The Fever by Megan Abbott {Book Review}



Title: The Fever

Author: Megan Abbott

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

Pages: 320

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher in exchange for honest review


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.

My Review

Let me just come right out and say it…this book is incredible. I’m astonished that there isn’t more buzz surrounding it. After getting a copy signed by the author at BEA, I was excited to jump into it as my first post-expo ARC, and ended up being way-more-than-pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Right from the first few pages, I couldn’t put it down — I knew that I’d found something very, very special.

I really enjoyed the fact that this book is a Young Adult thriller. There just don’t seem to be too many of those out there, and definitely not very many great ones. The Fever is probably the best example of one that I’ve found so far.

But the best part of this book is Abbott’s spot-on recognition of the subtle creepiness of average teenage girls. The novel follows several young girls as they navigate the difficulties of living as teenagers in a small town as its slowly surrounded by a scandal. Abbott’s characterization of them reveals their not-so-nice cores that leaves you reeling with the sheer accurateness of how well she captures this glimpse into high school life. Teenagers are not always good people. And while many young adult books choose to involve themselves in the portrayal of teenage goodness, Abbott takes a sharp left and veers away from this, choosing instead to expose the dark underbelly of what high school is truly like.

At the same time, we’re also dealing with this medical emergency…girls keeling over left and right with horrible problems and needing to be brought to the hospital. What the heck is up with that?? I was desperate to know the answer to this question throughout the whole book, and the answer was so surprising and extremely satisfying. I had absolutely no idea where it was going, until suddenly all the pieces started to fall into place…slowly at first and then faster and faster and faster until finally the realization hit me, at exactly the same time it did Deenie, the main character.

The Fever was such a fantastic read. I wish that I could sit here and talk about it all day with you guys. But instead, I’m going to go to the library and check out every single book this author’s ever written and devour them as fast as I can! I cannot recommend this book enough if you’re a fan of weird, quirky reads with some suspense thrown in. Just read it…you won’t be sorry.

My Rating 5 Anchors


4 responses to “The Fever by Megan Abbott {Book Review}

  1. I actually have heard a lot of buzz about this book, and I’m really excited to read it. I agree, good ya thrillers are hard to find (although I just read THE MERCILESS and it was really good). So glad to see a positively glowing review!

  2. This book sounds SO GOOD! I think I was supposed to receive a galley, but I haven’t gotten it yet. Will definitely have to follow up.

    Great review!

  3. Oh interesting! This one wasn’t on my radar before, but now it is. I love when a good review makes me interested in a book 🙂 Plus, this sounds like the kind of thriller I’d enjoy. YAY!

    • Aww thanks! 🙂 It’s strange, because I feel like my opinion is definitely in the minority for this book…but I really loved it. I’ll be interested to see what the reception will be like post-release date — if its 3.51 Goodreads rating will go up at all. Normally I try not to read any books that don’t have a GR rating of at least 3.6, so it was such a weird experience for me to have LOVED this book. It’s making me kind of rethink my reliance on those average ratings.

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