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The Fever: A Novel
by Megan Abbott

Published: 2014-06-17
Hardcover : 320 pages
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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. ...
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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

Editorial Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: Megan Abbott writes about the madness of adolescence better than anyone. She seems to understand teensâ?? urgent rush to grow up, to try on adult masks and costumes and play adult games. But she also knows: in the big game of pretend, there are often grown-up consequences. In the spooky town of Dryden--â??the cloudiest city in the state,â?? weâ??re told--high school girls are getting sick, one by one, seizure by seizure. Is the lake toxic? Is the drinking water poisoned? Are vaccinations to blame? Is it the sex? Paranoia begets fear and, fueled by texted whispers and internet rumors, a frenzy roils into a contagious hysteria. Charactersâ?? legs and hands shake. They feel a flutter in the chest. Their chins quiver. Itâ??s hard to breathe. â??Donâ??t you see?â?? says one parent. â??Itâ??s just begun.â?? The story of whatâ??s afflicting this tainted school is told through the entwined points of view of a divorced teacher, his fast-maturing daughter, and his stud hockey player son, all three tied in their own mysterious way to the source of the fever. The real fever here is the lust, hormones, jealousy, and fear of being a teenager. And high school is its breeding ground, the place that can mark us for life. As one teacher observes: â??Thatâ??s what high school does.â?? The Fever is a brilliant and chilling tale of the bewildering age when everything--friendship, love, sex, revenge--feels â??new and terrifying and significant.â?? To survive it? Itâ??s heartbreaking. --Neal Thompson

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  "Seems YA but Good Mystery"by ebach (see profile) 06/02/15

The first several chapters of this book make it seem to be a young-adult novel, The last few chapters of THE FEVER turns out to be a darned good mystery. That is better than just a good myst... (read more)

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