Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hysteria by Megan Miranda, a review

Loved this one!  There were a few confusing parts, but all in all it was very good.  Hysteria is about a 16 year old girl who killed her boyfriend.  You don’t really find out the whole story until the end so I’m not going to go into details here.  She was acquitted of murder by claiming it was self-defense.    The main character Mallory is haunted by the events of that night and by the deceased boyfriend’s mother who seems to have been driven insane by the murder/death of her son.   Mallory is sent to a prep school to get away from the problems she’s encountering at home but she feels like everyone has given up on her and thinks she’s terrible.  The school ends up being almost as bad, but at least she finds a friend.  Mallory ends up having nightmares at night that leave marks on her, and she can’t sleep without a sleeping aid so she takes sleeping pills every night.  The first night she is at the new school she dreams of her dead boyfriend, as usual but this time she feels something grab her shoulder.  The next morning when she wakes there are red marks there.  Someone breaks into her room a couple of times and she just generally has a bad time at school, and then there’s another murder, and it’s someone Mallory despises.  Did she murder again?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!  4 stars.

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