Book Review: Hit

By Lorie Ann Grover

Cydni suddenly shorts, "Sares, the car!" I straighten, tugging my eyes from her to the rumbling Mustang; my sopping shoes suction the wet street inches from the brilliant headlights. I lurch , flailing my arms and scramming from my gut "No!" The impact scoops me onto the sizzling hood. I'm sprawled like a broken loose-leaf binder then shot off the side of the car. In the dark through the tiny stinging raindrops I jangle apart. 

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is clear... 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 Mr. Haddings. Convinced he is flirting back she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket - one that says how she really feels. Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; and he has decided to end all speculation that morning. But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper and finds Sarah in the street with good pooling beneath her. 

Lorie Ann Grover is a co-founder of the influential site readergirlz, where she is a visible advocate for teen literacy and activism. In addition she is the author of four acclaimed novels: Hold Me Tight, a VOYA pick; On Pointe, a Bank Street College Best Children's book of the Year; Loose Threads, a Booklist Top 10 Youth First Novel; and Firstborn, which was nominated for the Kirkus Prize. Lorie Ann Lives in Washington with her husband.

If you can get past all the oddly spelled names Hit is great. I love the teen girl crush (I've had a few ;)) and the build up of the plot. Right when it looks like it's going to crash it speeds right back up. The characters are easy to connect with and I love Lorie Grover's writing style. 

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