I can honestly say that I chose this book by its cover, which is not something I typically do when picking out my reading material, however, a marketing job well done! The red cover boasting a pill immediately made me think of Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll, which is something I am drawn to in novels; I decided to just go with my initial reaction and read it. After getting halfway through it, I instantly was placed into the mind of a Millennial. This book depicted the angst and torture that Millennials are going through, where the world is ending because they don’t get their way and everything is so dramatic. It’s not a knock on their character, just a generalized statement through past generational research on my part. Coming from a generation whose work ethic and mindset is completely different, I tend to not be interested in whining, which is what I got from the less-than-developed characters.
The Hit focuses on Adam and his sad life, with a “girlfriend” who isn’t interested and a brother that is MIA. Death is the drug on the street, glamorized by the famous Jimmy Earle and passed out like candy to anyone who is interested in living seven fabulous carefree days before taking their last breath. This poses the obvious question of “If you had one week to live, what would you do?” As you read that, you start to think, or at least I did, and I ended up creating a list in my mind of all of the things I want to accomplish, which was the positive that came out of this book for me. For Adam, he has nothing to lose so taking Death means he can do all of the things that seem important to him before he dies. What could be so worthwhile at such a young age? This is a book about kids who idolize the idols who overdosed righteously.
For me, the writing was good, the read was fast, the idea was thoughtful but the characters were hollow. I couldn’t relate to Adam in any other fashion than he was a typical kid who thinks the world is ending because he lost the love of his life at 17. I felt no attachment to him which is what I look for in a good novel. Having seen the movie “In Time” recently, I was reminded of how familiar this idea was of living it up for a week and then it just ending. My favorite character was Christian, the psychopath who is completely unpredictable and can change moods at the drop of a pin. However, he wasn’t enough to keep me entertained for long.
In summary, not my favorite read this year and when they say don’t judge a book by its cover, well, there is something to be said about that.
Rebecca is passionate and insane, empathetic and aggressive, loud and predictable. She loves reading, writing, shopping and creating. She is what she is and it may not be what the world wants but it is what it is. Love.
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