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Gr 7 Up One night, too many drinks and a tragic car accident in Ashville, NC, forever change the lives of four people. Quinn is BMOC, a promising athlete with a driven father pushing him to succeed at all costs. On this particular evening, he hits a bicyclist on the side of the road and covers up the crime. Laurie is on the fringe of the A-list crowd, and considers using her knowledge of what Quinn did to blackmail him into dating her to boost her popularity. However, compromising her morals could be an even bigger atrocity. Analise is the innocent victim, trapped in her own mind. She doesn't know whether to hang on or let go. And Jeremy is the boy who loves her and hopes she can find her way back, because he can't imagine life without her. Hit and Run demonstrates the power of love and making choices. McDaniel, known for her inspiring novels, has a simplistic style, but a weighty message-it's the way you respond to a given situation that defines who you are and who you will be.-Terri Clark, Smokey Hill Library, Centennial, CO
I am floating in total darkness. Not floating like in water, but on a stream of air. Floating, trapped within a dark cloud . . . my eyes wide open. But there's no light, not even a glimmer, and I can't see. I hear nothing. I feel nothing. No pain. No brush of air against my skin. Not the limbs of my body. Not the beating of my heart. Not the sound of my blood rushing through my ears.
My heartbeat. My sight. My touch. Where are they? Where am I?
Who am I?
Friday, October 21, 6:15 pm
"How many times are you going to change clothes tonight?"
I stop riffling through the contents of my pathetic closet and look over at Judie, my best friend. She's sitting on my bed eating potato chips, spilling salty crumbs all over my comforter.
"As many times as it takes to get it right," I tell her.
"I've seen at least four outfits that look good on you. Why not just eeny-meeny-miney-mo them and get over it? He's going to be here in forty-five minutes." She glances at my bedside clock. "And I still haven't done your hair."
I want to be patient with her, but how can I? She knows that Quentin Palmer--Quin to the entire city of Asheville, North Carolina--has asked me, Laurie Stark, out to a bash at some mountain estate. I think of what Dorothy said when meeting the Wizard of Oz. "I am Dorothy, the small and meek. . . ." Freshman girls like me don't get rushed by senior jocks like Quin. And yet, I was. He came right over to the cafeteria table where I was sitting with Judie two days ago and said, "You're Laurie, aren't you? Want to come to a party Friday night?"
My mouth dropped open. I've worshipped him from afar since school started and now, just before school carnival, he was asking me on a date. Judie nudged me under the table. "This Friday?" Did my voice squeak?
"I'll pick you up at seven," Quin said.
"D-do you need directions?"
"I know where you live."
He gave me a smile that made my blood sizzle, but when he walked away, Judie said, "That's scary."
"What?" I could hardly speak and I was shaking. This happens when a god speaks to you.
"That he knows where you live," she said.
We picked up our trays and headed to the deposit window. I thought every eye in the cafeteria was looking at me because they'd seen Quin come up to my table and talk to me. I thought maybe Judie was jealous. "So then why did he ask me?"
"Because he's working his way through all the new freshman girls at school. It's October and he's up to the S's."
I felt a flare of temper. "That's mean."
"Cool off. I'm kidding. He asked because you're pretty." Judie flashed me a smile.
We've been friends since fifth grade. She's big-boned and round with boobs that need a double-D-cup bra. I'm the tall lanky type with blond hair and size C-cup boobs--okay, a high B. Judie doesn't date anybody. I've dated a few guys, but dumped them when they asked for benefits.
People wonder why we're friends, because we're different. I don't know, but ever since passing from Asheville Middle School to Asheville High, student population just shy of six hundred, we've navigated the wannabe waters of popularity. "With you steering the boat," Judie would say.
Now, with a date to a party with Quin, I see rocks ahead of our boat. But two days ago, I was walking on air. Quin asked me. Me!
When I tell Mom about my date with Quin, she practically does a cartwheel. She knows who Quin is. Everyone who reads the local paper and isn't mentally impaired knows. He's the star of our baseball team, the All-County and All-State team pitcher, member of Parade magazine's A-team, the number-one draft choice of coaches from Duke and North Carolina State and any number of colleges and universities across the country. Quin's hot in every way.
"Tell me how he asked you." Mom wants details, so I give them. Mostly to see her face light up. People say we look alike and I guess we do, but the similarity is only skin deep.
When she went to Asheville High, she was homecoming queen, Miss Student Body, prom queen . . . the list goes on. (My list is painfully short: cross-country team.) Everybody loved Lindsey Duvales, including my dad, Denny Stark. They got married and had me, but the marriage didn't work out, so Dad left Asheville for Columbus, Ohio. Mom sells real estate and makes enough money to keep us both in trendy clothes and decent shoes.
Sometimes I'm sorry she can't go to high school in my place. She likes it all so much more than I do, and now that I've got a date with Quin, I feel more like Lindsey Duvales than Laurie Stark, which is an interesting feeling.
So now, when I'm standing in front of my closet, all my self-assurance goes out the window. Judie scoots off the bed and picks up three outfits scattered on the floor. Two still have the tags on them from when Mom brought them home. She likes shopping for me.
"What's wrong with this?" Judie holds up a green sweater and a plaid miniskirt. "It'll show off your long legs. You should go for it."
"Too Catholic-school girl."
"Then go with jeans and this sweater."
"I hate that sweater."
"How about these jeans?" Judie holds out a pair Mom just bought, with ragged knees and a hole in one thigh. She looks at the price tag and grimaces. "Why would you spend this much money on something from the thrift store?"
"They're brand-new," I tell her. I snatch the jeans and slide them over my legs, zip them up. They fit like a second skin.
"This sweater," Judie says, giving me a pink one that has a low V-neck and barely skims my waistband.
I try it on, stare at myself in the mirror. "You think so?"
"I think so."
Quin agrees. I see it on his face when I come down the stairs, and it makes my insides glow. Mom has him cornered in the living room and is bubbling with enthusiastic questions. I'm embarrassed, but he doesn't seem to mind. All I can think about is getting out of there.
"You kids have fun," Mom calls from the front door as we start down the walk to his car.
I'm thankful she hasn't whipped out her camera.
"You two look alike," he says, opening the door for me.
"I've been told that before." I get in, stare out the window at my mother's figure backlit in the front doorway, where she's standing and waving. I want to sink into the upholstery.
Quin starts the engine. "Buckle up. I drive fast."
I do as I'm told, grateful for his blaring CD player. Now that the commotion is over, now that I'm riding into the dark hills beside Quin Palmer, it occurs to me that I don't know this guy and I have nothing to say to him.
I miss Lindsey Duvales. She'd know how to talk to him. Laurie Stark doesn't.
Posted January 17, 2012
The setting of the book Hit and Run by Lurlene McDaniel is in Ashville, North Carolina. The book has 4 narrators, Analise, Jeremy, Quin, and Laurie. The protagonist in the story is Analise and the antagonists are Quin, Laurie, and Jeremy. The over-all mood in the book is suspenseful because you don’t know what is going to happen to Analise or if Laurie or Quin are going to confess, sad because Analise has been in the hospital for about 6 months and is not getting any better, and guilt because Laurie is blackmailing Quin into dating her for the popularity and they both know what they actually hit that night and if Laurie goes to the police she will get in trouble too. The theme is hopelessness because the people in the book are trying to find hope after a tragedy has happened. The plot summary is this girl was coming home from babysitting and got hit by a car. The highway clean up crew found her the next day and she was rushed to the hospital and was said to be in a coma and a few broken bones. She has to have brain surgery and is donating her hair. Laurie realizes that they hit Analise and not a deer. Laurie talks to Quin about the night they hit something and she manipulates him into dating her until he graduates so she doesn’t tell and mess up his chances of college scholarship. Analise's doctor says she has three months and she just wants to be free. The next day Laurie goes to the Hospital knowing they won’t let her in but tells the front desk that her name is Amy Cartwright, which is Analise’s best friend, so they let her in. Analise knows someone new was in her room when Laurie walked in. When Laurie walked in she broke down and Analise took it offensively. Laurie and her best friend are fighting, her mom is disappointed in her and her dad has left them; however, all she wants to do is disappear. Some major events are that Quin hits something on his way home from a party and Analise gets hit by a car and is in coma. Analise is in critical condition at the hospital. Laurie blackmails Quin into making her popular but that back fires on her and she feels guilty. The doctors say that Analise has 3 months to live. Also, Laurie fakes being sick so she doesn’t have to go to prom with Quin and she confesses to her mom about the accident. Laurie writes a letter with all the evidences about that night to Amy, the book editor for the school. The people get what they deserve for hiding a serious crime. In the book the high point is when Laurie blackmails Quin into dating her exclusively and when she comes face to face with Jeremy, Analise’s boyfriend, and has to decide who she really wants to be. Towards the end Laurie goes to rat Quin out to the police, and we are going to see if Analise is going to live.
I thought the book was very inspiring because how the girl, Laurie fessed up at the end no matter what was going to happen. The strengths of this book is how well it was written. I loved how descriptive it was when Analise was narrating about how she wanted to be free and just fly away. There were really no weaknesses of this book I found all of it very well worded. My overall reaction to this book was very interesting and it taught a good life lesson. I recommend this book to others because of how it keeps you interested and motivated to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to everybody.
In conclusion, you learn how one careless mistake can change your life forever. Also, you acknowledge how you should always own up to
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I read this book at school. IT IS THE GREATEST BOOK! Jeremy's love for Analise is so strong. You should so read this book if you like love books or if like books that makes you went to read more. One more thing I thought Quin was a cheeter. So read the book so good.
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I have been putting this book off for awhile now. But I totally regret it, I wish I had read this book earlier. It is great. The summary on the back of the book actually did not really catch my eye. It was actually the picture on the front of the book. It seemed interesting and different from any other book I have ever read. When I read the first couple of chapters, I was definitely hooked. It is not a slow book at all, what so ever. It keeps you wanting to read more, and thats what it did to me. If you are the type of person that loves mystery and romance, this will definitely get you going. I am looking forward to reading another novel by Lurlene, hopefully it will be as good as this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This was one of my favorite books. Everything about it was just amazing, the plot, characters, decsicions!! I loved everything. If you are looking for a book that is sure to interest alomst anyone i definitly recommend Hit and RunWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2010
This book hit me and touched me in a very strong and sincere way. I have a friend who is currently in the hospital in a coma because he was in a recent car crash. Whenever I read Annalise's parts in the book, I imagined it was like my friend. I had hoped that he too can hear those in his hospital room and is able to sense things and know who comes to see him. This book was an easy read and kept me reading because it was like watching tv because you got to view 4 different people like a drama tv show does. I found it to be decently realistic EXCEPT Annalise riding a bike in the first place. I mean I just can't see a teenager really riding a bike...maybe walking home would have more believeable...I don't know maybe it's just me and I live in KY and I don't see that too much...Overall though, It was a good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Hit and run brings four different people together with just one incedent. It is told in four different point of views throughout the story and can really grasp you in. It is definantly one of the best books i have read in a while!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.