Sunday, November 6, 2011

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

In this second book of the Hush Hush series, Fitzpatrick leads the readers into Nora and Patch's life after a startling cliff hanger. At first, everything seems to be going well for Nora and Patch. They are dating and have had no life or death moments for 2 months. Seems simple right? Of course not.

When Nora professes her love to Patch, things start to go downhill very quickly. Patch starts to avoid being with Nora and instead is seen hanging out with her arch nemesis Marcie. Because of that, Nora tells Patch that they are over with - that she doesn't want to be or see him again.

Then, Nora slowly starts to find out what really happened to her father a year ago, and what that means for her in the present time. In other words: she's back in the life or death situation.

I was conflicted about this novel. I LOVED Hush Hush. Love it. And I was expecting amazingness from this book... But Nora just seemed a bit whinny. Granted, if I had to go through what Patch put her through, I would be royally ticked off. But at the same time, what Fitzpatrick tried to make as Nora going off on her own and sticking to her morals about the way Patch treated her just didn't quite make it there and actually made Nora... an annoying girl that guys try to stay away from.

When Nora found out the whole story of why Patch did what he did, she understood right away and the drama was gone. She just waited 300 pages to finally stop complaining long enough to hear what Patch had to say...

I think as a strong willed female character, Nora did exactly what she was supposed to. As a girlfriend in a relationship where trust is involved, she definitely failed. I'm hoping that the situation where the cliffhanger in Crescendo leaves the reader will be resolved in the 3rd book, along with some character building where Nora is concerned.

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