The Fever by Megan Abbott

the fever

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*This e-galley was requested via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

The Fever

The day is just a regular day. A normal day. A school day. The day would be hard to remember, a person might be hard-pressed to tell you about any exciting news that day… Except for the fact that this day turns from normal to memorable in a matter of minutes.

When Lise, Deenie’s best friend, has a seizure in class- naturally people are concerned. But with the ways of social media- the teens start passing pictures and gossip back and forth in a matter of minutes about what is wrong with Lise- a girl who, until recently, had not garnered much attention- at least not to when she went to the pool in a bathing suit that the boys are still talking about. Deenie is scared- worried for Lise; but not sure what to do. What she can do. When another friend of Deenie’s, Gabby, has a similar experience to Lise- the rumor mill really gets to working- what is happening to these girls? Is it something in the air? Is it something in the lake- the lake that is contaminated? Could this have anything to do with the HPV vaccine? Or is there something else, something more darker and mysterious that is causing the girls to get sick?

Told in 3 view points- Deenie, Tom (her father) and Eli (her brother)- all 3 want to know what is happening in their town and are curious as to why it’s happening now.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I’m so conflicted over this book. I really enjoyed DARE ME and I was so excited about the plot of THE FEVER. The prologue really intrigued me- at first, I had no clue what it all meant- but then, it all began to make sense.

As I read, though, while I was interested in wanting to know what was happening to these girls, why wasn’t it happening to Deenie and wanting to tell her brother, Eli, to buy a clue and realize that some of these girls were all crazy for him- I also was wanting to get to the point of the story. To find out what was happening. When the story was veering toward a polluted lake or HPV vaccine- I was feeling disappointed. It was just not what I expected from Megan- BUT…. in the end, it was classic Megan- maybe not quite as good as DARE ME, but very close!

All in all, THE FEVER was a book I was glad to read. A few pages could have been cut in my opinion (however, I’m willing to say that I was just unusually impatient to find out what was happening and once it was all revealed- well, I was totally enjoying that!) I believe I’m going to recommend this book to my book club- it’s got enough layers for discussion and the characters are flawed, but very relatable.


*This e-galley was requested via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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2 thoughts on “The Fever by Megan Abbott

  1. As a first time Megan Abbott reader, I loved this book – maybe because I didn’t know what to expect from her! It was interesting to hear your disappointment in the HPV or polluted lake story lines because they weren’t classic her. I thought they added some good grounding to a story that could have seemed way too “out there” for realist people like me 🙂 However, I thought the most interesting part of the book was that it was based on a true story out of LeRoy, NY…that made the medical mystery part especially interesting for me!

    • So the HPV thing- at first, when that was brought up- I was like “This could be interesting”- and I was enjoying some of the stuff with that side of the storyline. But, I think that part just dragged on too long for my liking- like it was an interesting theory ( and yes, kept it real!) but I needed a resolution to that a tad bit quicker. The lake, ahh that lake- besides the fact that it was polluted and people were still swimming in it (which I did not get at all!) to me- the lake angle almost seemed to be a bit too far-fetched or out there for me!

      I’ve only read DARE ME, which I highly recommend you read!

      I DID like that this book was based on a true story 🙂

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