10 February 2013

Book Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Title:  Hysteria
Author:  Megan Miranda
File type:  eARC
Release date:  February 5th, 2013
Genre:  YA, mystery, thriller

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.

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 digging her grave throughout the whole book. Her parents ship her of to this boarding school which sounds fantastic if you ask me. By fantastic I mean, if I was a sane person not accused of stabbing my boyfriend. She should ship her ass to a looney bin till she sorted out her problems. Not send her into a place where she can get it on with everyone, since this wasn’t an all-girls boarding school.  

There were too many YA stereotypes in this book I couldn’t ignore. First of there was a bunch of mean girl and the main mean girl, Krista was of course blond and somewhat slutty looking.  Then there was a guy she knew before and a new cocky/obnoxious ladies-man.  Acting like a bunch of brats, not just the ‘bad’ characters.  I could deal with all of this is any of them had any real personality. But there wasn’t anything new about them. They were just like every other typical annoying kid. 


  1. That sucks. It doesn't sound unique at all. I'm okay with mean girls every once and awhile but sometimes just... no. I don't really know much about this book. The summary sounds interesting but it looks like I avoided a not so great read :/

  2. I keep telling myself not to fall for book with interesting/pretty covers and I usually do stay away from them but when I do cave in I end up with total rubbish.

  3. I wasn't really interested in this book, and I keep seeing negative reviews and now that you didn't like it, I'm definitely skipping it.

  4. Trust me,Anatea. It's not worth the time. I didn't wanted to leave it unfinished so I forced myself to skim the last 30% or the book.

  5. Thanks for this honest review. I'm going to pass on this one. I can't read any more of those stereotyped mean girls giving a protagonist a hard time and then the protagonist rising up in the end. Sigh.