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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Alluvion Press (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985762705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985762704
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Blount delivers an emotional exploration of the power of grief and loss..."
 - Publishers Weekly

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

About the Author

Jeffrey Blount is an award-winning author, 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.

More About the Author

Jeffrey Blount is an award-winning author, 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.

Customer Reviews

This would be a great book for any age group but it is aimed towards young adults.
Jackie Paulson
This poignant story shows all the phases of grief a person must experience before they can come to grips with the loss of a loved one.
J. Lesley
I found myself re-reading passages, and turning down the corners of pages so I could go back and read them again later.
momoftwo

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drebbles VINE VOICE on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mae McBride and Heidi Foster have been best friends for years and were looking forward to starting high school together. All of that changes, however, when Mae's father dies while saving Heidi's life. Mae blames Heidi for her father's death and is filled with such anger that she is alienating everyone around her. Can these two ever be friends again?

I read a lot and often while I enjoy a book when reading it I toss it aside when I'm done and move on to the next book. But there are a few books I read that linger with me long after I'm done reading them. "Hating Heidi Foster" is one of those books. Aimed at young adult readers, it is an unforgettable novel of love, loss, and the grieving process. The book is written in the first person from Mae's perspective - an interesting technique since we only get her side of the story, not Heidi's, at least until the end. Author Jeffrey Blount does a good job of portraying Mae's grieving process. Since Mae is only 14 and still dealing with the loss of her father and best friend we only see parts of Mae's story (surely there are guidance counselors at her high school and her friends didn't just walk away). Blount does an excellent job with this and treats Mae very sensitively. Because of the subject matter the novel, while short, is quite intense and Blount very rightly so takes his time explaining the events that led up to Mae's father's death. The final explanation is almost painful to read and one can only imagine what the book would be like if it was written from Heidi's point of view. There was a plot twist towards the end of the book that is a tad too convenient but it still doesn't take away from the beauty of this novel.

"Hating Heidi Foster" is a beautifully done, at times gut-wrenching novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading on December 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 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. And Mae grieves much differently than her mother does. That was a new thought for me: I know people process their emotions in different ways, but to think that the way Mae handles her grief actually causes her mother more pain was really something to consider.

I wasn't sure how much character growth could take place in such a short book, but there was a lot of growth on Mae's part, as well as her mother and Heidi. I loved how Mae starts to stand up for herself and how she eventually sees the error of her ways. The conflict resolution between Mae and Heidi was very welll-done and realistic. I loved the way the other students and high school staff were involved and invested in their lives.

I found the way Mae deals with her grief to be very realistic and relatable. The movies were a nice touch, and something I could easily picture her doing. Mae is definitely no shrinking violet, and once she decides to take charge of things, she really took off.

I would highly recommend Hating Heidi Foster. It's a moving, emotional read with a great message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
In dealing with such a highly charged and emotional subject as the grief of this teenage girl it would have been such a temptation for Jeffrey Blount to give in to cliches. Thank goodness he resisted that temptation. This intensely honest look at grief and loss shows that there are many stages of recovering from a traumatic loss and not all of them are easy to watch. Through all the many phases of her grief Mae McBride wants what would seem to be a simple thing. She wants to know....why. Why did her father willingly risk leaving her behind to live her life without him in order to save Heidi Foster's life? Did he not know how she and her mother would suffer? Did he not care?

This poignant story shows all the phases of grief a person must experience before they can come to grips with the loss of a loved one. The fact that it is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen year old girl simply makes it even more sad. And yet that also makes it available to be used as a tool to help other teens who have to go through this process. Mae was not able to come to grips with this death quickly or easily and the author allows time to pass and discoveries to be made which guide Mae through the process.

This is a lovely, sensitively written book dealing with a difficult subject. It will be of great value to any young person who has suffered the loss of a loved one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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