Friday, November 30, 2012
Book Review - Hating Heidi Foster
“Hating Heidi Foster”by award-winning scriptwriter, director and novelist Jeffrey Blount is a fictional, young-adult novel that explores the depth and impact of the connections between family and friends. Influenced by Jeffrey’s daughter Julia, “Hating Heidi Foster”is written to inspire readers to consider the value of their personal relationships.
The novel introduces best friends Mae McBride and Heidi Foster; two best friends who shared a close relationship since early elementary school. Their relationship seemed unbreakable until Mae’s father died while saving Heidi’s life. Blame sets in between the friends and Mae’s sincere feelings suggest that her father put Heidi before her, as she begins to unravel amid that blame and her uncontrollable and atypical anger.
Concurrently, Heidi is beset by guilt, falls into depression and stops eating properly; wasting away physically and emotionally as she determinedly waits for Mae to let her back into their treasured friendship.
A conversation between Blount’s daughter, Julia and her best friend, Emily piqued his interest to pen the novel. Watching the girls laugh, joke and share funny stories as high school seniors triggered memories of them growing up together. He realized that they would experience a slow separation as they entered adulthood.
“Hating Heidi Foster”was given as a graduation gift from Blount to his daughter and best friend. It follows the emotional journey of two young women and is written to encourage readers to reflect on their relationships and recognize the importance of each bond. “Hating Heidi Foster”is available at Barnes & Nobles, at Amazon.com, as Kindle and Nook downloads and at Barston’s Child’s Play in Washington, D.C.
About the Author
Jeffrey Blount is an Emmy Award-Winning television director and an award recipient for scriptwriting on multiple documentary projects. Born and raised in rural Virginia, he now lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Jeanne Meserve. They have two children, Julia and Jake.
My Take on the Book
Being as short as it was I did not expect this book to be as intense as it was! You can feel the emotion and strife that the characters are dealt dealing with as they have to consider how life will continue after tragedy strikes. The plot of this story is truly an emotional roller coaster and just the loss of a father is one thing, but the loss of him to save the friend is completely something else. The author a superb job at taking the reader on a journey that is heart wrenching at times, but so poignant and is able to develop such a memorable story that I have already passed this on (after reading it quickly) to another person, and I know that they too will do the same.
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