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The Fever

The Fever [Kindle Edition]

Megan Abbott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Right now America's best novelists are women, and Megan Abbott is up there at the top. (Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series)

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For fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Fever is Megan Abbott's dark and thrilling novel about a mysterious illness that is taking hold of a high school.

Her hands flying up, she grabbed her throat, her body jolting to one side.

Then, in one swoop, her desk overturned, clattering to the floor.

And with it Lise. Her head twisting, slamming into the tiles, her bright red face turned up, mouth teeming with froth.

“Lise,” sighed Mrs. Chalmers, too far in front to see. “What is your problem?”

The Nashes are a close-knit family. Tom, a popular teacher, is father to the handsome, roguish Eli and his younger sister Deenie, serious and sweet. But their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when two of Deenie’s friends become violently ill, and rumours of a dangerous outbreak sweep through the whole community.

As hysteria swells and as more girls succumb, tightly held secrets emerge that threaten to unravel the world Tom has built for his kids, and destroy friendships, families, and the town’s fragile idea of security.

The Fever is a chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316231053
  • Publisher: Picador (19 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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It's a normal day at school until 16 year old Lise has some kind of a seizure and is whisked off to hospital. Before long other girls in her circle are suffering from the same mysterious disorders: medical error, something in the water, or something altogether less tangible?

Like Abbott's previous books (The End of Everything, Dare Me), this is an unsettling depiction of the rabid and febrile nature of female adolescence. Told through the viewpoints of Deenie, Lise's best friend, her older brother and her teacher father, this gives us another vivid excavation of what it means to be a teenage girl at that edgy stage of no longer being a child but certainly not yet a woman.

This makes sly use of echoes from other stories of troubled adolescent girls (The Exorcist, the Salem witch trials), and mixes them up with modern concerns about vaccinations, female sexuality, and the spreading of hysteria.

Abbott's books are always tightly written, full of tension and depict a realistic kind of menace, and she is rapidly becoming the poet of female adolescent angst. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Fever 1 Aug 2014
By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Fever is a young adult novel set in an American high school, which would usually have been more than enough to put me off reading it, but at the heart of its plot is something that always particularly intrigues me: an unexplained outbreak of a mysterious illness. A while back, I watched an excellent Channel 4 documentary about a small American town in New York State in which a number of teenage girls all appeared to fall victim to an inexplicable form of a Tourette's-like illness, characterised by severe tics. Was it psychosomatic? Mass hysteria? Wilful attention-seeking? A neurological disease caused by something in the local environment? A mystery infection? Or even, it was suggested, a physical reaction to a severe trauma? I assume Megan Abbott was aware of the Le Roy case, as The Fever has numerous similarities to it, and it was this that prompted me to read the book.

The Fever centres around three teenage girls, Deenie, Gabby and Lise. One day, Lise suffers a sudden and life-threatening seizure at school, leaving her comatose in hospital. Shortly afterwards, Gabby falls victim to a similar fit that leaves her with strange tics. Then Kim, a neurotic hanger-on to the group, also collapses, and the small town community of Dryden starts looking for answers.

What follows is a dark, somewhat claustrophobic mystery, packed with secrets and characterised by a constant, pervasive anxiety. In the age of social networking, YouTube clips of the girls' seizures soon find their way to every smartphone in Dryden.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a flop 1 Aug 2014
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High school friends Gabby and Deenie are horrified and frightened when the third member of their group, Lise, has a fit in class, falling to the floor and frothing at the mouth. She's taken home, then later to hospital. Nobody knows what has caused this, which adds to the confusion and fear. Seemingly only the girls are affected, whilst the boys treat is as some sort of joke. There is an overwhelming sense of sexual tension in this book, where girls lose their virginity and then fall victim to this plague - is there a connection?

I found it hard to believe that one girl being taken ill could cause such consternation that almost the whole school, students, teachers and admin staff, wanted to know what was going on. Once it started to happen to other girls,yes, but not with the first one; I found that a bit of stretch.

Having enjoyed two of her previous novels, especially "The End of Everything" and "Dare Me" to a lesser extent, I had expected a really interesting storyline. Sadly this was not the case. This one is described as a "chilling story of guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire". I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller, but what I got was a lot of - well, nothing, really. Abbott gets into the minds of teenagers very well, but unfortunately I couldn't relate or sympathise with any of the characters, and so for me, this book has been a real struggle. In fact, I'll be honest, I haven't quite finished it and I don't know if I even want to. So disappointed as it's well written and I do like her writing style, it's just for me, the actual storyline didn't do much.

I would rate this at one and a half stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated and Convoluted 26 July 2014
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A major protagonist in ‘The Fever’ is teenager Deenie Nash with others as her hockey obsessed brother and her schoolteacher father, living as a well-balanced family in spite of the mother abandoning them. This allows the story to unravel from three perspectives - Deenie’s, her brother’s and her father’s where below the surface there are secrets and guilt, and there are complications with both teenage and adult relationships and friendships. One of Deenie’s friends is struck down by an unknown condition, followed by others apparently affected. The result is a convoluted tale of parental anxiety from the father, heart-throb attention to the brother, and insecurity amongst Deenie’s friends.

Author Megan Abbott provides insights to adolescent complications over sexuality, desires and behaviour with innuendo reference to losing virginity, oral sex etc. but this comes across as somewhat sensationalist rather than moral thought provocation. In addition Deenie’s father begins to see his children and pupils as sexual beings, and with flashbacks to difficulties with his wife he is tempted into new liaisons. Outside personal issues Megan Abbott attempts to build up tension and suspense via paranoia and panic as the community reacts to what is viewed as a sort of seizure and fever epidemic, yet hysteria is muted with only hazy focus for crisis. Unrealistically it is left to Deenie, brother and friends to deal with the mystery, which may be OK for a YA novel, but it renders it only average - hence 3-star rating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Had a very good write up in a Sunday paper
Had a very good write up in a Sunday paper, but did not live up to expectation. Would be more suitable for teenagers.
Published 19 days ago by MR AUSTEN T WYNNE
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Effective Escapism
After a contrived start, this book gathers momentum and held me through to the end. A fine bit of fluff.
Published 20 days ago by Good Morning London
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
It was the plot which grabbed my attention. But it didn't turn out to be what I had expected (i.e. a tense literary thriller) and instead was an exploration of well, hysteria. Read more
Published 24 days ago by D. P. Mankin
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbott's writing style is excellent and the premise had me eager to...
5 3.5/5 Megan Abbott's latest book, The Fever, is the first title I've read from this author.

Abbott starts off her book with a group of girls discussing "The... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luanne Ollivier
3.0 out of 5 stars A strange and creepy book
Megan Abbott writes in a way that makes the story addictive; I couldn't put the book down. It was a weird, creepy look into the pressures on teenage girls to act in certain ways... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meghan Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
This is amazingly intense and brilliantly well thought out. I was drawn in right from the start of the book, the characters are very real . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fever
This novel says much about the tenuous nature of life. There is an intrinsic sense of friability amongst the characters, with always something around the corner to disturb the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandford
4.0 out of 5 stars Who or what is causing The Fever?
The Fever was an enjoyable book set largely in an American high school and featuring mainly female teenagers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison
2.0 out of 5 stars Salem redux
I struggled to get into this novel, the first I'd read from Megan Abbott. I thought it was going to be an epidemic-style thriller, but instead it's a psychological exploration of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura T
5.0 out of 5 stars So plausible and observant that it had me worried!
When the female students of Dryden High start coming down with a mysterious and frightening ailment, the whole community is thrown into mass hysteria as medical experts try to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa-W
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