Hit by Lorie Ann Grover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah’s future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all.
Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah’s attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.
But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her. – Book Information
I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review, and I’m honestly glad that I did! What I thought was going to be a cute little story turned into something much deeper and thought provoking than I realized.
The description above actually gives away most of the plot of the novel, but it is the way that it unfolds after her crash that truly catches my attention. There is wonderful character development, as well as an opening for questions; are the events playing out this way JUST because Sarah was in a crash… or were these decisions that each character would have made all along?
Something that I also really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that it’s told in dual perspectives. Chapters are led by either Sarah or Haddings, and doing so really gives us a perspective and taste for both individuals and their story.
The only thing about this book that I didn’t like (that I loved) was the fact that we aren’t given a complete conclusion. We’re left to wonder… and that’s actually a beautiful thing. If a book leaves me screaming “More, More!” Then the author did a good job.
5/5 stars. I think it’s pretty amazing!