Monday, June 30, 2014

Hysteria by Megan Miranda - OPTIONAL

Miranda, Megan  Hysteria, 323 pgs.  Bloomsbury Teens, 2013.  $17.99  Content: Language: R (62 swears; 18 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.  

Mallory killed her boyfriend Brian, and got away with it.  Brian’s mother keeps harassing Mallory, so Mallory’s parents send her to Monroe, a boarding school where she will hopefully have a fresh start.  At Monroe, everyone knows her past, because the headmaster’s son, Jason, has spread it around, but Mallory has an old friend in Reid.  The mean girls at Monroe manipulate Mallory using her past and Mallory is having a hard time remembering the night Brian died, so she feels haunted by him.  

This is a good creepy book that has a hidden story on top of a mystery.  The characters aren’t well developed and at first that bothered me, but then the story sucked me in so deep that I didn’t care.  It’s sad that there are so many “F” words because this would have been a good spooky addition to middle school or high school libraries.  

HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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