Hit – Lorie Ann Grover
Synopsis: “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.”
What can I say about Hit? Well, I’m actually kind of torn with the story. It was too short in my opinion and could have had a lot more depth and a better ending. The book only spans around three days. Does Sarah fully recover? Did she get to go to college? What happens with Mr. Haddings? I need to know. Please don’t leave me hanging like this.
The viewpoint does shift between Sarah and Mr. Haddings, so you do get to see what the both of them go through at roughly the same time. Mr. Haddings guilt from the accident was probably the best written parts in the story.
The other characters, Sarah’s family and her friend Cydni reacted like real people would in that sort of horrific situation. But Sarah’s crush on Mr. Haddings, even while he tried to tell her that they can’t possibly be together, she still believes they can. That really annoyed me about her. And the fact that she sort of thought he might have done it on purpose.
Overall, the story was okay. It’s about 215 pages long and could be read in one sitting depending on how fast you can read.