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Monday, November 30, 2009

It can't compare to "Twilight," but let's face it, nothing can. With that being said, I'd like to introduce our next book, "The Age of Innocence"


Lust. Desire. Forbidden love. Nope, it's not, Twilight. Before there was Twilight there was The Age of Innocence. Written by a woman, this novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, the first novel by a woman to receive that award. It's well-written and, well, maybe a little to descripty for some, but come on....this is real literature we're talking about. It's not something you'll read in a day, or even two, but I think you'll appreciate the journey. Now don't cheat and watch the movie, give the book a go and let me know what you think.

Also, there'll be a little assignment due at the end of the month. As you're reading the book, try and think of songs to put on a playlist that go well with this story. Try to come up with at least three songs. Happy reading.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hush Hush Discussion

Ssshhh Ssshhh

I wanted to tell the author to do this while putting my finger gently to her lips and doing a gentle yet sympathetic shaking of my head. ::insert frownsmile here::

Patch no sexy
Nora me no get her
Vee no interesting
Elliot no scare me
Jules not so mysterious

Now the waitress from Blind Joe's cafe.....there's a character I could get into.

I will be back in a few. I have to go scrape the "road" off of me from driving 7 hours in traffic back from LV hanging with Jespy.

Gross. I feel like a fallen angel.

I wish we waited till this one was out in paperback.

Um, I don't know if any of you gize picked up on it, but this book was sort of a wanna be Twilight. I read it in one day without putting it down, but I'm pretty sure it was mostly because I wanted to reread Eclpise and I told myself I wasn't allowed to until I read Hush Hush.
I was entertained by it, and it gave me an idea. I was thinking about writing my own book. It's about this girl. She unaware of her great beauty. She's always getting into trouble, due to her clumsiness. But that all changes when she falls in love with a Yeti.He's hot huh? Just imagine him shaved.

Vampires verses Fallen Angels (Jespy's Review of Hush Hush)


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^^Please enjoy some music whilst reading my review of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Total knock-off.
Total knock-off, who?
Total knock-off of Twilight, but I still kinda liked it.

Let’s check out the premise:

Nora Grey (an average girl who’s neglected by her mom, clumsy in Gym class, and bad at softball) has a new, mysterious partner in biology class. She’s intrigued by him, but also, instinctively afraid of him. When he displays some inhuman-like behavior, Nora goes home and consults Google… but instead of googling the obvious (vampires), she googles “fallen angels”, cuz… um… this book is about fallen angels, not vampires. Ahem.

Patch, the fallen-angel-turned-bio-partner, has bigger problems. More than anything else, he wants to make Nora his human sacrifice so he can become a real human boy, but at the same time, he is crazy in love with her. Soooo, he wants to kill her, yet he loves her. Hmmm...

And so the lion fell in love with the lamb. What a stupid lamb. What a sick masochistic lion.

There were no vampires, no werewolves, and no Phoenix natives in Hush Hush, but there were enough similarities to Twilight to make me wonder what the H Ms. Fitzpatrick was trying to pull. She had to know that she was writing to a “Twilight audience”. Was she hoping a bunch of similarities would work in her favor?

Because it totally worked against her. It forced me to compare the two books… and Patch is no Edward.

Last time someone was named Patch, it was this guy:



Perfect name for clown-doctor, but not so good for a “sexy” fallen angel. Although, I think a well-developed, more likable character can overcome a questionable name (ie, Peeta).

The whole “fallen angel” concept could have been better developed. I had questions about Patch. What had he been doing for the last hundred years? Where did he live? What did do all day? How did he earn a living? All that was mentioned was that he used to box, and now he played pool for money. Is that it? He's just a hustler? I also didn't understand why he suddenly fell in love with Nora. Did he imprint on her or something? Cuz if he did, I wish Ms. Fitzpatrick would have just come out and said it.

Nora’s thought process was sometimes confusing and convoluted. I didn’t always understand her motives either. But other than that she was all right.

Despite all the above, I very much enjoyed reading Hush Hush. I could tell because I didn’t want to put it down, and when I had to put it down, I looked forward to picking it up again and continuing where I left off. It wasn’t dull, it wasn’t bogged down with too much description. The dialog flowed well. It had a fast enough pace. I think it had more potential than it lived up to, and I think that removing the Twilight parallels would have helped, but overall, it was a decent read.

Blech!!!

I’m sorry – no offense to anyone, but I did not like this book. I hated it.
I’ve decided that finishing a book in one or two days means nothing, cause that’s proving to be the standard amount of time for me. I used to think that if I finished it that fast – it was really good. This time, it was cause I knew I needed to read it and I just wanted to get it over with.

Things that annoyed me; the horrible familiarity I felt this book drew toward Edward and Bella - like Nora and Patch meeting in class, black eyes, dark and mysterious…blah blah blah. I’m sorry, but nobody can use that again and make it better or more original. I hated that Nora was at home alone all the time. At night? What the? She’s a 16 year old girl out in some farmhouse. That was dumb. Her friend was annoying. Vee was a troublemaker, and she was a snotty snot at school. I couldn’t stand that Coach was having that discussion in class about attraction – but seemed to only be aware of three kids in the classroom. Anyway – I could go on and on with one detail after another, but that would take a long time.
The plot was weak. The characters were under-developed and annoying. I really really really wanted to like Patch. I wanted to enjoy the brief, and unfinished, steamy moments between he and Nora. But, I just couldn’t feel it. He was so weird and disrespectful in one moment and then pushing her toward sex the next. The other two boys, Elliot and Jules were irritating too. So arrogant and not really connected to anything until the very end. How did the prior ‘suicide’ of the other girl have ANYTHING to do with anything? It never got really tied in. It was simply thrown in there so Nora would have something to feel suspicious about. And, srsly – she took herself into Seattle, I mean Portland, so she could investigate the murder herself? She wandered into some stupid alleyway alone? She took off her coat and hat and gave them to a stupid baglady? I kept waiting for Patch to come screaming around the corner in his silver Volvo to save her. At the end, when she’s in the ballet studio, I mean school gym and she throws herself from the rafters…but there’s nothing broken and her mom is so disconnected. I don’t know. It’s all so weird. The cops show up and Nora manages to LIE again and get away with it, AGAIN. And the cops are all interrogating her without an adult present. I can’t stand it.
In the end, I was hoping Elliot had killed Vee so I didn’t have to listen to her anymore. I didn’t care if Nora and Patch were together. I didn’t particularly like the religious references and fallen angel stuff. Ugh.

I say we get the chat over quick and then get right into what we get to read this month. Really, tho. I mean NO disrespect to the book chooser. I picked The Girl Who Could Fly after all.

Oh - and amen to Landee. Shirtless werewolves are my new fav thing. Buff. Cut. Wet in the rain.

Ahem...

"Long, lean muscles down his arms, broad but relaxed shoulders, and a smile that was part playful, part seductive." Oh baby.

"Hush, Hush" has such great potential and with a few tweaks it could have been awesome. I agree that the similarities to Twilight were a little too close for comfort. I think the characters needed to be flushed out more before all the bantering between Nora and Patch (hated that name) began in Biology. Also, the references to sleuthing bothered me for some reason. What does sluething have to do with human reproduction?

The writing was good. I enjoyed the descriptions. I thought, "I'm all legs, like a bar stool" was a great line. The pace was good but I think the development of Patch came too late in the story. I would have liked to get to know Patch better. I wasn't sure why I wanted to like him other than he oozed sex and danger. Vee is an annoying, shallow teenage girl, but also a believable, well-written character that acts as a great contrast to the steady, predictable Nora.

One last thing.... I think this book would make a cool movie. Patch = Robert Pattinson. Nora = Kristen Stewart. Vee = Nikki Reed. Elliot = Taylor Lautner. Dabria = Rachelle Leferve
Jules = Jackson Rothbone. I'd love to see some of these scenes on the big screen. We could call it the "Twilight Saga Hush, Hush."

My Review

This book was sort of predictable to me as well. I liked it because it kept me interested and wasn't lacking in the steamy scenes. I think Patch would've been more attractive if it wasn't for his name. You would think a fallen angel would have a more interesting name than patch. The book was interesting to me and I got into it from the beginning. I think the thing that bugged me about it the most was Vee. I can't believe no one else has said anything about her. She was the most annoying character ever and if I were Nora I probably would've just let her go off with Jules and be so relieved she was gone. I am really excited to find out where the story goes in the next book.

Everything Landee Said (Especially The Part About Shirtless Werewolves)Plus...

I enjoyed reading the book but it was definitely predictable. If I hadn't been borrowing my sister Amy's book, I would have written in all my predictions in the margins of the book and then been able to prove to everyone that I knew Patch was good and Elliot and Jules were naughty, that Nora seeing the movie The Sacrifice was a foreshadow into her death (I even texted that one to Amy) and that Ms. Greene was the lady in the hoodie and she was bad, and that Dumbledore was gay. I would have written all that! Just because it was all too predictable and a little on the corny side doesn't mean that I didn't appreciated the counter top kissing scene. I just replaced Patch with Jacob and Nora with me. It was a fast read and I will definitely be reading the next book. In fact, I can't wait to read more about Patch being Nora's guardian angel. And Dabria is still out there...just like Victoria is still out there. Do you think that Dabria will go out and recruit a bunch of newborn fallen angels to get a gang together to take down Patch and Nora??? I hope so. I am thinking that the next book will be similar to The Heavenly Kid. Remember that movie??
I LOVED that movie!!!!

Patch: Why This Name Almost Ruins the Whole Book

I mean srsly... Patch?  PATCH?   There are a GAJILLION names out there to name characters in a book.  Maybe even two gajillion.  And Ms. Fitzgerald decides to go with Patch.  Why?  Oh, in the name of fallen angels everywhere, WHY???  I just couldn't get over it.

Not only does the word feel gross coming off the tongue when you say it, it conjures up undesirable images.... the nicotine patch to help you stop smoking,  eye patches, ugly things to cover holes in knees, Madge on The Office (she works in the warehouse) that Michael Scott keeps calling Patch, things that go on scout uniforms that I hate sewing on, that guy with the pockmarks who was on Days of Our Lives for a while.    So basically, nothing sexy.   And the history behind his name was beyond lame.  ::say the following in your "dumb guy" voiced::  "Uh, yeah, Patch kept getting in fights and I had to keep patching him up. Get it?  Get it??"  ::badumbump ching!::  Dumb.

Also, the characters were predictable.  Even though I didn't exactly know how it was going to all play out, I knew Patch was good and Jules would eventually be the bad guy.  Becca tried to make him inconspicuous but I was on to her & her little trick.   And what is with that mom leaving Nora home alone all week?  I mean, really?  THAT is your option?  No.  I don't believe it.

All that being said, I found the book to be an enjoyable read.  Once I was into it I was into it.  I can see where the Twilight parallels could be drawn by simply taking out the vampire and putting in the fallen angel but I didn't find it to be embarrassingly so.   If only they'd have met in another class besides Biology, fhs.   Again, Ms. Fitzgerald, there is English, History, Algebra....take your pick.  Biology has been done before.  Don't.  <-----::wondering why the editors didn't say this.

Am I hot for Patch?  No.

Do I like Nora?  No.

Was it quasipredictable?  Yes indeedy.

Did I find the storyline to be compelling anyway?  I say B-.

Do I wish there were shirtless werewolves? Doyeeeeeee.

Discussion Questions

I found these discussion questions on her website. They are kind of serious and deep but I thought maybe they'd give you something to think about before the discussion.



1. How does Nora feel when she and Patch are first paired up in biology class? Would their paths have crossed otherwise? How different—or similar—are Patch and Nora below the surface?

2. What draws Nora to Patch? How much of it is physical? How much of it is destiny? Should she have tried to fight the attraction?

3. Why does Elliot help Jules/Chauncey? Why does Vee defend the two Kinghorn boys? Are they equally responsible for what happens?

4. How is Patch’s relationship with Nora different from the relationship that got him expelled from Heaven? Why was he so resistant to becoming a guardian angel? Where do you think Patch and Nora’s relationship will go?

5. Why does Jules/Chauncey hate Patch so much? Is his anger justified?

6. What role does Nora’s father play in her life? In what ways does his death make her more resistant to the supernatural beings in her life? In what ways does it make her more open to them?

7. Nora needs to take iron pills when she’s under stress to combat her anemia. Why do you think that the author chose this ailment for Nora? What does the iron symbolize?

8. Why do the various angels control Nora’s mind? How does this make her feel? Do you think events would have played out differently if she’d told more people what she was experiencing?

9. What does Dabria want from Nora? What does she want from Patch? Why is she an important character?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Book Club Meeting

Happy Thanksgiving! Make sure before you sit down to eat your turkey that you finish reading Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. The meeting is this Sunday at 8 pm pacific and 9pm mountain time, Hope to seeya there!