Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott
4 Stars , Reviews / August 10, 2015

The Fever by Megan Abbott is eerily captivating. It is a coming of age tale that explores all the normal pressures and miles stones high school brings.  But in addition to the typical topics of sex and social circles, this book brings in addition stress for the kids of Dryden. It starts with one girl, Lise, one of Deenie’s closest friends. During class, she falls quite ill, suffering a mysterious illness. Getting information on exactly what is wrong with her is hard, all Deenie learns is that she seems to be sicker. The story focuses closest on Deenie Nash, but we also get perspectives from her father Tom, who is a teacher at the high school, as well as her brother Eli who is a star of the hockey team, and evidently every teen girl’s fantasy. I enjoyed all three perspectives. Deenie is a good kid, who is questioning a recent decision she made quite impulsively. A decision she can’t take back or change and she worries what impact it may have. She also is worried for her friends as the first two girls afflicted are her two closest friends.  Abbott does a wonderful job capturing both the mystery behind the ailments…