Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: Essay Topics

The Novel Novice staff has become enchanted by Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush … and today, we’re featuring some essay topics related to this book:

* The title, Hush, Hush is never directly mentioned in the book. To what (or who) does it refer? Why do you think this title was chosen? What could the sequel’s title, Crescendo mean? Use examples from the text to back up your answers.

* Boundaries and barriers (or lack thereof) are everywhere in Hush, Hush. Pick two or three and explain their significance, both literal and figurative. Use the text, and outside sources, to reinforce your explanations.

* Both Hush, Hush and Twilight feature extraordinary male leads paired with average girls. What other similarities can you find? Make sure to find examples in the text and use quotes when appropriate.

* A literary foil is a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight various features of the main character’s personality: to throw the character of the protagonist into sharper relief. A foil also usually has some important characteristics in common with the other character — superficial traits or personal history. In Hush, Hush, who is Nora’s foil? Prove it, using the text to support your claim.

If you’ve written a paper on any of these topics, or any other YA book, e-mail it to and you could see it featured right here on Novel Novice!


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