I don’t read much YA. Unless, apparently it’s dystopian or fantasy, but that’s for another post. Thus, diving into a contemporary YA novel is always an unknown adventure. I try and read novels out of my normal scope from time to time and this one piqued my interest in that it was based on real life events (the accident) of people in the life of the author. Here’s a bit more about Hit by Lorie Ann Grover:
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.
I cannot even began to fathom the horror a parent would feel and experience when their child is in such a terrible accident. (I think that’s sign #1 YA isn’t so much my genre, when I instantly connect with the parents in the story.) Anyway, I thought Grover was able to provide a honest look at how it would be for parents, siblings and of course the girl in the accident. Knowing this aspect was based off of real events, my heart definitely went out to the family and that part of the storyline.
It’s hard to write this review, because my bias keeps trying to creep in. So while reading, I found my youth/college ministry leader coming out at times wanting to impart sound advice to the kids. As the writing is geared towards teenagers, I realized it’s not my style. But I’m not in high school anymore and haven’t been for a while, so I think this could be a good read for that age group.
What are some fiction books you’ve read based on real life events that you enjoyed? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
(Thank you to BlinkYA for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)