What a powerful read! I found the summary so intriguing that I knew I had to read this one. Consider how you'd feel if your father died saving your best friend---what would you do? Could you still be friends, knowing that your friend is the reason your father is dead? Adding another layer of complexity is the fact that these girls are in high school, which is a hard enough time to live through without any traumatic events. - I'd So Rather Be Reading.com
I thought Hating Heidi Foster was a refreshing change of pace for a young adult book. So many books marketed to teen girls focus on characters who are boy crazy. Hating Heidi Foster is solely about Mae’s struggle to cope with her father’s death and to find a way to forgive her friend. It reminded me of a Jodi Picoult novel in a lot of ways. - Smartmompicks.com
One of the things I loved most about this book is that it wasn’t a paranormal romance (I still CANNOT believe that is a bookstore category), it wasn’t about sex or even romance. It’s simply a story about real life. It reminded me of reading Judy Blume a thousand years ago when I was a young girl. - OOPH.com
This book was gut-wrenching and it has taken me so long to write a review because I could feel the impact of the story but couldn't find the words for it. Don't let the length of this title fool you, it is 120 pages of raw emotion. I hate to say this but I read chapter by chapter on the train while traveling to work and I couldn't read any more than that because I found my eyes tearing up every single chapter. - The Paperback Princess.com
The story is intense, emotional and thought provoking. Yes, a box of tissues was necessary and you may want to read through it more than once. -Sweeps 4 Bloggers.com
When reading this book I felt quite a bit of emotions from sadness, to anger, to guilt. I think being able to feel all of those emotions in this one book is what makes it so great.
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I was not expecting to be so moved while reading Hating Heidi Foster, especially considering that it is a relatively short book. I found myself crying at several points throughout the book, especially at the end. From a mother's point of view, Hating Heidi Foster was even more powerful. I could not imagine what Mae's mother goes through, losing her husband, but also having to help her daughter grieve for her father.
A very indelible and heartbreaking story about loss and forgiveness as Mae goes on a profound journey, leaving readers breathless and wanting more. I was deeply moved by this story and felt the hurt that Mae felt, as she couldn't shake the fact that her father was no longer with her.
This story brought tears to my eyes, for all the characters in the story, for the grief that they all shared and for the ultimate love and forgiveness that these two girls finally gave into. A young adult story but one that can be read by anyone. – Amazon.com
I really enjoyed reading it (and needed some tissues while doing so!) and I would recommend this book, especially to those young adult readers out there. - Love at First Book.com
Hating Heidi Foster is a very emotional read. After losing her father, Mae is of course devastated. The emotional roller coaster that she embarks on is very raw and intense.
- Book Cover Justice.com
Having just finished reading 'Hating Heidi Foster' the only fault I find worth mentioning is that such a touching story be considered as meant only for "young adults". I'm a fifty-some year old man, and read almost all the books my (now grown) three children were assigned or chose to read from about the sixth grade through their senior years of high school, and was often bewildered by the focus on action and being 'timely' at the expense of any kind of depth, in either character development or emotional content. But 'Hating Heidi Foster' is exactly the kind of book I was always hoping they'd be assigned -because it offers readers a painful but valuable opportunity to reflect on love, loss, sacrifice, and selfishness, all while enjoying a smoothly flowing writing style and a story that won't let you walk away without thinking about it. - Amazon.com
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. - - Game Fiends.com
The unfortunate side is that the majority of the books I read, I wouldn’t recommend to my readers. Hating Heidi Foster is an exception. I loved this book from beginning to end.
HATING HEIDI FOSTER is truly a character driven story. The two main girls are exquisitely layered and their personalities expertly crafted. They really do jump right off the page. I felt so deeply connected to them and their issues that I couldn't stand to see the book end. But when it did end - wow, what an amazing and gripping story. - Fresh fiction.com
Hating Heidi Foster is a very endearing and heart wrenching story filled with pain, anger, and the miracle of forgiveness.
- Sweeps 4 Bloggers.com
Outstanding book & one of the few books I give 5 stars to. Hating Heidi Foster will have a permanent place on my bookshelf unless I find a family perhaps that will benefit from it. - givingnsharing.blogspot.com
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Virginia born author and television director Jeffrey Blount has written a novel that, while brief, contains so much emotional energy that it cries to become a film. Along similar lines as the work of Alice Walker (`The Color Purple) and Sapphire (`Precious') and Maya Angelou ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'), African American Blount takes on issues of racism of the sort that the term Jim Crow conjures. It is beautifully written but devastating in message.
- Grady Harp
Wow. Almost Snow White blew me away—on a lot of levels. First, it’s a great story. Secondly, it’s a brilliant feat of absolute ruthless, unrelenting truth-telling. But thirdly (and this one is rare!) the author takes the reader not only into the black world and then into the white world, but most significantly into that space between—where the artificial construct of race is created. Blount takes us right into the “race factory” stocked with ready-to-assemble assumptions, false histories, family secrets, and off-the-shelf rationalizations used to excuse a brutality motivated by greed and the desperate need to retain power and privilege. Bravo!
- Jonathan Odell
I read this book quickly, hoping that Precious could find happiness and anxious to see how she would live her life. I was drawn in by the story, and wanted more – until almost the end of the story. I was thrown out of the story part way through Chapter 12, angered by a choice Precious made. And, while I am still angered by Precious’s choice, the story itself seems stronger as a consequence. There were no easy choices in the world of this novel, and certainly no choices without consequences.
- Jennifer Cameron- Smith
This is a short novel, but it packs quite a punch. I'm no stranger to books that concern racism, but I've never read a story quite like this.
- M.M. Strawberry Reviews
Jeffrey Blount brings a dramatic and powerful realism to the text and story of Almost Snow White that I find very compelling!
- Katelyn Hensel
"A deeply internal and thought driven novel, Almost Snow White succeeds on all levels...Jeffrey Blount brings a dramatic and powerful realism to the text and story..."
- Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
Precious Anne Sprately, a mulatto by way of rape, finds herself full of hopelessness and despair in the face of the constant and seemingly infinite oppression that is a way of life in 1940s Virginia.
Living as a Negro, with all of its pain was no longer acceptable to her. And no matter how hard it was or what crimes she had to commit against her heritage, she would do it. At all costs, she had to be free.
Precious, in a final attempt for happiness and peace of mind, takes advantage of her mixed heritage and passes for white.
"A powerful tale of a young black woman who learns what it is to be black by being white."
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Mae McBride and Heidi Foster were the very best of friends. Tied at the hip from early elementary school, their relationship was the stuff of storybooks, legendary even in the minds of their high school classmates.
That is, until Mae's father died while saving Heidi's life.
When Mae finds out, she blames Heidi. She blames her father for putting Heidi ahead of her. She blames her friends for taking Heidi's side. She begins to unravel amid that blame and her uncontrollable and atypical anger.
At the same time Heidi is beset by guilt, falls into depression and stops eating properly; wasting away physically and emotionally while waiting for Mae to let her back into the friendship she misses so dearly.
Mae, consumed by her hatred of Heidi, the confusion regarding her father's motives, the perceived desertion of her friends and her mother's grief, loses more and more of herself.
What could possibly bring these two old friends back to each other? A miracle?