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Hating Heidi Foster (Book) Review

 
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A sorrowful account of a friendship on the edge.

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Hating Heidi Foster is tale of friendship conquering all, but it doesn’t shy away from the most somber of “what if?” stories to get there. With a gripping story of sudden loss, and learning to live again, author Jeffrey Blount delivers an engaging and sorrowful experience while at the same time offering hope for redemption. It’s a quick read, not easily forgotten.

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Posted May 24, 2013 by

 
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Mae McBride hates Heidi Foster with every fiber of her being.

Author Jeffrey Blount brings a heart wrenching tale that grips you and won’t let go. The tragic plight of Mae McBride is made ever more real by the fact that the accounting is told entirely in her voice. Hating Heidi Foster is a book of hatred and rage, yes – but it is also a book filled with love, redemption, forgiveness, and a friendship that conquers all.

We meet Mae as her mother scatters her father’s ashes in a river. The sorrow Mae feels at this act is rivaled only by the unbridled hatred she feels towards her former best friend, Heidi Foster. You see, Mae’s father died in the act of saving Heidi Foster – and Mae cannot forgive either one for this fact. If only he had not stepped in, her father would still be alive, still be there to tuck her in at night and cheer her on at all her games. This, her first year of high school, was supposed to be the time of her life.

She and Heidi had so many plans, so much background together – but Mae simply cannot get past the fact that her father chose saving Heidi over being there for Mae, and she simply cannot bear to be around Heidi, who is having some trouble herself in dealing with the shocking and unexpected tragedy. While the world seems to move on around them, these two girls are stuck in a world that seems to have no room for them to become friends again, or even tolerate each other.

Written as a graduation gift to the author’s daughter and her best friend, Hating Heidi Foster was intended to showcase the fact that true friendship can overcome all obstacles. That being said, Hating Heidi Foster is far from a feel good story for most of its scant 105 pages. Instead, it is a gripping tale of grief, loss, and learning to live again – and it Blount does a masterful job with these difficult issues, dropping readers inside Mae’s head for the entire ride. You really pull for Mae to make it through her grief, while at the same time wondering how Heidi and Mae could possibly bridge such a gap. It is really a well written book that will have you thinking long after you close the last page.

Hating Heidi Foster is tale of friendship conquering all, but it doesn’t shy away from the most somber of “what if?” stories to get there. With a gripping story of sudden loss, and learning to live again, author Jeffrey Blount delivers an engaging and sorrowful experience while at the same time offering hope for redemption. It’s a quick read, not easily forgotten.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)