Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Title:  Hysteria
Author:  Megan Miranda
Publisher:  Bloomsbury/Walker
Expected Publication:  February 5, 2013
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ 1/2

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets.

Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.



I was really looking forward to Hysteria after getting my first look at its eerie cover and especially after reading the summary.

Unfortunately, Hysteria just didn’t deliver the thrills the way I had hoped it would. The pacing was slow, and I didn’t connect at all with the main character Mallory, who I found to be flat and annoying. I took issue with her parents sending her off to boarding school so soon after the traumatic experience of her murdering her boyfriend in self defense. Granted, I could understand if their motives were based solely on keeping Mallory safe, but her mother’s irritating instability and the fact that she was afraid of  her daughter instead of for her were off-putting and I struggled to stay invested in the story.

There were some enjoyable moments; and I liked Reid, although I felt his character was a bit underdeveloped. While this book wasn’t a win for me, it still was not a book I could walk away from. I stuck with it and was glad to have my suspicions confirmed in the end.

Bottom line: Boarding school, mean girls, and juvenile behavior made this a hard read for this not-so-young adult to appreciate.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.