Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review ~ Hysteria by Megan Miranda

by Megan Miranda
YA Thriller
Published: February 5th 2013
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Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past. But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

My Review:
**2 Stars**

This book was hard to rate. While it was good because it kept you guessing, the character connection just wasn't there.

I really liked how there was a hard time telling what was actually happening to Mallory and what was just psychological. It was creepy at times and kept you guessing.

However, Mallory's situation was not believable in the slightest. She killed her boyfriend (yes, in self defense, but still) and did not suffer any jail time. A couple weeks after this happened she was sent off to an elite boarding school - that ACCEPTED her despite her homicidal tendencies. I just don't see any boarding school - never mind an elite one - accepting anyone with a criminal background (self-defense or not).

There also wasn't a lot of character development between Mallory and Reid. They had a history that we got glimpses at - but it was never fully developed.

Overall it was a decent read, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to many people.

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