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The Hollow

By: Jessica Verday
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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Publisher's Summary

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and who keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again - but also special.

Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she earns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen’s betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her, one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

©2009 Jessica Miller (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“The Hollow…is a phenomenal read that will leave you itching to read the sequel! Jessica Verday is my favorite breakout author of 2009!” (Alex Malerba for twilightseriestheories.com)
“Verday’s paranormal romance has an intriguing premise…that will easily attract a teen female readership…With a cliffhanger ending and impending sequel this novel will find many fans.” ( Booklist)
“This inventive tale from a first-time author cleverly interweaves elements of Washington Irving’s famous The Legend of Sleepy Hollow not only in the setting, but also in the characters…Readers, particularly fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight…and other supernatural romances, will clamor for the second novel in this trilogy.” ( School Library Journal)

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Slow

Very very slow. Only the last hour of the story was intresting. Waste of a credit!

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OMG Get on with it already

What disappointed you about The Hollow?

Everything, the plot line sounded interesting but it took forever to go anywhere

Has The Hollow turned you off from other books in this genre?

Perhaps

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her painful enunciation of every letter of every word put my teeth on edge, she did however manage to read it in a way that made me think something good was around the corner when in reality it was further minutia about how the main characters feet were cold and the long drawn out process she would take to warm them up, blah, blah, blah - get on with the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger this book could have been reduced to a short story and been a completely interesting read-all the details of how Abby walked to school, her perfume making, what her parents were saying at any given moment - it just dragged on & on - I finally skipped to the epilogue without any fear of missing something good - I hate not finishing a book

Any additional comments?

The story got lost in the detail-cut the crap next time and I may read another.

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Poor execution of a good idea

I like the idea for the story and the cover art. Unfortunately, this book never really developed. Way too much time devoted to the mundane... going to bed, waking up, eating breakfast, going to school, doing home work... The book quickly develed into nothingness and very little was actually dedicated to the death/mystery of Kristen.

Pass on this one.

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I'M SO MAD RIGHT NOW

It's interesting but drags on, I would have liked it a lot more if it was about half as long, because the book spends a lot of time on events that lead to nothing and have no purpose.
Also the big twist ending was kind of a let down, because it was pretty obvious from the first chapter. And they don't answer the main question at all. Like the whole point of the book, the thing that's supposedly driving the PLOT, is never answered. which seems like a cheap way to get people to read the sequel. and I'm not sure my heart can take it.
I give her credit, it was a very realistic portrayal of grief, but it lasts so long that after a few chapters you just want to tell your mom you love her and take a nap because you're so emotionally exhausted.
Jessica is clearly a good writer, but I don't think this story wasn't handled very well.

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Pretty good

Although this book kept me intrigued, it is definitely geared more for middle school/ high schoolers. I do want to know what happens next though, so I will probably get the second book.

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Read and listened

I’ve read this book on my own many years ago and decided to listen just recently. I’d forgotten how wonderful the story is.

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Great book

I read this book back and highschool and loved it so I gave it a reread, well listen. Still love the book but I feel like the girl who performed it had an almost angry tone to her voice in some spots that I didnt quite feel it fit the story. But otherwise loved it.

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Do not buy it

I tried to finish this book... I am halfway through and I can not go any further. I will never get these hours of my life back!

Do not read this book!

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could not finish

I wanted to enjoy this book, and I tried really hard to. But, the author's writing style is just too annoying. The minute details that are unnecessary are too abundant. The premise is cool, and there are some interesting parts, but overall I didn't finish it. Disappointing.

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Haunting good

The Hollow Trilogy is one of my favorite series. I know what’s going to happen since I’ve read the books before, but listening to it is totally different