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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
I have to admit that I shed a few happy tears when reading "Hating Heidi Foster" by Jeffrey Blount. Not that being moved at a story about life, death and an intense friendship between two high school girls is something to hide. I was involved in the story from the very beginning. Mae is the main character, a 14-year-old who has an avalanche of emotions after the death of her father in a fire. The fire takes his life and fuels anger in the tender-hearted Mae. You see her best friend Heidi is saved in the blaze thanks to the heroic action of her father. She plays volleyball, looks at a poster of the Hobbit's Bilbo Baggins and tries to comfort her bereft mother. One friend tells her to use her anger on the helpless volleyball and she shines for a minute or two playing the game.
This is a story of dealing with anger and a story of relationships. The lettering format of the story fits the plot to a tee. The broken and bold lettering reminds me of Mae's broken heart. And the chapters have a simple number to introduce a new part of the simple but masterful plot. Mae's internal thoughts are peppered by timely dialogue and an interplay of instant messages. The tragic yet hopeful tale is all about the girls' friendship and the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the fire. Let's just say that Mae's heart heals just a little.