Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

I remember hearing so much about this book last year, and it’s been on my list pretty much since then. So when I saw the paperback was out (with this cover that I love so much), I just had to read it. Basically, Megan Abbott seems to have teen girls down to a science. The scary thing is that this was based on something that really happened in New York a few summers ago.

The Fever follows Deenie Nash and her family: Eli, the beautiful hockey player, and Tom, the favorite science teacher. When Deenie’s best friend Lise falls out of her chair in class, shaking and seizing in a way that scares the entire school, widespread panic sets in. When other girls start having the same symptoms, the Department of Health is called in. No one seems to know the cause: could it be the radioactive lake they’ve all snuck into once or twice? An STD of some kind? The reaction to an HPV immunization?

As the only one in her group of friends left without the disease, Deenie can’t help but wonder: does it have something to do with me?

As the town continues to puzzle over the outbreak, Deenie is wondering what the future of her friendships will be. She saw Lise in the hospital and it didn’t even look like her. Gabby wont’ talk about her own experience with it. She’s starting to really panic when things begin to clear up for her.

I have to say, I thought I guessed the ending way at the start but I was completely off base… In a good way. I loved this book, and right after finishing, ran to get Dare Me off my shelf, where I’ve had it for months now. Megan Abbott’s writing is fantastic, it’s a good thriller if you’re looking for one, and now she’s all I want to read! I might have ordered The End of Everything when I inevitable finished Dare Me in a day or two.

Who was the last writer to pull you in and not let go?

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  1. I loooved this book, but I have yet to get my hands on a copy of Dare Me.
    Actually, the last book to really pull me in and refuse to let me go was Dietland.

  2. I *almost* snagged this one at the library yesterday but decided not to. Big mistake! I haven’t heard a bad thing about it.

    The Beautiful Bureaucrat swallowed me up recently, but I didn’t love the ending.

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this, but it didn’t really work for me. I didn’t guess the ending either, but I thought it was underwhelming. I didn’t feel as though the characters did much to solve the mystery and the answer just falling into their lap seemed anticlimactic to me. That said, I did really enjoy the writing and I agree that the author seems to get teen girls, so I’d still be willing to try another one of her books.