hit book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

High schooler Patsy Klein (yes, really) has just been given an unthinkable assignment: she must kill a list of ten people, or her mother will die. It’s a harsh reality that Patsy’s mother is one of the millions of Americans who’s taken on more debt than they can handle…and the nation’s biggest bank, Valor Savings, is erasing that debt in a horrifying manner. The person who’s contracted the debt has the choice to pay it back, be killed, or kill others in their same position. Patsy has decided to take on the killing for her mom.

I’m going to take a minute here to talk about how utterly ridiculous this plot is. So this banking conglomerate, Valor, is going out and KILLING the people who collectively owe them probably billions of dollars. Maybe it’s just me, but this makes less than no sense. If a person who owes you a lot of money is dead, how can you ever get back any money from them? This is, unless, I’m misunderstanding the whole plot, and somehow Valor automatically takes everything the person owns after they are dead–but this was NEVER mentioned in the book.

Looking past the plot, main character Patsy is just flat and emotionless to me. Understandably, she is nervous when she has to make her first kill, but after that the assassinations become kind of matter-of-fact to her, to the point where she even takes a shower and chills out in a man’s house after killing him. The killings themselves only become interesting to the plot when Patsy somewhat forcibly pieces together that all of the targets on her list have something to do with her. But, even by the end, the most intriguing thing about the book has not been unraveled.

There is a love interest, of course. Wyatt Beard goes to kill Patsy after finding out she was the one who killed his father. Inexplicably, they immediately like each other and become inseparable for the next few days. There is very, very little substance to their relationship, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are somehow making out before they know each other’s names. It even happens that not only did Patsy have to kill Wyatt’s dad, his older brother is also on her list! Even though Wyatt knows this, they continue together towards what can only be an ill fated end.

Hit was a miss on so many levels for me, and I am disappointed because it sounded like something new in the tired young adult genre. It seems that Hit is the first book in a series, but I’m pretty sure I will not be continuing this journey.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Carrie runs the blog Sweet Southern Home, and is a stay at home wife and mom to one little boy. When she’s not reading, she’s usually watching Netflix with her husband, playing outside with her son, or baking. Her family would describe her as sometimes annoyingly sarcastic, but mostly lovable. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.