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. [Via Goodreads]
Sara is a young high school student recently awarded a scholarship to her school of choice and things seem to be going according to plan. That is until a young Mr. Haddings, student teacher and poet on loan from the nearby University of Washington walks into her life.
We all know how consuming young lust can be–it can be overwhelming and cause our brains to seek out positives when they aren’t really there. Such is the case for poor Sara who is convinced that student teacher Mr. Haddings shares the same feelings for her in return. She’s convinced that he has been flirting with her via poetry read aloud in class.
Mr. Haddings has noticed Sara’s affections and has made every intention to deflect them as he should–he is a student teacher after all. Fortunately or unfortunately, Sara has just turned 18 and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by Haddings. He does find her attractive and inspiring…
It’s when Sara has had enough of the toying around that she decides once and for all she will make it clear how she feels about her teacher by delivering a poem to him. She sets out on a rainy morning, resisting her mother’s pleading for her brother to drive her to school, and heads for the bus stop with her friend.
Mr. Haddings is on his way to work in the foggy rain, unsuccessfully ignoring texts from his mother, when he glances down at the phone. Haddings hits Sara with his car.
I grabbed this while perusing the new YA books at the library because the cover was gorgeous. (I know, I know.) This book is a quick read at only 215 pages but even more so because it’s so fast paced. Set over the course of three days–just prior to the accident and the aftermath of it, I found it difficult to put down.
While the writing wasn’t great it was a fun (if it wouldn’t be inappropriate to call it that), easy read. I was a little disappointed with the whole student-teacher developments later on but I won’t spoil anything. My other issue was with Sara’s brother. Boy, that kid really needs a fist to the face in the worst way. I understand it was likely just his reaction to the strong emotions of his sister being so badly hurt but still. Whew, I would have decked that little shit from my hospital bed!
I would recommend this for a quick, easy, young adult read. It’s a good PSA about the perils of texting and driving. (Please don’t do it!!! It can wait.)