by Lorie Ann Grover
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Just released: October 7, 2014
Hardback: 224 pages
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 come back to Luke whispering. "I can't believe I couldn't wait to see her! I just wanted to be sure she didn't look like a freak, but she does! Look how huge her head is. Don't you think her skin's actually green? And those black stitches and red ones clumped with brown blood chunks. Oh, man. She looks like death. A zombie, right?"
-chapter 18, page 84
This story details the aftermath of a car accident where a pedestrian is hit by a car. The author creates an awareness of the hazards of texting and driving with this tale.
The reaction of family and friends and hospital scenes were vividly portrayed.
Flashbacks of a budding romance between a student teacher and high school student occur throughout which included lovely poetry. This was the only part that did not work for me. Mostly because the crossing of boundaries between teacher and student did not sit right - in this particular story.
About the author:
Her fantasy novel, Firstborn, received a Kirkus Starred Review, and her board book, Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish, was named a Parents Magazine Best Children's Book. Lorie co-founded readergirlz and readertotz. Living with her husband in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, Lorie writes, practices weapons tai chi, and watches hawks take flight.
* review copy courtesy of Fall Reading Challenge 2014. @booksparks #FRC2014