Following the August 1st release of Hillari's Head, I'm posting occasional guest critiques of Hillari's Head from professional media reviewers. Today's review is from Charlotte's Tangled Web of Books.* For additional reviews, go to the reviews page on this website.
Review: Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler ✮✮✮✮
This is not a book that I would normally read. In fact, if I hadn't seen the [Goodreads.com] giveaway for it, I wouldn't have even known about this book. I debated on whether or not to enter, but decided to go for it. I was worried that I might find it boring and struggle to read it, but this book is an absolute gem. There are plenty of books out there that suck you in with over-the-top drama, suspense, action, or even sex, but this book didn't need any of those things. You know that an author is pretty amazing when they can write a book this simple and you just cannot put it down. Given the time, I could have read this book in one sitting. It is just that good.
The characters are very well written and you can't help but attach to them. They are so real, as are their struggles. This isn't your typical boy-meets-girl type of book. It is a story of struggle and learning to overcome the obstacles in life. Kristina's story is heartbreaking. Learning about her life and the trials she went through would make anyone step back and appreciate what they have. Gideon "Duck" Ducker is my favorite person in this book. Despite being described as "homely" and "plain", he is an extremely vibrant person. He is funny, smart, and down to earth. You can't help but love him. The secondary characters are amazing as well, no matter how small their role in the story.
Now, I'm not big on books with lawyer/courtroom type themes. If it isn't written just right, it's boring to me. In this book, however, it is one of the things that really caught my attention. My favorite scene in this book was in the courtroom and I especially loved the closing argument.
This book made me laugh and cry. It is both heartbreaking and inspiring. This is one of those books that anyone could read and love. I very much enjoyed it and hope that Tim Stutler continues to author more great books. He has definitely made a fan out of me.
*August 3, 2013 review. Thank you for the detailed and well-written review, Charlotte!
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