HIT by Lorie Ann Grover

HIT

Age Range: 14 - 16
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A dual-narrator novel explores the concept of forgiveness.

Budding poet Sarah is torn between two colleges: Mills, which has offered her a full scholarship, and the University of Washington, whose only appeal is Mr. Haddings. A grad student and poet-in-residence at her school, the charismatic Haddings has Sarah considering a change of plans, to the dismay of Sarah’s controlling mother. Haddings knows he needs to keep the relationship professional, but he’s having a hard time with that. Then, in a moment of distraction, Haddings hits Sarah with his car. Over the next three days, Sarah will cope with the pain, the accident and her worries about her future, while her family—oblivious father, brittle mother and immature brother—and her best friend try to help her. Haddings copes with his crushing guilt, usually making choices that make everything worse. Straining credulity, both Sarah and Haddings wonder if there might be a chance for them still, when the more important question is whether they can ever forgive. Plot events are sequenced poorly and depend far too much on coincidence for their effect; the dual narrative does not provide substantial additional insight, making it feel contrived as well. Stilted dialogue makes characters feel flat, particularly Sarah’s brother.

Forgettable. (Fiction. 14-16)

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-310-7295-0-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Blink
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2014




MORE BY LORIE ANN GROVER

ChildrenA BIG HUG FOR LITTLE CUB by Lorie Ann Grover
by Lorie Ann Grover
ChildrenFIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover
by Lorie Ann Grover
ChildrenHOLD ME TIGHT by Lorie Ann Grover
by Lorie Ann Grover

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenGOLDEN by Jessi Kirby
by Jessi Kirby
ChildrenTEACH ME by R. A. Nelson
by R. A. Nelson
ChildrenTHE SWEET REVENGE OF CELIA DOOR by Karen Finneyfrock
by Karen Finneyfrock