Published by Blink on October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Hardcover provided by BookSparks
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 have to say that this was a fast paced story. Hit took place over 3 days only. It is about a relationship between a student and a teacher, and a tragic accident. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a read I would recommend. Unless, of course, you want a really quick read, can over look inaccurate medical information, and don’t mind an abrupt ending.
Sarah is crushing on Mr.Haddings, a 21 year old grad student who is teaching a poetry class at her school. She was all ready to follow the full scholarship she got at Mills College until she meets Haddings. Then she gets dead set on University of Washington, partly because Haddings goes there. Sarah is a senior and her life is finally falling into place. Until Mr. Haddings accidentally hits her with his car. She is injured pretty badly and pure chaos breaks out when everyone finds out who did it, especially for Sarah.
I had no idea this was going to be such a quick read. I finished this in just a few short hours. It wasn’t what I was expecting. The story is told in both Haddings and Sarah’s head, flip flopping perspectives. There was very little build up before the accident. Sarah is medevac’d from the accident scene to a nearby hospital due to her head injury. From there we get a play by play of goings on, and a bird’s eye view to what Sarah’s family is up to during the hospitalization. Sometimes, there is only a few paragraphs and we switch perspectives. I could not get into these characters. Haddings is unbelievable. We get no background from him. His reaction, his dealing with the best friend, and his parent’s advice….that’s it. He likes her, he makes a mistake, he buys her red roses, he stalks her at the hospital, he makes promises he can’t keep. Ugh.
Sarah has brain surgery, which is totally legit to keep blood from putting pressure on the brain. But then she is released two days later, (or it may be the next day, which is even worse). I know this is fiction, but seriously, that would never happen. I didn’t even think about it until a conversation happen in the last chapter. “It’s too soon,” Luke says. “Modern medicine,” dad countered. Almost as if the author was trying to cover the why question that we were all asking. No, just no! She had a brain injury, no way they just send her home. I am a nurse so I speak from a bit of experience. Hospitals do not release people that soon after cranial surgery.
Sarah is really helpless throughout most of this story. Her Mom dotes on her, she doesn’t even leave the hospital until they release her daughter. There is some kind of conflict with her Mother and Father, but we never really see it resolved or get to explore why her Mom is so angry. Sarah’s Mom is a saint to Sarah, and I hated that Sarah turns on her Mom at end. That made me really dislike her as a person, and then I just couldn’t care what choice she made. Another reason I can’t endore this tale: the ending sucked. It was abrupt without any real resolution. My first thought was that the author was sick of the story and just ended it quickly. Nothing else makes sense. This story would have been better if we learned what become of Sarah. If she and Haddings ever worked things out, if Sarah ever made it to college. But no, the author just ends the story in the middle of a conversation.
The only redeeming quality about this book is that it points something out that could happen to anyone. Distracted driving is almost an epidemic and this story highlights one what-if scenario. #redthumbmovement It is even rumored that this is based on an actual event that happened to a friend of the author. Also, after I finished it I found out Blink published it. Blink is a Christian branch of HarperCollins. I hate when religion is crammed into a story. Hit touched on prayer very lightly and left it alone. I am grateful for that.
Here is who I think this book would appeal to: middle school kids, immature high schoolers, teachers of those people, parents who might want to share this with their kids about texting and driving. People who want a quick read, few characters, without much back story, and people who don’t mind an abrupt ending.
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