Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another-Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants... And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
I read Hushed as part of the LGBT Reading Event being hosted by Adam @ Roof Beam Reader. I'm absolutely having a great time reading LGBT books and I'm surely going to explore the genre.
Thank you Adam for initiating and hosting such a cool event!
Throughout the book, I had a love-hate relationship with Archer. There were times when I wanted to slap him and there were time when I wanted to whisper in his ear that everything will be alright. His life is so screwed up that fixing it becomes a daunting task. Some of his actions were justifiable, while others seemed too spontaneous and too hard. He took too much on himself. He could have done better but he managed to do his best and he is a good guy which is all that matters.
Vivian was an absolute mess. I couldn't understand her and I couldn't relate to her. She was crazy and didn't know what she doing. She made Archer suffer so much. She meant everything to him and she only went to him when she needed him. It is understandable that she lost her brother and mom and was depressed, but she took crazy to a whole new level with her drama. The way she takes revenge against Archer was cruel.
The most amazing character in Hushed is Evan. He asks Archer for help in finding the school principal's office and the two eventually start hanging out. Author Kelley York explains the way in which Archer and Evan's relationship evolves in a very beautiful manner. Evan is the perfect, normal and clean balance to Archer's disgust, guilt and burdens. He is always there for Archer giving him his space at the same time. The romantic scenes between the two were so beautiful. I was so happy to read that they both make each other happy and they share a beautiful relationship. There was a scene where Archer is finding it hard to put a name to how Evan smells. He comes up with hope, if even there is such a scent. Evan smells of hope to Archer. How beautiful is that! The scene where Evan's sister sort of claims to like girls more than guys just to make their parents more comfortable about Evan and Archer was so sweet. Evan's family scenes and any scenes with Evan in them bought a normal and relaxed touch to the general tensed atmosphere of the book.
Archer's relations with his mother and Vivian's mother were also beautiful in their own way. I loved how close he was to Viv's mom, how much he cared about her, how much she meant to him and how she was more a mother to him than his own mother.
I do wish that the physical appearances of the main characters at least were more elaborated. I couldn't picture the guy on the cover as Archer (he looks so good, in case you hadn't already noticed!). I kept imagining Viv with dark hair when she actually had blonde hair.
Hushed is all about falling apart, breaking into a million pieces, picking those pieces up and emerging as a new person. It has a dark, depressing and disturbing edge to it. Kelley York's writing is simple, systematic and precise. Just like I did with Archer, I have a love-hate relationship with the book. I didn't like Hushed. No wait. I liked Hushed. Yes, I really liked Hushed. I don't have a concrete feeling about the book in my head, but I can say that Hushed was a beautiful and emotionally powerful read that I highly recommend.
I haven't read any LGBT book and I think I'll try reading one. This one sounds like a sad and hearbreaking read. I shall give it a try.ReplyDelete
Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?
Thanks for stopping by, Tanja! You can definitely give Hushed a try, it is a great read. :) It's really cool that you'll try reading LGBT books too!Delete
I love Hushed. It was one of those books that left me thinking about it for days after wards. I think there should be more YA/ New Adult books where the lead romantic couple is LGBT. I loved Evan and Archer together. If the author isn't very good at describing the characters I just conjure whatever comes naturally and try and remember not to correct other people if they say something different. That doesn't work sometimes. Glad you enjoyed it. Even if you are still confused. I know that feeling too.ReplyDelete
Becky @ A Reader's Devotion
Thanks for stopping by, Becky and for sharing your thoughts! I agree that it would be great if more YA/ New Adult books with LGBT protagonists come up and yes, about the appearances, I make up people in my head too! But I like it when it is detailed. It's cool to know that you liked Archer and Evan too. :)Delete
I only skimmed your review because I don't like reading them until after I've read the book. I saw enough that I want to read it and will put it on my TBR list. After reading, I will definitely read your review. I'm collecting so many books on my TBR list by following #OthersLitLGBT on Twitter this month! I'm on my 5th book now. I don't know how many I'll be able to read before end of month, but will definitely keep reading the list after Oct is over. Thanks so much for sharing this one.ReplyDelete
It's so cool that you've already read 5 books for the LGBT Reading month! Just like you, I plan on reading more LGBT books even after October. I'll be glad if you read my review after you read Hushed and thanks for stopping by now! I'd like to know how you find the book too.Delete
Happy reading! :)
Is that the book cover?ReplyDelete
Yes, it sure is! Thanks for stopping by, Haddock! :)Delete