Review~ Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Review~ Hysteria by Megan MirandaHysteria by Megan Miranda
Published by Walker Childrens on February 5th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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"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"


Beings I wasn’t a HUGE fan of Fracture, I was a little hesitant going into this one. I’m not one for thrillers, on a good day, and since I was a little disappointed with her previous novel, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. BUT. The premise was so promising I HAD to read it. 

There are -a few- things I really liked. This is one of those stories that has you questioning EVERYTHING. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if what Mallory was experiencing was real or in her head, and the execution of these events was perfect. Throughout the novel; we experience flash backs and she starts to remember parts of that night, also giving us a better look at her life BEFORE. We unravel the mystery about that night with Mallory and I happy to say I didn’t figure it out before she did. That always sucks. BUT. While I enjoyed all that, that’s pretty much ALL I enjoyed. There was just too much added to the plot that I felt wasn’t necessary. Also, Mallory doesn’t make things easy, on herself OR anyone else and it’s really hard to sympathize with stupidity.

Mallory. Hm.. Honestly, I am all kinds of mixed up about her. She’s dealing with some serious trauma, she’s paranoid, feels guilt and is more or less shunned because of what happened that night. This shows her strength.  What she does for Colleen towards the end shows her love and dedication to her. But in the same token, I thought the things she did to “protect” herself were stupid. She had more than one opportunity to talk to someone about what was going on, and she didn’t. As the plot unfolds of HOW and WHY she was with Brian in the first place, I started to dislike her more and more.

While I enjoyed the mystery, I felt there were some serious holes and too many things that were just unrealistic. For starters; who in their right MIND sends their child AWAY only weeks after killing someone? I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure she didn’t see a psychiatrist either. Everyone shuts down around her, excluding Colleen, because of how that night effected THEM. No one really, asked Mallory how she was holding up. Of course, things need to happen to set up later events, right? But here, it felt nonessential. The whole story line with Jason- complete waste. I honestly don’t see the reasoning for throwing that in, other than to have another reason for Mallory to sink deeper into her paranoia and set up the events towards the end. It was “solved” but I felt the explanations and details given regarding that were very vague. I’m still trying to figure out everything that had happened the night she killed Brian too. Maybe I missed something but I just don’t see WHY she did it. *shrug*

As for Reid. I thought things between them were kind of weird at first. They had NO contact for two years and it wasn’t like they left things on good terms. He’s awesome and stupid at the same time to side with Mallory, since most people would have run away. I am happy to say that their romance doesn’t overshadow everything else- and the way things ended with them was very open-ended, leaving you to draw your own conclusions on how they work out.

Overall~ I enjoyed the mystery aspect. That part is executed well- since I didn’t figure everything out right away. But I just couldn’t like it beyond that. There were too many loose ends and unrealistic events for my liking. Thoroughly disappointed.


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This book was read toward my goal for the YA Contemporary Challenge hosted by Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog

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0 thoughts on “Review~ Hysteria by Megan Miranda

  1. Danielle

    “it’s really hard to sympathize with stupidity” This cracked me up lol! That’s a shame it was overly complicated especially since the mystery part sounded fab!

    1. tonyalee

      It is. I liked trying to figure out what the heck happened. I mean yeah, she killed the dude.. But I still don’t understand WHY. *shrug* Maybe that’s all lost on me

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