Study Guide

Shiver Tough-o-Meter

By Maggie Stiefvater


(3) Base Camp

This whole book is poetry. It's lyrical and lovely, even when describing painful things like werewolf transformations. But it's easy to read, just like eating a bunch of yummy treats. Speaking of treats, the hardest thing about reading Shiver is not getting hungry. You are going to want peppermint. You are going to want hot chocolate. We don’t recommend reading this book on an empty stomach. Don’t trust us? Here's a taste-test of the text:

I closed my eyes, flared my nostrils, and let the scents flood in. The strongest of them, caramel and brown sugar, smell as yellow-orange as the sun, came first. […] Then chocolate, of course, the bitter dark and the sugary milk chocolate. […] Peppermint swirled into my nostrils, sharp as glass, then raspberry, almost too sweet, like too-ripe fruit. Apple, crisp... (43.91)

Seriously, it just goes on and on like this. You will drool all over the pages. So bundle up, grab some apple pie, and get ready to Shiver.