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ISBN13: 9780316231053
ISBN10: 0316231053
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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

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"Abbott's (Dare Me) thrilling seventh novel takes a peek into the strange, inscrutable minds of teenage girls. Deenie, Lise, and Gabby are the 'Trio Grande,' whispering together in the library and giggling late into the night during sleepovers. Their 'teen-girl-ness' confounds Deenie's father, a teacher at their school, and her older brother, Eli, a popular hockey player. When Lise has an unexplained a seizure during class, the girls' triumvirate is thrown into disarray, and no one seems to have any answers. Everyone from doctors to school administrators are keeping quiet, sending a ripple of fear throughout the school. Almost immediately, other girls start getting sick and the suspicions and hysteria quickly rouse the small town into a fervor. Parents, teachers, and students alike speculate wildly, the rumored causes ranging from stress to mutant viruses, as Deenie tries to find out the truth. Abbott's adolescents are close to pitch-perfect with their sudden switches between childlike vulnerability and calculating maturity. What the narrative lacks in depth it makes up for in momentum and dark mystery. This is a gripping story fueled by the razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and insecurities of teenage girls. (June) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"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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"The book to beat...in the 'Is it the next Gone Girl?' sweepstakes." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Stunning....Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy-and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide." Kirkus (Starred Review)

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"No one understands the social dynamics of teenage girls better than Megan Abbott...settling into The Fever, one realizes that Abbott is setting a rhythm, one that's measured and paced with the brilliance of one of the best living mystery writers." Kevin Nguyen, Grantland

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"This smart thriller about the dynamics of panic keeps you guessing till the last scene." Good Housekeeping

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"Once again, Abbott makes an unforgettable inquiry into the emotional lives of young people, this time balanced with parents' own fears and failings. It's also a powerful portrait of community, with interesting echoes of The Crucible: it's the twenty-first century, and, in many ways, we're still frightened villagers, terrified of the unknown. Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer." Booklist (Starred Review)

About the Author

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City.

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kalireads, June 30, 2014 (view all comments by kalireads)
Something odd is happening to the teenage girls in the town of Dryden. The town itself seems a bit other-worldly, its dead lake fenced off and bright with glowing algae; its weather shocking, hot-to-cold in the blink of an eye; its rain almost heavy and almost acidic, shredding raincoats to pieces.

The girls who attend the town’s high school begin dropping like flies. Literally dropping, their desks and chairs pitching to the side as they seize and jerk and ramble incoherently. Journalists arrive. The hospital overflows. An event, it seems, is occurring.

The Fever, Megan Abbott’s new novel, contains more than just the literal kind. There is also the frenzied burst from adolescent upwards into adulthood, making the book’s high school setting a veritable hothouse of blooming sexuality and judgement, all bright colored tights and miniskirts, testosterone and swoon. The agony and ecstasy of adolescence seems to be Abbott’s expertise, as her first novel Dare Me focused on the heartless steeliness it takes to make it on a high school cheerleading squad.

As with any high school saga, The Fever‘s story wouldn’t be complete without nearly maniacal parents, losing their daughters to a mystery illness. Could it be the HPV vaccine, which the school recommended? Could it be that mysterious lake, fenced off and smelling odd, forbidden and beautiful? Could there be a haunting in Dryden, or perhaps, something much more sinister but more simply human?

High school seen through Abbott’s eyes isn’t a place you go and get educated, but a world unto itself. Anyone who was young once, who grew up awkward and gangly and full of hormones, knows this to be all too true. A place where everything is known by everyone simultaneously, like magic. A place where there are multiple languages, spoken in glances and movements and jangly bracelets tousled on wrists. And a place where once things start going wrong, everyone is a suspect, and no one is safe.
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Ryan DeJonghe, June 13, 2014 (view all comments by Ryan DeJonghe)
In an interview with the National Post, Megan Abbott states that “Shakespeare would be writing about high school if he were writing now.” Known as a noir writer, she continues, “high school is the most noir landscape there is.” After reading THE FEVER, yeah, I can see her point. Take for instance Wikipedia’s definition of noir stating drams that “emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations”, and compare it to the high school experience…it fits.


THE FEVER takes the promiscuous rumors and experimental secrets of a high school and enshrouds it all with a cloak of dark mystery. Seizures and near-death experiences strike a group of girls. No one else is affected: the boys, teachers, or people of the town. Each of the girls are from troubled families; each of them are friends with one another. Some think it is a vaccine’s reaction; some think it is from a contaminated lake. The result comes as a surprise that also offers a critique.


More an accurate exposition of modern High School life versus a fast-moving contagion mystery, Abbott weaves her tale well. Dark topics are explored, as well as the usual expectations of a small-town society. The emotions surrounding coming of age are detailed, including the “sexual debut” (as interestingly described in the book) of its young teenage subjects. Each family has their own histories and secrets, which leads to an interesting mix of story.


This book will appeal to a wide range of readers: mystery, noir, young adult, crime, and literary. The perception is that this will be a quick YA read or light mass-infection book, but it goes much beyond that. You’ll find yourself flipping the pages with interest. The pacing is captivating, save for between the 50 and 70 percent marks (the mystery hovers, versus moving forward with as much detail as at the beginning).


Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for providing me with an electronic review copy of this book for review.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316231053
Author:
Abbott, Megan
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Abbott's (Dare Me) thrilling seventh novel takes a peek into the strange, inscrutable minds of teenage girls. Deenie, Lise, and Gabby are the 'Trio Grande,' whispering together in the library and giggling late into the night during sleepovers. Their 'teen-girl-ness' confounds Deenie's father, a teacher at their school, and her older brother, Eli, a popular hockey player. When Lise has an unexplained a seizure during class, the girls' triumvirate is thrown into disarray, and no one seems to have any answers. Everyone from doctors to school administrators are keeping quiet, sending a ripple of fear throughout the school. Almost immediately, other girls start getting sick and the suspicions and hysteria quickly rouse the small town into a fervor. Parents, teachers, and students alike speculate wildly, the rumored causes ranging from stress to mutant viruses, as Deenie tries to find out the truth. Abbott's adolescents are close to pitch-perfect with their sudden switches between childlike vulnerability and calculating maturity. What the narrative lacks in depth it makes up for in momentum and dark mystery. This is a gripping story fueled by the razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and insecurities of teenage girls. (June) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The book to beat...in the 'Is it the next Gone Girl?' sweepstakes."
"Review" by , "Stunning....Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy-and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide."
"Review" by , "No one understands the social dynamics of teenage girls better than Megan Abbott...settling into The Fever, one realizes that Abbott is setting a rhythm, one that's measured and paced with the brilliance of one of the best living mystery writers."
"Review" by , "This smart thriller about the dynamics of panic keeps you guessing till the last scene."
"Review" by , "Once again, Abbott makes an unforgettable inquiry into the emotional lives of young people, this time balanced with parents' own fears and failings. It's also a powerful portrait of community, with interesting echoes of The Crucible: it's the twenty-first century, and, in many ways, we're still frightened villagers, terrified of the unknown. Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer."
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