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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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. <br/>

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.<br/><br/>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.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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The Fever was ok- not bad, but not great.

I expected this to be better. I love to read and I read a LOT. This had too little substance and focused too much on teenage sex. I'm glad it wasn't any longer. The narration was good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Frightening very disturbing.

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 08-03-14

Teenie bopper book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, but it would be a good teen book except for the language and adult situations

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The end was predictable and boring.

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

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.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Keeps ur interest!

Page turner. Performance was excellent! I didn't mind the teenager setting, it was fun! Really like this author's style

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The Fever

Flakey, disjointed story. Teenage thinking. Teenage material. Absolutely for teens. Tippietoed around first teen sexual encounters.

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Lacking in something

I really wanted to love this, but halfway through, I gave up. It seemed to drag on forever and I could not seem to force myself to finish.

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Very Verbose While Revealing Little

The story started in an interesting way, but soon started to drag after Lis collapsed. Obviously the author was trying to keep the mystery in what was a predictable occurrence after such a trying event in a high school. This was obviously written for a younger audience; sex was glossed over, language was clean, and even the cliques were played down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful