Review of “Crescendo,” the Sequel to “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick

If you read my review of Hush, Hush you probably can’t wait to find out what happens next in this ongoing saga of angels both in and out of Grace and their interactions with human teens. This review has some barebones plot explication, and no spoilers for this book.

Nora, 16, is dating Patch, a former fallen angel. He earned his wings back by saving Nora’s life.

Suddenly, a little bell on the Christmas tree begins to tinkle as it sways back and forth. Zuzu points to the bell, dutifully reciting what her teacher told her about the significance of a ringing bell:

“Zuzu: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
George (grinning): That’s right, that’s right. (He congratulates Clarence, looking upward and giving a wink.) Attaboy, Clarence.”

Wait, wait, wrong story. Back to Crescendo. Nora tells Patch she loves him, and wants Patch to reciprocate. She almost wrecks everything [as usual, I might add]. If the archangels catch a Guardian Angel falling in love with a human, they send the Guardian Angel straight to Hell. Forever! [And you probably thought Heaven was only home to nice beings!]

Nora has pressures all around. Her best friend Vee really wants her to go to the mall with her:

Vee: ‘Macy’s is having a big sale. I need shoes, I need dresses, and I need a new fragrance.’

Nora: ‘You just bought new clothes. Two hundred dollars’ worth. Your mom is going to hemorrhage when she gets her MasterCard statement.’

Vee: ‘Yeah, but I need a boyfriend. And to get a boyfriend, you have to look good. Doesn’t hurt to smell good too.’”

Thank heavens brains don’t come into play, because these girls don’t exhibit much. And personality? Vee has no interests except food and men, and Nora has The Most Annoying Personality on Earth.

Nora decides she needs to break up with Patch in order to prevent the archangels from sending him to Hell. It’s not a good idea to dump her Guardian Angel, however, since all kinds of people want to kill Nora, including the reader.

Various suspenseful chase scenes ensue, in which we try to figure out just who is naughty and who is nice. And Patch is forced to communicate with Nora when she is sleeping so the archangels don’t overhear! Wait – I feel another reference to Christmas coming on!

“You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Evaluation: This will make a wonderful holiday book! Or perhaps not. Because you would totally have to give up the whole idea of “heavenly” angels. Even the archangels are meaner than junkyard dogs.

As with Hush, Hush, there is lots of stereotypical gender behavior, lots of idiotic impulsive risk-taking and attempts at “sleuthing” by Nora [Nora and Vee being pretty much dead ringers for Nancy Drew and Bess Marvin], and even more evidence that the world is just aswarm with fallen angels. AND, clearly Crescendo is only Number Two in a whole series! I can’t wait to find out what Nancy and Bess – I mean, Nora and Vee, get into next!

Rating: 1.5/5

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010

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18 Responses to Review of “Crescendo,” the Sequel to “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick

  1. Julie P. says:

    Absolutely hilarious!!!

  2. Doret says:

    I didn’t like Hush Hush and couldn’t even bring myself to finish it.

    I haven’t had much luck with the former angel books.

    I didn’t like nor could I finish Fallen either.

  3. bermudaonion says:

    I love your review, even though I’m not sure the book is for me.

  4. Margaret says:

    Your post caught my attention with the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life – a wonderful old film!

    Hush Hush however, doesn’t have the same attraction for me! I haven’t read it and doubt very much that I ever will.

  5. Sandy says:

    Haha! All kinds of people want to kill Nora including the reader? I love it! I missed your review of Hush, Hush, but I can glean an idea of how you felt! I’ve always really loved Hush’s cover, but have never been able to pick up the book. I’d get testy, I think. Bravo to you for keeping your good humor!

  6. Emily says:

    Ha, I can’t believe you went on to the second book in the series! Although it’s almost worth it just for that excellent diatribe on how fucked up our society’s socialization of teenagers is.

    Sounds like Nora & Vee are in need of a George Fayne character, pronto.

  7. softdrink says:

    You kept reading?!?!? Are you trying to get on Santa’s good list?

  8. zibilee says:

    I admire your tenacity with these books, but I don’t think they are for me at all. I loved your review and thought it was really funny, and despite the fact that I don’t want to read the books, I’d love to see your review of the next one!

  9. Staci says:

    Best review yet!!! Had me laughing all the way through it!!

  10. Jenny says:

    Hahaha, you make me laugh. And want to watch It’s a Wonderful Life again. I love It’s a Wonderful Life so much, even though it does imply that if not for a man, one of the women in George Bailey’s life would be a trashy hooker?stripper?something, and the other one would have a truly tragic life as a spinster.

    (I liked Bess. Was she the one who couldn’t swim in The Bungalow Mystery, my very favorite one?)

  11. Iris says:

    I was eating lunch while reading this, which wasn’t such a good idea.. I kept sniggering. And this almost killed me “since all kinds of people want to kill Nora, including the reader.”

    I’m looking forward to the release of the third book now, just to read your thoughts 😛

  12. marthalama says:

    Okay, this isn’t my kind of book so, chances are I won’t be reading it. But I just loved your review, laughed the whole time. So, while no to reading this book a big yes to reading the reviews. Thanks for a good laugh.

  13. Margot says:

    Yay! You found another book to hate, well, at least make fun of. That whole plot seems a little silly. It’s hard to believe that girls today who read actually go for this type of book. It takes all kinds. Thanks for the fun review.

  14. Marie says:

    Great review! I know this wouldn’t be my cup of tea but I loved reading your review!

  15. Jenners says:

    Well I, for one, am thrilled you are reading these books because your review is so darn fun and enjoyable! Keep on going!

  16. Amanda says:

    Okay, first off I’m surprised to hear you read the second book (which I didn’t even know existed). Second, this is by far the most amusing thing I’ve read all day. 😀

  17. amymckie says:

    Oh My God I just almost spit water all over my computer. This was AWESOME. Best. Review. Ever. You win. Hands down.

  18. maddie says:

    Oh my gosh even though I really like the first book Hush, Hush, even though it was kind of stupid i’ll be the first to admit, I loved this review, and the ” this would be a great Christmas story.” I was drinking hot chocolate while reading this review, well……….. come to think of it do you really want to know all those PRETTY details? Didn’t think so.

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