The Hit List by Nikki Urang
Release date: November 11, 2014
Purchased on Kindle
The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.
When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.
Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.
The girl worth the most points? Sadie.
I had several issues with this book, so I’m going to start off by breaking down what I didn’t like and then moving on to some of the aspects that I did.
First of all, I had major issues with the main character, Sadie. To me, she just came across as being super whiny, irritating, and indecisive- I really can’t think of a single thing that I liked about her. She has trust issues due to her injury and betrayal by her ex-boyfriend/ex-dance partner (which the author will be sure to remind you about on at least 15 different occasions). She hardly ever speaks up for herself; instead, she relies on surrounding characters to do all the talking for her. Even when guys are borderline sexually harassing her, she either a: says NOTHING or b: waits around for someone else to protect her. At times she seems incredibly immature and really can’t make up her mind about anything important in her life. Lastly, she seems to be very talented at dancing, and she has a deeply rooted passion for it, yet she keeps forgetting that in her effort to organize her thoughts about one guy or another.
As for the other aspects of this book, I found them to be unoriginal and forgettable. The main love interest is the typical sometimes jerky/ sometimes sweet guy with commitment issues, and money and power bestowed upon him by his parents’ status. There are many cliches which made me want to repeatedly hit myself in the head with my kindle. Example:
“You’re a better person than me. You make me want to be a better person.”
Anyways, Sadie and her love interest (which I won’t name because I’m not sure if that qualifies as a spoiler or not) kept having back and forth moments. There was one point, in fact, where Sadie and Love Interest had just finished fighting, and then Sadie storms off only to come back to him a few pages later. Like I said, indecisive.
Now that I’m done ranting, I’ll tell you what I liked about the book. Firstly, I’ve never read a book set in a dance institute, so that was something new for me that I somewhat enjoyed. Secondly, the fact that Sadie and Love Interest were dance partners added a little bit of heat to the story, because they constantly had to be glued to one another. Lastly, I enjoyed reading about Sadie’s love for dance and the way it made her feel stronger.
That’s pretty much it. Unfortunately, as you can probably tell, my gripes about this book far outweighed any redeeming qualities that I saw.