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The Fever | [Megan Abbott]

The Fever

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

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.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, The Fever affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation" (Laura Lippman).

©2014 Megan Abbott (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"With The Fever, Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern portrait of teenage life today: brutal crushes, competing allegiances, and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of technology. The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful, and utterly unshakeable." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl)

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    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 07-07-14
    FanB14 Rockville, VA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Potential Unmet"
    What would have made The Fever better?

    Subjective narrator following each possible cause for the outbreak taking you inside the minds of the girls. Needed more connection and details as opposed to repetition.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Fascinating idea, loosely based on actual events, girls become sick from unknown ailment. Author minimally explored possible causes: was it teenage hysteria, waterborne virus, STD? Repetition runs rampant and frustration increases knowing this book could be much better. The narrator is detached, floating above storylines, causing a feeling of disconnection to characters motives and emotions. Near the end when we're allowed into more interactions and explanations, it's too late.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The female narrator was pleasant, while Kirby Heyborne was an awful choice and Joe Barratt's fatherly voice was unbearable. With the semi-erotic undertones of the girls, the dad's voice seemed perverse and gave me the heebie jeebies.

    Audible...why is it so difficult to find and or cast appropriately sounding young male narrators? Is the pool that shallow or is a new casting director needed? May I submit my application?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment at potential unmet.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit, check out at library and skim if you're interested in the storyline.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 07-18-14
    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 07-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Quick read (or listen) nice beach book!"

    Entertaining enough, but not a serious literary event. Quick entertainment, soon forgotten, but there is a time for that, too! I generally prefer a deeper story with better drawn characters, but this may appeal to younger folks and those who don't expect a long, serious book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle M. Gagne 07-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Waste of your money"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Noone. It is terrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Megan Abbott again?

    Never.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER. Her voice is the reason why I couldn't get through the book, the prose was sub-par but her voice was probably the most annoying thing I have ever had to listen to in my life. My boyfriend said this when listening to it with me "her voice is obnoxious."


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme annoyance. This is the only thing that gets me through 3.5 hours of driving to Maine on the weekends to see my boyfriend's kids, and I couldn't bare to listen to it anymore and I want my money back.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is poorly written. The voices are grating, especially the woman's who decided to do all of the characters like a slow valley girl (I'm sorry but not all young teenagers sound like they are from Clueless). I couldn't get through it her voice was so annoying! I'd do anything to get my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 06-20-14
    Diane 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not interesting at all!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not like this book. it was boring.boring.boring. The story dragged on. Didn't peek my interest. I only kept listening because I spent $18.00 on this dumb book.
    I didn't like the voices who narrated. the story line was not what it seemed to be.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-20-14
    James 06-20-14 Member Since 2005
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    "I feel duped"
    What would have made The Fever better?

    I'm tired of you guys misrepresenting these books that are clearly aimed at young adults. Maybe if I was 16 years old I'd enjoy this book. I want my money back. I want adult books. This was juvenile.


    What could Megan Abbott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    State that this is Young Adult fiction.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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