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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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Walker Childrens
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such an interesting premise so thoroughly destroyed. For the second time (the first being Fracture, of course), Megan Miranda had a fantastic idea and just didn’t follow through. When I requested this book, I was pretty sure I would be getting a psychological thriller of some sort, possibly with paranormal elements. But a thriller should be thrilling, right? Yeah, Hysteria… not so much.

So I let him whisper in my ear and put his hands on my hips. And I listened to...more
Emily May
Gave up.
Even though I had some problems with Fracture, it was creepy and entertaining, unlike this which was just boring (I read to chapter 5, page 70).
Also, we are introduced immediately to two (I'm assuming, because of the way they are portrayed) potential love interests (good guy she's known forever vs cocky bad boy she's just met). Then, of course, there's the use of bitchy, pretty blonde girl - whose t-shirt is indecently tight - to make our protagonist look better...
Right now I honestly do...more
Renu
Unfortunately this is another case of "had potential but failed in execution."

Hysteria was a let down on so many levels. I was expecting a thriller with a mysterious atmosphere and an unpredictable plot. What I actually got was an unlikable heroine in a boarding school with means girls and two guys vying for her attention.

Mallory was an annoying and immature mc who I could not muster any sympathy for. In a flashback she explains that she was interested in Dylan (Brian's brother) and the feeling...more
Rose
Initial reaction: You know those times when you start off really liking a book but then as you go along it feels like a balloon that deflates as time goes on, which by the end it's no longer floating but barely tracing the ground? That's what this book did to me. Man, I sincerely thought I'd come out of this reading experience singing the praises of this book because it actually started off intriguing enough. It really did. Yet it became more ridiculous and formulaic as time went on and by the t...more
Sam
“Secrets weren’t a currency. They were a burden. A heavy, dangerous burden.”

My thoughts on Hysteria, Megan Miranda’s second novel, are very much scattered. Admittedly, my expectations for this book were not particularly high – and perhaps that helped to some extent – but I am fairly satisfied with the end product, despite moments of disappointment.

The biggest fault of this book is its transparent plot. For a story marketed as a psychological thriller, it is a margin too predictable, rendering m...more
Zemira Warner
This whole book was a moment of great frustration. Since I didn’t have any (high) expectations I thought everything would be fine. I would get a creepy mystery about some dead dude. The girl would try and figure out who actually did kill him and everyone would apologize to her because they all thought she was the one who killed him. But by the end of the book the whole murder wasn’t even THAT important because she had to solve another murder and fight with mean girls.

The main character kept on d...more
Jenni Arndt
Hysteria was a novel that caught my eye the moment I saw the cover reveal. I loved the font treatment, the popping use of the color red and the eerie feel that it conveys so well. Once I started reading the novel I was quick to realize that the eerie feel was going to be a running theme between the cover and the text which was so great. But as the story wore on my failure to connect with the characters on a deep level kept it from reaching amazing status and left it as simply an enjoyable read....more
Nafiza
So in case you didn’t know, I love Fracture by Megan Miranda. I thought it was brilliant and when I heard that there is going to be a sequel, I did a happy, nerdy dance. I picked up a copy of the ARC of Hysteria from ALA and I am part of the blog tour. Hopefully, I will remember to list the tour stops at the end of the review but just ask me in case I don’t.

Anyway, moving on to the novel.

To be completely honest with you, I am still a bit uncertain about how I feel. This book is compulsively read...more
Heather
(This review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

I am a HUGE fan of Megan Miranda. I love the way she writes, and I love the plot of her stories. When I saw Hysteria by her, I knew I had to read this book! I must say that she didn't disappoint me.

Mallory killed her ex-boyfriend in self defense, so she claims, but she can't really remember what happened that night. Mallory's parents ship her off to a boarding school to get her away from everything...more
Chelsea N
This is not a thriller book. This is one of those "mystery" books. The way the author wrote the book...I can't describe it. It was good but it jut didn't quite work the way I think she intended.

The main character murdered her boyfriend who happens to be the older brother of her last crush. She basically dates him cause he would kiss her. Yeah good thinking. Can't see how that would cause problems at all.

The flashbacks did not workout for me. They were usually flashbacks of that night, but at d...more
S.F. Robertson
I'm going to be honest. I've been in a major reading slump lately, and have been desperately waiting for that book that would exceed my expectations and get me psyched about reading again. Boy, did Hysteria do the trick! It was just the novel to get my blood pumping.

From the novel's first line, "My mother hid the knife block," to the very last chapters, I was hooked. A mere three hours was all it took for me to plow through Megan Miranda's sophomore novel. Effortless in its construction and per...more
Emily (Book Jems)
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

After reading Megan Miranda's debut title, Fracture, and loving it, I looked forward to seeing how her writing would progress. When the cover for Hysteria was released, I knew I would enjoy this book. No, it's not the best book of all time, but it really is a exellent and eery tale.

Mallory can't remember the night she killed her boyfriend, Brian. She wasn't charged with a crime, since it was ruled self-defense, but her parents still decide to send her off to Monroe...more
~Tina~
Sixteen year old Mallory Murphy killed her boyfriend but can't remember what really happened that night. Mallory's parents worried about all the gossips and threats decided to give her a fresh start, in New Hampshire at a boarding school that her father once went to. Monroe Academy.
Thinking that her problems might be past her, Mallory starts to feel the boom of an eerie presence that wont seem to let her go. Someone or something wont let her forget that night making Mallory feel like she's losi...more
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/...

I read Fracture , Megan Miranda’s debut this time last year and I instantly fell in love with her writing. The plot was fast-paced, the characters relatable and there literally wasn’t one dull moment in the story. So when I first saw that the author had a new book coming out this year, I knew I was in for a treat.

If I had to pick one thing I love about Miranda’s books it would definitely be her ability to grab my attention right awa...more
Jennifer
4.5/5 stars


This book is a YA contemporary mystery. I am definitely liking this new trend -so many YA books seem to be including a mystery element.

The narrator is Mallory. When the book begins we find out that Mallory stabbed her boyfriend Brian in her kitchen. And killed him. But we don't know any of the details.

Her parents send her to boarding school (the same one her dad went to). But she has to leave her best friend Colleen.

Also, she can't really remember much of what happened the night Brian...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I kind of loved Megan Miranda's debut novel Fracture when I read it early last year, so I had pretty high hopes for Hysteria, despite seeing a lot of mixed reviews for it. But I know what resonates with me as a reader, and I rarely go wrong with psychological thrillers, so I maintained those high expectations. I just knew that I would enjoy this novel, and I'm not at all surprised that I was right. That's the price you pay for being an insufferable know-it-all...you can't surprise yourself anymo...more
Andreea
Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for sending me this e-book.

I was somehow disappointed with this book, not because it wasn't good, but because I expected so much more from it. Seeing the cover and reading the description, I thought Hysteria was going to be a little bit creepy and full of suspense. Unfortunately, for the most part it was another "girl goes to another school, encounters some mean girls and falls in love with a nice boy" story. Don't get me wrong, there were so...more
Chelesbells
*2.5 stars*

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. Gr...more
Misty Baker
** A 3.5 Review **

Quote this...“Something lingered in my room. Like the dust hovering in the slant of light beside my bed. Like the air before a thunderstorm. The threat of something coming.”

Hysteria is defined as: a psychoneurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions, and various abnormal effects due to autosuggestion.
Autosuggestion: self-administered stimuli which reaches ones mind through the five senses.

One more.

Conversion disord...more
Lottie Eve
My thoughts about this book can be described with only one word: boring. Hysteria had a great premise but it was not executed well. Awhile reading this book I kept drifting off and then after realizing that I was bored out of my mind I would put the book down and do something else.

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I found Mallory to be a boring and often times annoying character. She never did anything to help herself and I didn’t find much personality to her. I want to at least like the main character of a book and not just tol...more
Nara

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Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for sending me an advance copy of Hysteria through NetGalley. In no way did this affect my opinion of the book.

I remember reading Miranda's debut novel, Fracture, and being decidedly unimpressed by it. I know I must have been unimpressed by it because, honestly, I can't remember ANYTHING about it. I went back and looked at the blurb, but nope, not ringing a bell...awkward. (I do read a lot of books, so anything me...more
Marsha
I think I would have liked this a lot more when I was in 7th grade. The main character, 16 year old Mallory, kills her "boyfriend" with a kitchen knife in self defense, and afterwards feels a presence constantly threatening her. Is it his ghost? Or his mother? Or in her mind? Why didn't her parents get her into counseling? Instead, they send her to a private boarding school where there is no cell phone service and the threat becomes more intense. She hides a butcher knife in her room to defend h...more
Hannah
Wow. I thought this book would be alright, but I really didn't expect it to be as amazing as it was. This was the first book in a long time that kept me up late to read it. It had a lot of unexpected twists and a very complex plot. It makes me want to go back and reread Fracture because now I remember what an amazing author Miranda is. (view spoiler)...more
Tammie
I think this is supposed to be a psychological thriller, but it just isn't thrilling enough to categorize as a thriller. It is full of mystery though which is what drew me in. I just think it could have been written in a far creepier way. I wasn't impressed with the use of the "f" word so much in it, and most of the story was pretty predicatable, but it was a quick, fun read. I do really like the cover.
Books
Well, well, well. This was at least something a little different. Part mystery, part suspense, and part psychological thriller, I was captivated yet thoroughly confused by this story. So much so, I still can’t figure out whether I loved it or hated it. I feel rather “meh” about it, actually. In the end, everything makes sense once you get the complete picture, but to get to that point you first have to survive a somewhat tiresome journey with a very exasperating protagonist who tends to run from...more
Joe
Keep the book's title in mind as you move through this plot. I think it was the author's intention to mirror the hysteria in the aftermath of stabbing a boyfriend to death. It would explain the bizarre twists, turns, and half-developed characters that plague the plot.

Was it good? You know, I found myself wanting to put it down after first one chapter, then the third, and then it was finished. So, yes, it's good, but it felt like the puzzle was crammed together. I felt no sense of closure for the...more
Sophie Jordan
LOVED Fracture! Megan Miranda instantly became an auto buy for me. CANNOT wait to read this book!
Alex
This could have been such a good book, and it honestly pains me that it wasn't.

The premise was intriguing and the beginning was solid, but somewhere along the way it just lost steam. We learn in the first chapter that Mallory killed her boyfriend in self-defense, but no one knows what actually happened, including Mallory herself. Her parents send her away to a boarding school that has its own secrets, and Mallory finds herself stuck trying to figure out what's real and what isn't.

Every now and t...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
I really enjoyed Megan Miranda's first book, so I was looking forward to reading this one.

Mallory isn't doing so well at the moment. Her boyfriend Brian is dead, her parents act a little too cautiously around her, her best friend Colleen is grounded, and Brian's mother keeps hassling her. She's continually haunted by what she did to Brian, even if the trauma of that night has suppressed most of what actually happened.

Home doesn't feel the way it used to, so when her parents announce they're send...more
Rachel Webb
Mallory doesn't remember what happened the night she killed her boyfriend Brian, but she is cleared due to self defense. His mother however begins to stalk Mallory so her parents send her to Monroe boarding school to keep her safe. While at Monroe, Mallory is still plagued by hallucinations and bad dreams about that night and when another student ends up dead on her floor in her locked room, suspicion falls on her again and she has to find a way to remember what happened both nights in order to...more
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Megan is a scientist - turned - teacher - turned - stay-at-home-mom - turned - writer. She is not nearly as indecisive as she sounds. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor, does the mom thing by day, and writes by night.

Her first novel, FRACTURE, was published in January 2012 by Walker/Bloomsbury. HYSTERIA, a YA psychological thriller, will...more
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