Book-the-feverReviewed by Lindsay Yocum

Deenie, Lise, and Gabby have all grown up together and remained best friends all through school. High school proves to be the hardest on their friendship as new friends seem to pull them in different directions, especially Gabby.

Lise comes down with a mysterious and potentially life threatening illness that puts her in the hospital after a seizure like episode occurs at school. Deenie, who is closest to Lise, is shaken by witnessing her friend’s episode and finds little comfort in Gabby. Gabby is constantly surrounded by the new girl who is always less than thrilled to see Deenie.

Rumors swirl about Lise’s illness and other girls begin to report similar symptoms as the days pass. Some blame the new vaccine, Gardasil, and the community holds on to this as the answer, swearing their daughters were never the same after receiving the vaccine. No answers actually come, but Deenie becomes worried when she remembers the warnings given to them as children to stay out of the lake. Apparently, people are never the same after entering the lake. Deenie knows this from experience–whatever the lake has going on made her mother sick and she eventually died. But all the warnings didn’t stop the girls from sneaking through the fence and ignoring the “Keep Out” signs surrounding the lake.

As the days pass, Lise gets worse and worse and there doesn’t seem to be any viable explanations for her illness. Are the sudden onsets of new illnesses related to Lise? And if so, who or what could be the cause of this? Just when Deenie thinks she has it all figured out, she is blindsided with new information after months of coming up empty. Is it enough to save her friend?

I have to say, I enjoyed The Fever. It was a little weird at times, but there was always this suspense that stuck with you through the entire book. It definitely kept me guessing and I have always enjoyed a book that keeps me on my toes. There were some parts in the book that I think could have been either left out or elaborated on more, but overall, it flowed together really well. I give this book a rating of 3, because while it was a good read it may not be everybody’s cup of tea. It had a very young adult feel to it and I am sure anyone in that audience will love it.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Lindsay is a young, Christian entrepreneur, owner of Spectra Marketing Solutions and Co-Founder of ChairWear Fashion, creator of the Chirt (a patent-pending custom office chair cover). In her spare time, she works as a promotional model for various talent agencies and enjoys reading, blogging, home improvement, Pinterest, and especially enjoying life as a new mom with her amazing husband and business partner.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Little, Brown and Company. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.