The Fever After her best friend Lise falls from her seat in math class convulsing and foaming at the mouth, Deenie is understandably concerned. But when her… The Fever After her best friend Lise falls from her seat in math class convulsing and foaming at the mouth, Deenie is understandably concerned. But when her… 2014-07-17 Fiction Little, Brown and Company
Book Review

The Fever (2014)

THE FEVER Megan Abbott
THE FEVER Megan Abbott
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 17, 2014; Writer: Megan Abbott; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

After her best friend Lise falls from her seat in math class convulsing and foaming at the mouth, Deenie is understandably concerned. But when her other BFF Gabby has a similar episode in the middle of an orchestra concert, Deenie suspects she might be the next victim — or worse, the cause. Other girls in their clique begin exhibiting similar mysterious symptoms, and once iPhone videos of them having fits hit YouTube and then the news, hysteria sweeps their suburban community. Adults are quick to name culprits, including HPV vaccinations, toxic pond water, and plain old female trouble, but the answer seems to lie in the complicated friendships and unspoken rivalries among the afflicted. Throughout, Abbott grounds the story in unsettling realism — the characters sound and act like real adolescents with real problems. But it's the final act, marked by a gothic, deeply weird twist, where the fever gets you, too. B+

Originally posted Jul 16, 2014 Published in issue #1321-1322 Jul 25, 2014 Order article reprints
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