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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

My most recent BookLookBlooger book is Hit by Lorie Ann Grover.

Eighteen year-old Sarah is a senior in high school when graduate student, Mr. Haddings, becomes poet in residence at her high school. While sitting in his poetry class Sarah falls in love with him. Despite his efforts to rebuff Sarah and squash whatever feelings they may have for each other, Sarah is determined to express herself to him. She sets off to school one rainy day with her poetry in her back pocket. Sarah accidentally drops the poem while crossing the street and goes back to retrieve it.

Mr. Haddings looks away from the road for a moment and doesn’t see the girl in the crosswalk. He hears the thud and its too late. What has he done?

Hit by Lorie Ann Grover tells Sarah and Mr. Haddings stories. Their lives are forever entertwined in that fateful moment in the rain. Will Sarah live and have the same kind of life she was headed towards? Will Mr. Haddings own what he has done or run away in fear? Will anyone be able to forgive?

Grover alludes to the fact that Hit is based a true story in the preface of her book, which made it even more interesting as a read. The story is fast-paced and filled with emotion. The narrator’s perspective switches between the two main characters, but I never found it confusing. Each section is fairly short, making it a great book to read in spurts.

I appreciated the way that Grover allowed her characters to have real emotions and feelings about the situation. Nothing felt sugar coated or glossed over. True anger was just that. There were several areas that never concluded. The story takes place over only a few days and is truly a snapshot of those days. The things that had happened in the family before these moments and the things that will happen after are left, relatively, untouched. While appreciated this aspect, it frustrated me some. I wanted to know what had led the tension in some of the relationships and if it would be resolved.

I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it. It is short enough that it could be read in one sitting, but could easily be chopped up and read in spurts. I hope you enjoy it too!

A copy of this book was provided to my by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really did like this book.

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