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
"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)
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
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.
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.
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?
Disappointment at potential unmet.
Save your credit, check out at library and skim if you're interested in the storyline.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. It is too disturbing. The power of cliques. The power of fantasy. The power of manipulation. I enjoyed it. It was well written and very well performed. But I was glad when it was over. I will not read it again.
The narrators did a wonderful job, thus the 5 stars for the performance. I don't know about all parents but this parent thought this book was way over the top on the sexual scenarios and teen angst about sexual situations. The book could have been good. If you are a parent that wants what is best for your child, this is not the book for your child to listen to.
Awful. This book made no sense whatsoever. Too many characters and the purpose of the mystery is still a mystery. It had the feel of suspense with no climax and no solution. Girl vengeance that was not well with follow through on behalf of Abbott.
Most likely will not read another book by this author.
No follow through, hard to follow to begin with.
A particularly excellent short story by Abbott (see her contribution to Dangerous Women) made me want to hear more of her work. This book was a letdown. It is slow, vaguely misogynistic (female sexuality = illness), and ultimately boring. I hope her other work is better.
I'm not sure - the plot and storyline were weak.
It wasn't interesting. There were no twists, no suspense. The "secrets," advertised only amounted to teenage drama. Read this book because Gyllian Flynn recommended it and I am in a constant search for the next Gone Girl - but what I'm learning is Gyllian is a one hit wonder (her other books much weaker) and her recommendations suck.
The dad sounds like Paul Giamitti - he was ok. The tennie bopper voices for the girls made me want to jump out my office window. The brother was fine. Maybe if it was read in a normal voice, not teen voice I would have been less annoyed.
Save your credit. Or read Gone Girl if you haven't already.
No, but it would be a good teen book except for the language and adult situations
The end was predictable and boring.
The main Narrator was irritating especially when he tried to imitate a women's voice. I had a hard time finishing the book because of that.
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.
Noone. It is terrible.
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."
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.
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.
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.
State that this is Young Adult fiction.
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