by Lorie Ann Grover
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.
This book...oh this book. The writing was beautiful as the author had the reader feel the grief and complexity of emotions that Sarah is going through. It's the writing that makes this book feel so complete even though the book actually is not very long at all. That would actually be my only "negative" comment about this book - I wish it would have been longer.
But anyway - I don't want to give too much away as this book is best read with a fresh mind. The words read like poetry and it basically drowns the reader in feelings and imagery.
It's a quick read - read it!