettled. Ms. Abbott’s characters feel real and are intense in their own right, while the plot keeps you guessing and feeling as off balance as its characters.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

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    There was a plethora of characters in this novel from teachers


    There was a plethora of characters in this novel from teachers to parents to teens; everyone wanted a piece of the action. Did I just say plethora? Something is happening to the teenage girls in this novel and they’re landing the hospital with bizarre symptoms. It started with convulsions while others started to claw at their throats claiming of a lodged foreign object trapped inside as they dug with their fists in their mouths. Others started to seize, faint and get sick, such a collection of symptoms but why only females and why now? It began with Lise and now her close friend Gabby, while performing on stage is not able to control her cello as “her chair skidded loudly, her neck thrown back so far that, in the darkness, it looked like her head had disappeared. For one terrifying instant, gone.” They along with other females of Sea-of-the-Star are being admitted at the local hospital and have the medical team scrambling to find the cause. Is there a connection between these individuals and if so, what is that link? Healthy girls are starting to panic, along with their parents and the school community. There’s talk of an epidemic, there’s accusations of public abuse, everyone wants to point the finger and only a few have some type of a lead to go on. Samples are taken, interviews are conducted and some individuals are getting hysterical. Tempers fly but only a few really knows the answers and I myself, couldn’t believe the outcome.

    Oh, the life of being a high school student. Trying to mange school and the drama with all your friends and your family, it is a juggling affair. In The Fever, I was thrown right back into the mix, yet there is something odd going on with the females in this high school. How something can only effected them had me baffled and I was thinking along the lines of Criminal Minds as they threw out their assumptions to me. Was it the river, could it only effect the females? Could it be the vaccination? Could it be something totally different, yes I can pull a rabbit out of a hat and save the day? The author had me going, tugging me in many directions, as there were a few strings left dangling in front of me. This would have been a good case for Dr. Reid but Megan put everything together and “Maybe we don’t really know anybody, Deenie thought. And maybe nobody knows us.”
    I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Thank you NetGalley.

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