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Review: The Fever

June 3, 2014

The Fever

When Lise, a popular high school student has a seizure in the middle of class one day, the school community is abuzz with rumors.  There are all kinds of theories as to what caused it.  Then more girls are struck with similar symptoms and everyone and everything is suspect.  Parents demand the school do something to protect their daughters but it’s difficult to protect against the unknown.

I went into The Fever by Megan Abbott knowing little beyond that brief description and it captivated me like no book has in a long time.  It’s been a while since I’ve walked around the house, cooked, and done household chores as I read but I did just that with this book.  I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  I was taken with the story, the characters, and the writing.

This is the third of Abbott’s books I’ve read and she really gets teenagers, especially girls.  She also gets communities, so this book rang true to me.  She did a wonderful job of building up the tension and sucking me into the story quickly.   Abbot kept me guessing until the end and every possibility seemed plausible to me.  I was satisfied with the ending and thought this book was just terrific!

Abbott’s writing is sharp and compelling.  If you enjoy literary mysteries, The Fever is for you!

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


36 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2014 7:15 am

    This sounds good. I have liked and not liked books by her, so I should try another!

  2. June 3, 2014 7:41 am

    Oh this sounds fascinating! I have seen this author’s books around but never felt intrigued by them. This one definitely looks like a winner.

  3. June 3, 2014 8:08 am

    I love it when books are all-consuming like that… just need to be careful about when I start them 😉

  4. June 3, 2014 9:26 am

    A new author for me. Making a note of her.

  5. June 3, 2014 9:30 am

    Sounds like a good book! Off topic a bit…I love how you put a list of authors in your sidebar. Totally cool. I’m going to check it out.

  6. June 3, 2014 9:51 am

    wow this sounds fantastic!

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 3, 2014 10:09 am

    If you loved it that much then it’s going on my list right now!

  8. June 3, 2014 11:36 am

    This really does sound captivating! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I wouldn’t mind neglecting a few house chores for this one!

  9. Patty permalink
    June 3, 2014 11:47 am

    Sounds really good…I want to read this! I think I have it! Lol!

  10. Patty permalink
    June 3, 2014 11:49 am

    Actually…I have The Favor, The Three but not this one! Lol!

  11. June 3, 2014 1:01 pm

    I’ve enjoyed her other books, and look forward to this one. Maybe I should listen on audio since it is so consuming!

  12. joyweesemoll permalink
    June 3, 2014 1:23 pm

    Sounds terrific! I haven’t read this author, but I think I would like that story.

  13. June 3, 2014 1:53 pm

    This sounds like a great read, Kathy. Fast paced, intense, and an attention grabber. I will have to keep my eye out for it.

  14. June 3, 2014 1:56 pm

    I enjoy her books… I need to see if I have this one, it sounds perfect for this time of year.

  15. June 3, 2014 2:24 pm

    I just wrote up my review of this one. I think it posts next week. For the most part, I enjoyed it. It did hold my attention and I found it to be a quick read. Did you think she was trying to make a statement with the whole vaccine thing? That is the only thing that rubbed me the wrong way. I am not even sure what side of the debate I am on but it bugged me a little.

  16. June 3, 2014 2:36 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    A new to me author who is now firmly on my radar and whose books are already added to my TBR.

    For me, a story doesn’t need to have frenetic, non-stop action, to be a compelling, page-turner.

    A nice review which amply indicates your feelings about the book.


  17. June 3, 2014 4:19 pm

    I do what’s happening

  18. June 3, 2014 8:50 pm

    I’m glad this one is good! I am excited to read it.

  19. June 3, 2014 9:45 pm

    I’ll be spotlighting this book – looks like I also need to add it to my TBR list!

  20. June 3, 2014 10:49 pm

    I really enjoyed this book, after I read it I downloaded the audio of Dare Me and OMG it was so good, and also so true to the way teen girls think. My review will be up the week of publication with some special feature by Megan Abbott…and a giveaway…sounds like lots of people are going to want to read it!!

  21. June 3, 2014 11:10 pm

    Sounds like it would be an intense read. The first thought that popped in my head when I started reading the review was the way the girls in Salem acted when the witch hunts first aerated.

  22. June 3, 2014 11:40 pm

    I am waiting for the audio for this one, and you make me even more anxious to get it in my hands! It says a lot that you couldn’t put it down even when you were doing other things. Sounds like I need to catch up on her other books too!

  23. June 4, 2014 7:55 am

    I think the author was signing copies at BEA. I remember thinking I should get it and then got caught elsewhere. Your review makes me want to read it NOW.

  24. June 4, 2014 8:35 am

    I’ve been meaning to read Megan Abbot’s work for quite a while. I’m always late to the game! I like the idea of being consumed by the story so much that you’re doing things around the house and still reading. My kind of book. I don’t think I’ve read one like that in a while.

  25. June 4, 2014 10:29 am

    The cover doesn’t grab me, but you make it sounds definitely worth reading.

  26. June 4, 2014 4:27 pm

    Sounds really riveting!! Like Carol, the cover does nothing for me, but it sounds like a good read.

  27. June 4, 2014 5:38 pm

    I haven’t read any of her books yet, but this sounds really good, so I’m adding it to my library tbr list.

  28. Shweta permalink
    June 5, 2014 2:31 am

    I have just finished reading Fever and I agree with your sentiments about the ending. Also Megan Abbot gets teenagers. It did creep me out a bit but I guess that was the whole point.

  29. June 6, 2014 11:27 pm

    Wow, this sounds fantastic!!

  30. June 7, 2014 3:49 pm

    I have this one to review too. Now I am anxious to get to it soon. Sounds like it will be a fast read!

  31. June 7, 2014 6:08 pm

    Sounds good! I plan on reading this later this summer.

  32. June 7, 2014 10:04 pm

    Sounds like a great read. I haven’t read anything by Abbott, but I’m adding this to the to-read list.

  33. June 8, 2014 3:10 am

    Now I’m curious to find out why they are having seizures. I think I might read this one.

  34. June 8, 2014 6:01 pm

    I read The End of Everything a few months ago and didn’t really like it, and I know you loved it! This look good though so I may have to five her another try 🙂

  35. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:49 am

    Loved this book too! I still need to write my review. Not going to be easy because I really enjoyed it. I think it’s my favorite one of hers to date.

  36. July 3, 2014 12:50 pm

    I’m 2/3 of the way through The Fever. And I have to say that I think it’s good, not great. I’ve got 2 YA’s to recommend that I think are much better: The Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie and Wyndano’s Cloak (a YA fantasy) by A.R. Silverberry.

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