Forgiveness is rarely easy, and anger can feel like the only thing that’s real when the world falls apart. At least, that’s how it seems to Heidi’s friend Mae who tells her story in Jeffrey Blount’s Hating Heidi Foster. Fourteen-year-old Mae has just lost her father, and it’s all Heidi’s fault. Somehow in the course of being Mae’s best friend Heidi must have made Mae’s father love her more than Mae. That has to be it, because Mae's Dad saved Heid and now Mae and her mother are all alone. Grandparents help with wise advice and hugs, real and virtual. A lovely friendship develops between Mae and her father’s mother as they chat over the internet. But Vballqueen turns into The Tragic One, and can’t even make the volleyball team anymore. Meanwhile all Mae’s teachers and friends are comforting Heidi. Mae hugs her anger close. She hates Heidi. She’s angry with her Dad. And she’s betrayed by everyone else. Wise words don’t help and time doesn’t heal, but a chance revelation might change her point of view when the time is right. Written with a beautifully consistent voice, Hating Heidi Foster is a startlingly real depiction of grief, deeply evocative and haunting. But it’s also a tale of the friendship, memory, communication, and forgiveness. The healing revelation may seem a little too easy, but truly it's almost inevitable; at the right time, something, somewhere, somehow has to give. The reader’s simply glad that healing comes in time for friendship to survive.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book and asked for my honest review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Jeffrey Blount writes a touching story about death, grief, and recovery. Heidi Foster, a teenage girl, loses her father in a tragic accident and almost loses her mother to depression. Through anger and misunderstanding, she almost loses her best friend, too. Going through old family memories and talking through the pain brings Heidi, her mother, and her best friend closure. --Rachel Mitnick