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.  



  1. I had seen this around a few blogs. The cover and premise sounds/looks wonderful. I have been books that sound wonderful and the covers rock & then the book falls flat. Its not an entirely bad book just a little flat. I guess we cant love all of the books we read :)

  2. I have had hesitations about Hysteria and your review sorta confirms them. I still might give the book a shot though.

  3. I am glad I passed on this one! I hate mean girls and immature characters. I know it was getting a lot of Pre release buzz. Thanks for the honest review!

  4. I felt exactly the same way about this one, Michele! My review is scheduled for February, but it pretty much mirrors yours. I felt too old for this book the entire time I was reading it, and truth be told, Reid was the only character I actually liked.
    Great review.

  5. I also got this one to read and review but I probably wont read it. I am not a big fan of Megan Miranda books. plus I don't feel like I could really get into a book if I don't like the characters!

    Great honest Review! <3

  6. Ehh this probably isnt a book for me. I hate when you cant connect to the characters and I'm not so big on boarding school scenes (unless there is some paranormal thrown in there). Thanks for the honest review!

  7. It's too bad this book was disappointing. It didn't seem like my kind of read and I for sure won't be picking it up now

  8. Oh I felt very similarly about this one. I did like Reid well enough, but very few of the other characters made an impression. I can't say I was too invested in the story either, but I didn't hate it. Great review, Michele!

  9. Uh-oh I am only a few chapters in to this, so I did not read your review..but 2.5 stars eep! Will come back and look after I write my review.

  10. Huh. That's too bad. I've been curious about this one, but haven't felt the NEED to read it. Maybe there was a reason for that. Thanks for being honest, Michele. :)

  11. I am sorry that you didn't enjoy this one more! It does have a cool cover!

  12. thanks for the honest review love. Sorry this one wasn't good :( It stinks feeling that way about a book. I like that you highlighted all the main points/issues and you explained why you didn't like it very well.

  13. I had such high hopes for this book. I loved the cover and the synopsis. I may still give it a chance just not in a real hurry.

  14. I hate when a book lets me down! still, an excellent, honest review!

  15. I have seen this book around and have been wondering about it. Thanks for your honest review. It doesn't sound like it is something I would care for.

  16. I AM a fan of mysteries, thrillers and page-turners! :) I've been seeing this around a lot recently, I think I definitely have to pick it up sometime.

    rowena of Best Votive Candles


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