Review of Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

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Genre: YA Fiction/Contemporary

_225_350_Book.1361.coverNot Recommended.

Sarah is a senior in high school, preparing to make the decision about where to go to college, and day-dreaming about a graduate-student poetry teacher (Mr. Haddings), when she is hit by a car while crossing the street. The driver of the car happens to be Haddings.

The story is written in “live-diary” form from the back-and-forth perspectives of both Sarah and Haddings beginning the morning of the accident, and extending two full days and briefly into the third morning.

I have a personal pet peeve that I abhor the use of first person present tense in fiction–it always takes me a few chapters to get over the awkwardness of the tense and into the story–as was the case with Hit.

I’m also not sure what the purpose of the narrative should have been. I liked that this was based on a true story, and thought the perspectives, grievances, and emotions of the characters were dealt with well. But the outcome and message of the story were lacking considering the content (i.e. the near-death experience, aftermath, and inappropriate near-relationship between teacher and student). Also, the writing was simple (maybe 4th grade level); while the content was more mature (high school).

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blink.

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